Girls Basketball Top 10: Convent still ahead of University

The University girls basketball team celebrates with the BCL West championship trophy after beating Convent in the title game on Saturday at Kezar Pavilion. (Photo by Devin Chen)

Every week, we will be publishing our take on the top ten boys and girls basketball teams in San Francisco. Feel free to make your own rankings and discuss ours in the comment section.

1. St. Ignatius (23-4, last week’s ranking: 1)

The Wildcats looked impressive in the first two rounds of the West Catholic Athletic League tournament last week with lopsided wins over Notre Dame-Belmont (11-14) and St. Francis (17-9), but were humbled in the league championship game by Mitty (21-5). SI will be the No. 2 seed in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs, only behind the Monarchs.

2. Mercy (24-2, last week’s ranking: 2)

The top-seeded Skippers were upset by Menlo (17-9) in the West Bay Athletic League championship game over the weekend, but beat Pinewood (16-11) in the league semifinals. Mercy will have the top seed in the upcoming CCS Division IV playoffs.

3. Lowell (21-4, last week’s ranking: 3)

The Cardinals didn’t play last week, but hold on to the No. 3 spot.

4. Sacred Heart Cathedral (12-14, last week’s ranking: 4)

The Irish beat Valley Christian (9-15) in the first round of the WCAL playoffs, but were blown out by eventual-champion Mitty in the league semifinals. Despite a losing record, Sacred Heart will have the No. 2 seed in the CCS Division III playoffs.

5. Convent (16-8, last week’s ranking: 5)

The Cubs avenged their only regular-season Bay Counties League West loss with a win over Lick-Wilmerding (10-13) in the league semifinals, before being upset by No. 6 University in the championship game. Two regular-season wins over the Red Devils keep Convent ahead of University and the Cubs will host Roseland Prep as the No. 2 seed in the North Coast Section Division V playoffs.

6. University (24-4, last week’s ranking: 6)

The Red Devils ended No. 5 Convent’s run as BCL West champion on Saturday and took down Marin Academy (15-12) in the semifinals. University is seeded fifth in the NCS Division V playoffs and will host Valley Christian-Dublin in the first round.

7. International (18-9, last week’s ranking 8)

The Jaguars rolled through the Bay Counties League Central playoffs with dominating wins over Waldorf (11-17) in the semifinals and San Domenico (20-6) in the championship game. International will have the No. 6 seed in the NCS Division V playoffs and will host Head-Royce in the first round.

8. Galileo (16-8, ranking last week: 7)

The Lions drop a spot despite beating Wallenberg (2-21) in their only game last week.

9. Washington (11-14, last week’s ranking: 10)

The Eagles are on their way back to .500 and move up a spot after a two-win week, featuring victories over Marshall (0-16) and Lincoln (10-16).

10. Balboa (10-10, last week’s ranking: NR)

The Bucs are at .500 for the first time this season and make their first appearance in the Top 10 after wins over Mission (6-16) and Marshall last week.

On the brink: Lick-Wilmerding (10-13), Urban (13-13), Drew (12-11), Lincoln (10-16), Bay (12-13)

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  1. Arthur Chin says:

    Here’s some NORCAL rankings I thought i’d share seeing as CCS and NCS is starting , there are a couple city teams on the move…..

    1 St. Mary’s Stockton 24-3 1
    Charise Holloway had 19 points and Lexi Campbell added five made three pointers in an easy 94-20 win over Tokay. St. Mary’s is 24-3 and the No. 1 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs and will open with Vacaville today.

    2 Bishop O’Dowd Oakland 23-3 2
    Following a loss at St. Mary’s-Stockton which saw Bishop O’Dowd fall from the top spot in the rankings, the Dragons came back to beat Mt. Eden 68-25 and Hayward 66-32. They will look to defend their North Coast Section Division III crown starting on Friday against the winner of Sonoma Valley-Hercules.

    3 Carondelet Concord 23-3 3
    Carondelet closed the regular season with wins over Foothill-Pleasanton and California to get the top seed in the NCS Division II playoffs. The Cougars, which are 23-3 on the year, have a first round bye before hosting the winner of Northgate-Hayward on Friday.

    4 Berkeley Berkeley 23-2 4
    Berkeley is the top seed in the NCS Division I playoffs after compiling a 23-2 record. The Yellowjackets, which beat Hercules 65-38 last week, will face the winner of Foothill (Pleasanton)-Granada on Friday.

    5 Archbishop Mitty San Jose 21-5 6
    After beating Sacred Heart Cathedral 61-36, Mitty put together an impressive performance to knock off St. Ignatius 63-47 in the West Catholic Athletic League finals. The Monarchs had four players in double figures against SI as Kelli Hayes had 19, Vanessa Garner had 16 and Emily Dinger and Amanda Lovely each had 11. They will next play on Saturday in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs.

    6 St. Ignatius San Francisco 23-4 5
    The Wildcats beat Notre Dame-Belmont 52-30 and St. Francis-Mountain View 59-28 before falling to Mitty 63-47 on Saturday night. They had split with the Monarchs in the regular season with the home team winning each time. St. Ignatius is the No. 2 seed in the CCS Division II playoffs and will be in action on Saturday.

    7 Sacramento Sacramento 21-6 7
    Still working back from a knee injury, Jasmine Ware had 22 points and nine rebounds as Sacramento dominated from the beginning in a 61-30 win over Kennedy-Sacramento. The Dragons also beat McClatchy 68-27 for its 17th straight win. They are No. 1 in the SJS Division III playoffs and will play Casa Roble today.

    8 Miramonte Orinda 26-0 8
    Miramonte capped a perfect regular season with wins over Acalanes (74-32) and Campolindo (65-38). The Matadors are now 26-0 and have won 23 of those games by double digits. They open up the NCS Division III playoffs, opposite Bishop O’Dowd, with a bye and face the winner of Tamalpais-Novato on Friday.

    9 St. Mary’s Berkeley 22-6 9
    Gabby Green had 16 points and Shannon Mauldin added 13 as St. Mary’s moved past Piedmont 45-38 in the Bay Shore Athletic League playoffs. The Panthers then beat Salesian 60-48 in the finals behind 20 points from Mikayla Cowling and 19 points from Mauldin. They are the No. 1 seed in the NCS Division IV playoffs and open up against El Molino on Wednesday.

    10 Dougherty Valley San Ramon 18-8 10
    Dougherty Valley had no trouble closing out the regular season with wins over Alhambra (72-19) and Las Lomas (77-17). The Wildcats are on the opposite side of the bracket from Carondelet in the NCS Division II field and will host Newark Memorial today.

    11 Terra Nova Pacifica 21-5 12
    Terra Nova has won nine in a row after getting wins last week against Westmoor (77-53), Menlo-Atherton (73-65) and San Mateo (77-51). In the championship game win over San Mateo, Terilyn Moe had 28 points and Jayzyl Tauala scored 17 points to lead the way. The top seed in the CCS Division III field, Terra Nova will be in action this Saturday.

    12 Modesto Christian Modesto 22-5 13
    Lexi Tubbs led five players in double figures with 15 points as Modesto Christian won easily over Hughson 77-28. The Crusaders also beat Escalon 67-21 as they get set to open up the SJS Division III playoffs. They are the No. 3 seed and will host Los Banos today.

    13 Pleasant Grove Elk Grove 19-8 11
    After beating fellow Division I contender Lincoln-Stockton 68-57 on Tuesday, Pleasant Grove suffered its first league loss of the year to Sheldon 65-60. Dejza James, Avonna Lee and Marissa Wimbley each had 15 points for the Eagles, which led 15-4 after the first quarter. Pleasant Grove is still the top team in the SJS Division I playoffs and open against Chavez today.

    14 Casa Grande Petaluma 27-1 16
    The beat goes on for the Gauchos, which will carry a 27-1 mark into the NCS Division II playoffs after beating Sonoma Valley (70-36) and Analy (54-35). They are the No. 3 seed behind Carondelet and Dougherty Valley and will face Arroyo today.

    15 Deer Valley Antioch 19-7 17
    The Wolverines dispatched Freedom 76-21 and Pittsburg 67-41 to complete the Bay Valley Athletic League undefeated. Monique Mulder had 14 points, eight assists and eight steals against Pittsburg. They get a first round bye in the North Coast Section Division I playoffs and await the winner of Logan-Amador Valley.

    16 Lowell San Francisco 21-4 18
    Lowell was idle this past week. The Cardinals return to action today against Wallenberg.

    17 Ronald E. McNair Stockton 24-3 19
    Asiana Scott had 18 points for McNair, which easily beat West 86-19. The Eagles are the No. 3 seed in the SJS Division II bracket with an opener against Central Valley today.

    18 Heritage Brentwood 22-4 20
    Closing the regular season with four straight wins, Heritage beat Pittsburg 61-43 and Antioch 43-17. The Patriots hold the No. 5 seed in the NCS Division I playoffs and will host Livermore today.

    19 Oak Ridge El Dorado Hills 20-7 NR
    Stock Rising: Oak Ridge had no trouble moving past Ponderosa in a 68-28 victory for its 20th win of the year. The Trojans open up the SJS Division I playoffs against Grant today as the No. 6 seed.

    20 Sheldon Sacramento 20-7 NR
    Stock Rising: Sheldon had a tremendous last week in knocking off small school power Brookside Christian 62-61 followed by a 65-61 upset win against Pleasant Grove. Brianna Burgos had 29 points, including five made three pointers, in the win over the Eagles. The Huskies open the playoffs today against Beyer.

  2. GCJ 01 says:

    Congrats to all of the AAA teams in the Top Ten!

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