Posted: 7:33 pm Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Girls hoops getting some love 

By Post Staff

Who says it’s a down year for girls hoops in the 561? Well OK, we all know the area girls basketball teams haven’t exactly set the world on fire this year.
But hey ladies – you’re getting some love when it really counts – just in time for the postseason.

Before today, Palm Beach Lakes sat all alone in the state rankings, representing the PBC by itself. Jensen Beach, the neighbor just to the north, has sat at No. 2 in 4A most of the year.

But lo and behold, three teams made its debut in the poll today, while Lakes almost made its departure. The Rams are clinging to No. 10 in 6A, now tied for 10th with Sarasota Riverview.

In 4A, those red hot dangerous Suncoast Chargers jumped right in and landed at No. 8 in 4A, four spots behind Jensen Beach. Barring the apocalypse, Jensen and Suncoast (the Post’s No. 1 and 2 teams) will meet up Saturday night in the district finals at Forest Hill. While my fellow blogman Mr. Ben Volin believes Jensen is the ’96 Chicago Bulls reincarnated, I’m taking Suncoast in that one. If you haven’t seen Ariana (AJ) Jackson play, you haven’t seen the area’s best player. Yeah, she’s only a sophomore, but that girl is 5-foot-10 and can do it all. Throw Ashanti Williams’ shooting in the mix, and this is a team to be reckoned with.

In 3A, Cardinal Newman’s great season has finally been recognized. At first sight Newman doesn’t look like anything spectacular, but this team is as fundamentally sound as they come. They’ll beat you with a calculator and a pocket protector, but they’ll win. Give coach Tom Moffett credit – these girls come out to play, and that’s why they’re ranked No. 10 in the state.

And then there’s Summit Christian, blowing past 2A opponents with little regard for safety (it’s that ugly sometimes). Summit debuts at No. 9, and I smell a state tournament berth brewing – oh no wait, that’s my burning dinner, gotta go.