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 (25-5, last ranking: 1)
The Wildcats may have lost to Mitty (24-5) for the third time this season in the Central Coast Section Division II championship game, but got to the title game with double-digit wins over Westmont (16-11) and St. Francis (18-10).
2. Lowell (25-4, last ranking: 3)
The Cardinals rolled through the Academic Athletic Association playoffs just as they did through the regular season. Lowell dominated Mission (6-18) and Balboa (10-11) in the first two rounds, then took down No. 8 Washington by double digits in the championship game.
3. Sacred Heart Cathedral (15-14, last ranking: 4)
The Irish may be playing their best basketball at the most important stage of the season. Sacred Heart routed Saratoga (21-5) in its first game of the CCS Division III playoffs, took down Santa Cruz (24-4) in the semifinals and upset top-seeded Terra Nova (23-6) in the championship game on Saturday.
4. Mercy (26-3, last ranking: 2)
The Skippers take two steps back after falling to Soquel (25-4) in the CCS Division IV championship game, but took down Notre Dame-Salinas (15-10) and Notre Dame-Belmont (12-15) in prior rounds to get into the title matchup.
5. International (21-10, last ranking: 7)
The Jaguars were on a roll through the North Coast Section Division V playoffs with wins over Head-Royce (18-11), St. Vincent de Paul (24-6) and San Domenico (23-7), then nearly shocked top-seeded St. Joseph Notre Dame (20-10) in a two-point loss to the Pilots in the championship game.
6. University (26-5, last ranking: 6)
The Red Devils took down two solid teams to start off the NCS Division V playoffs with wins over Valley Christian-Dublin (25-4) and Sonoma Academy (25-3), before falling to eventual champion St. Joseph Notre Dame in the semifinals.
7. Convent (17-9, last ranking: 5)
The second-seeded Cubs exited the NCS playoffs with a loss to San Domenico in the second round, but were without starting point guard Isabella Borges due to a season-ending knee injury. Convent took down Roseland Prep (16-12) in the first round of the NCS playoffs.
8. Washington (14-15, last ranking: 9)
The Eagles returned to the AAA championship game, but were ousted for the second-consecutive year by No. 2 Lowell. Washington got to the championship game with wins over Wallenberg (2-22) and No. 9 Galileo, avenging a regular-season loss to the Lions.
9. Galileo (19-9, last ranking: 8)
The Lions were knocked out in the AAA semifinals by No. 8 Washington, but dominated Lincoln (11-17) in a first-round victory.
10. Balboa (10-11, last ranking: 10)
The Bucs surged at the end of the season, but could not take down eventual-champion Lowell in the AAA semifinals after advancing past the first round easily with a win over Burton (5-18).
On the brink: Lick-Wilmerding (10-13), Urban (13-13), Drew (12-11), Bay (12-14)