Posted: 6:30 pm Monday, February 13th, 2012

Girls basketball: regional semifinals preview 

By Matt Porter

Eight area teams are left traveling the road to Lakeland. Here’s a preview of Tuesday’s regional semifinals:

All games are at 7 p.m. Admission is $7.

Class 8A
Dwyer (23-4) at Palm Beach Central (20-5)

Both teams have been ranked in the top five all season — Dwyer has been No. 1 from wire to wire — and there’s been no shortage of excitement when the teams meet … Dwyer beat Central by five points in December, but Central led after the second and third quarters. Dwyer topped Central by 10 points on Jan. 18, but Central was missing a key player, senior post Lexus Love. Central beat Dwyer in overtime in the District 9-8A final … Dwyer cruised against Boca in the last round, while Palm Beach Central dominated Park Vista from start to finish. Now they’ll settle this once and for all … Dwyer is ranked No. 10 in Florida by MaxPreps. Palm Beach Central is ranked 21st … Winner plays Parkland-Douglas/Pembroke Pines-West Broward winner at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Class 7A
Palm Beach Lakes (13-10) at Santaluces (22-4)

Lakes beat Santaluces by two points in December, holding on despite missing leading scorer Shanovia Dove, who fouled out with 4:59 left … Santaluces gave Lakes fits in the teams’ January meeting, winning by 21 points on the road … Santaluces beat Lakes for the District 13-7A title thanks to Miriam Pierre’s 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Dove had 32 points for Lakes … Palm Beach Lakes is ranked No. 86 in Florida by MaxPreps. Santaluces is ranked 42nd … Winner plays Hollywood-South Broward/Davie-Nova winner at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Class 4A
Lincoln Park Academy (23-2) at Fort Myers-Dunbar (25-1)

Teams have not met this season … Lincoln Park finished the season at No. 2 in the Post’s top 10 … Lincoln Park and Dunbar each have scored 53 points or more in all but one of their games … Lincoln Park is ranked No. 23 in Florida by MaxPreps. Dunbar is ranked 36th … Winner plays Tampa Catholic/Tampa-Holy Names winner at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Class 3A
Jupiter Christian (16-4) at Naples-Community (18-6)

Teams have not met this season … Improbable run for Jupiter christian, which almost folded its program before the season due to lack of player turnout. The Eagles were forced to cancel their middle school and junior varsity programs … Jupiter Christian’s lone senior, Stephanie Kumler, is the Eagles’ heart and soul. She averaged 14.9 points per game during the regular season from the post … Community is ranked No. 46 in Florida by MaxPreps. Jupiter Christian is 154th … Winner plays the St. Petersburg Catholic/Largo-Indian Rocks Christian winner at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Class 2A
Lake Worth Christian (14-13) at Grandview Prep (21-4)

Rematch of the District 12-2A final, which Grandview won 69-12. Grandview beat Lake Worth Christian 74-13 in January … Lake Worth Christian beat Pine 33-23 in the regional quarterfinals … Lake Worth Christian is ranked No. 450 in Florida by MaxPreps. Grandview Prep is 73rd. Winner plays Sarasota Christian/Naples-First Baptist winner at 7 p.m. Saturday.