Posted: 11:02 am Monday, January 6th, 2014

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

By Anthony Chiang

With holiday tournaments behind us, the postseason is near.

It’s hard to believe, but teams have less than a month before district tournaments begin. District races are starting to heat up, as teams battle for top seeds. So, let’s not waste anymore time.

Here’s the new Post Top 10:

1. Grandview Prep (9-0): Showdown against Palm Beach Lakes looms this week.
2. Palm Beach Lakes (12-0): Face tough tests in Grandview Prep and Dwyer this week.
3. Dwyer (12-2): Dropped two of past three games.
4. Park Vista (14-2): Junior Jasmyne Martin is averaging 17.8 points per game for the Cobras.
5. Martin County (12-2): The Tigers have won 10 out of their last 11 games.
6. Lake Worth (9-4): Won the John I. Leonard New Year’s Tournament last week.
7. Suncoast (9-6): On a two-game losing streak.
8. Pahokee (7-2): Malaysia Robinson’s scoring ability has led the Blue Devils.
9. Boca Raton (7-5): On a two-game losing skid.
10. Wellington (9-4): Features one of the area’s most potent offenses.

Games of the Week:

After the holiday break, teams are ready to make a postseason push. Let’s look at some of the top matchups on this week’s slate of games.

No. 8 Pahokee (7-2) at No. 7 Suncoast (9-6), Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.:
After an 8-3 start, the Chargers have lost three of their past four games. Suncoast will look to get back on track Tuesday, looking for a quality victory over a solid Pahokee team. The last time the Blue Devils faced a team from the Top 10, they fell to Palm Beach Lakes 70-34. Pahokee is hoping for a better result this time around. If the Blue Devils are going to earn a statement win over Suncoast, Malaysia Robinson (19.8 ppg) will have to lead the way.

No. 2 Palm Beach Lakes (12-0) at No. 1 Grandview Prep (9-0), Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.: The top two teams in the Post’s Top 10 will face off this week. This is a huge game. Palm Beach Lakes can move into the No. 1 spot with a victory, and Grandview Prep can strengthen its grip on the No. 1 spot with a win. The Rams will have to find a way to stop Grandview Prep 6-foot-4 center Vionise Pierre-Louis, who is committed to Oklahoma. Pierre-Louis is a force inside, using her size to dominate teams near the basket. If Pierre-Louis has a big game, the Pride will be tough to beat.

No. 3 Dwyer (12-2) at No. 2 Palm Beach Lakes (12-0), Saturday at 7:30 p.m.: As you can see, this is a big week for Palm Beach Lakes. After a big matchup with Grandview Prep, the Rams cap off the week with another important game against Dwyer. We will learn a lot about Palm Beach Lakes this week. On the other side, Dwyer is just trying to rebound after losing two of its past three games. A win over the Rams on Saturday would help get things back on track for the Panthers.