Posted: 9:32 am Monday, December 9th, 2013

Girls Hoops: Inside the new Top 10, plus this week’s best games 

By Anthony Chiang

The season is flying by and the rankings continue to change.

Palm Beach Lakes (9-0) moved to No. 3 in this week's rankings. (Photo by Allen Eyestone)

Palm Beach Lakes jumped to No. 3, as the Rams swapped spots with Lake Worth in this week’s rankings. Meanwhile, Cardinal Newman made its way into the Top 10 after a 3-0 week.

Here’s the new Post Top 10 entering Week 5 of the season:

1. Grandview Prep (7-0): Stayed perfect with two more wins last week.
2. Dwyer (8-0): Keyanna Harris (21.4 ppg) has not disappointed for the Panthers.
3. Palm Beach Lakes (9-0): Defeated Lake Worth to jump one spot in the rankings.
4. Lake Worth (5-1): Held to 34 percent shooting in loss to Palm Beach Lakes.
5. Park Vista (8-1): Earned a 2-1 record last week, losing to Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas.
6. Wellington (8-2): Outscored three opponents 162-109 this week.
7. Boca Raton (6-3): Lost twice to Dwyer and once to Grandview Prep — nothing to be ashamed of.
8. Suncoast (7-3): Three players averaging double-digit points for the Chargers.
9. Pahokee (5-2): Struggled against Palm Beach Lakes last week.
10. Cardinal Newman (7-3): Milan Morris (19.3 ppg) has led the Crusaders to a nice start.

Games of the Week:

No. 4 Lake Worth (5-1) at No. 5 Park Vista (8-1), Monday at 7:30 p.m.: The Trojans enter this intriguing matchup fresh off a loss to No. 3 Palm Beach Lakes. In the loss, Lake Worth allowed the Rams to score 73 points. If the Trojans aren’t careful, Park Vista can put up similar offensive numbers behind Jasmyne Martin (17.9 ppg) and Emily Lochten (13.9 ppg). But the Cobras are also coming off a loss, as they fell to Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday. Only one team will get back on track Monday.

No. 10 Cardinal Newman (7-3) at St. Andrew’s (7-2), Friday at 6 p.m.: The Crusaders cracked this week’s Top 10, but the Scots are still on the outside looking in. If St. Andrew’s can get past Cardinal Newman on Friday, it will make it hard to keep the Scots out of the rankings. St. Andrew’s has struggled to score recently, though, as it has recorded more than 40 points in just one of its past four games. In order to beat the Crusaders, Kristina Olikhver will have to have a big offensive game for the Scots.

No. 8 Suncoast (7-3) at No. 3 Palm Beach Lakes (9-0), Saturday at 7:30 p.m.: The last time Suncoast faced a top team, it lost to No. 2 Dwyer by nine points. The Chargers will have another chance to show they belong with the area’s best when it takes on an undefeated Palm Beach Lakes team. The Rams have already beaten ranked teams such as No. 10 Cardinal Newman, No. 4 Lake Worth and No. 9 Pahokee this season. At times, Palm Beach Lakes has looked like the county’s best team behind the duo of Kayla Thigpen (20.4 ppg) and Jackie Johnson (18.1 ppg). Suncoast will have to find a way to contain Thigpen and Johnson if it wants to have a chance in this one.