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 (5-1, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Wildcats flexed their muscles for the first time last week, with three blowout wins over Clayton Valley (5-4), Westmoor (4-2) and Brookside Christian (5-2). The three teams had a combined record of 65-24 last season and all at least made their section playoffs. The Wildcats also had a different leading scorer in each game – senior guard Crystal Sun against Clayton Valley (16 points), sophomore forward Sydney Raggio against Westmoor (13 points) and sophomore forward Brianna Beckman against Brookside Christian (13 points).
2. Sacred Heart Cathedral (6-2, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Irish still are off to their best early-season start since the 2009-2010 school year, but their loss to Eastside Prep (6-3) last week has fans grumbling, especially after No. 1 St. Ignatius beat the same team earlier in the season. That loss was sandwiched between lopsided wins over Westmoor and Scotts Valley (2-5), which were both Central Coast Section playoff teams last year.
3. International (8-0, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Jaguars didn’t play last week, but have the two leading scorers in San Francisco. Sophomore guard Shayna Mehta is averaging 18.8 points per game (her season high is 27 against Lincoln) and junior guard Natalie Kelly is averaging 18.1 (her season high is 31 against Arroyo Grande).
4. Lowell (7-3, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Cardinals’ two losses last week were to undefeated CCS squads Burlingame (8-0) and Wilcox (8-0), and were both by single digits. Lowell also had blowout wins over Arroyo (4-4) and Leland (4-3). Senior forward Taylor Sui was the most consistent scoring threat for the Cardinals last week, averaging 11 points per game.
5. Galileo (8-1, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Lions still trail Lowell in our rankings, but continue to rack up impressive wins. The best last week was a 16-point victory over University (6-3), but Galileo also had blowout wins over winless teams Jefferson (0-4) and Terra Linda (0-5). In their eight wins this season, the Lions have outscored opponents by an average of 25.5 points per game.
6. Mercy (5-3, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Skippers haven’t been tremendously consistent this season and that trend continued last week. Mercy opened the week with a curious loss to previously-winless San Mateo (1-6), which had been outscored by an average of 20 points in their first five losses of the season, including a season-opening loss to No. 4 Lowell. The Skippers then bounced back with a nine-point win over St. Patrick-St. Vincent (4-5), which went 22-7 last season.
7. Lincoln (4-4, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Mustangs didn’t play last week and their record may not be impressive, but their wins over Top 10 opponents Urban and Lick-Wilmerding, as well as a victory over bubble team University, keeps them solidly in our rankings.
8. Urban (6-2, last week’s ranking: 9)
The Blues inched up a spot for the second week in a row after winning their first Urban Shootout tournament since 2006, with wins over Drew (3-7), Mt. Shasta (5-6) and St. Vincent de Paul (5-3). The win over St. Vincent in the tournament championship pushed the Blues over BCL West rival Convent, which lost to the Mustangs in the tournament semifinals.
9. Convent (7-2, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Cubs went 2-1 in the Urban Shootout, but drop two spots entirely due to their loss to St. Vincent in the tournament semifinals. Convent did beat Mt. Shasta and Bay (3-5) in the tournament, and senior guard Bianka Quintanilla-Whye dropped a season-high 33 points in the nine-point loss to St. Vincent.
10. Lick-Wilmerding (8-2, last week’s ranking: 10)
The Tigers only played one game last week – a 27-point win over Contra Costa Christian (3-4) – and will only play a single game again this week. On Friday, Lick will look to upset No. 5 Galileo.
Best of the rest: Balboa (6-6), University (6-3), Washington (3-5), Marshall (1-0), Waldorf (2-0)