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Girls basketball: Boca, Grandview last two teams standing in regional finals

  • 7:00 am Friday, February 12th, 2016 by Adam Lichtenstein
Grace Marko dribbles up the court in the Bobcats' win against Lake Worth on Dec. 3. (Allen Eyestone / Palm Beach Post)

After a bloody regional semifinal that ended the season for Benjamin, Cardinal Newman, Lake Worth and Suncoast, only two teams remain in the quest for a state title.

The only teams left are Boca Raton in Class 8A and Grandview Prep in Class 2A. Neither team is a stranger to high-pressure games, as both made it to the state playoffs last season. A win this weekend sends them back.

Both games start at 7 p.m, with Boca playing Friday and Grandview playing Saturday.

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Class 8A

Deerfield Beach (25-5) at Boca Raton (24-6): Boca Raton coach Nhu Nguyen said in January that he scheduled tough [More]

Girls basketball: Lake Worth-Boca Raton tops regional semifinal schedule

  • 7:00 am Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 by Adam Lichtenstein
Tracey Kemp of Boca Raton loses possession in a turnover during the first period of the matchup against Lake Worth at John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres, January 29, 2016. (Daniel Owen / The Palm Beach Post)

Only two games separate six Palm Beach County teams from the state playoffs in Lakeland.

Boca Raton, Lake Worth, Suncoast, Cardinal Newman, Benjamin and Grandview Prep survived last week’s regional quarterfinals and earned the right to play Tuesday. All games are Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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Class 8A

Lake Worth (19-8) at Boca Raton (23-5): These two teams are far from the strangers. The Bobcats and Trojans have met three times this season, with Boca winning all three games by an average of nearly 23 points. The two squared off as recently as Jan. 29, when the Bobcats beat the Trojans by [More]

Girls basketball: Newman, Gardens, Boca lead county teams into regional quarterfinals

  • 7:00 am Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Adam Lichtenstein
Tracey Kemp of Boca Raton loses possession in a turnover during the first period of the matchup against Lake Worth at John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres, January 29, 2016. (Daniel Owen / The Palm Beach Post)

The district tournaments have all wrapped up and 16 Palm Beach County teams have made it to the regional playoffs.

The 16 teams square off in 14 games that will all start at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Here are the games:

Class 8A
Lake Worth (18-8) at Palm Beach Gardens (19-5)
Wellington (19-8) at Boca Raton (22-5)

Class 7A
Pompano Beach-Ely (17-5) at West Boca Raton (17-8)
Palm Beach Lakes (14-7) at Fort Lauderdale (17-8)

Class 5A
Hallandale (13-13) at Suncoast (21-3)

Class 4A
St. Andrew’s (18-3) at Fort Lauderdale-Cardinal Gibbons (19-4)
Clewiston (3-15) at Cardinal Newman (25-1)
Oxbridge Academy (14-10) at Fort Pierce-Lincoln Park (19-3)

Class 3A
Yeshiva (15-7) at Fort Lauderdale-Westminster Academy (21-5)
Sagemont (7-15) [More]

Girls basketball: Boca Raton named No. 1 8A team in state poll; five other teams ranked

  • 5:00 pm Monday, January 25th, 2016 by Adam Lichtenstein
Boca Raton's Grace Marko goes up for a shot during a girls basketball game on Dec. 3 against Lake Worth on Dec. 3, 2015. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

The Bobcats are the top team in the largest class in this week’s Florida Association of Basketball Coachers/Source Hoops poll.

Boca Raton moved past Flagler Palm Coast, which it beat in a tournament on Jan. 9, to the top spot in Class 8A.

Cardinal Newman, the No. 1 team in this week’s Post Top 10, was ranked second in Class 4A. Oxbridge Academy and St. Andrew’s are ranked Nos. 5 and 7 in 4A, respectively.

Benjamin is seventh in Class 3A, and Suncoast is No. 8 in Class 5A. Palm Beach Gardens and Lake Worth each earned honorable mentions in Class 8A.

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Girls hoops: Cardinal Newman, Boca, Gardens finish the season leading Palm Beach County

  • 1:05 pm Monday, January 25th, 2016 by Adam Lichtenstein
Grace Marko dribbles up the court in the Bobcats' win against Lake Worth on Dec. 3. (Allen Eyestone / Palm Beach Post)

The district tournaments start today, so that means there is only one last girls basketball poll this season.

Cardinal Newman finishes the regular season in the same spot as it has the last few weeks, leading the pack as the sole one-loss team in the county. Boca Raton is behind the Crusaders once again, as the Bobcats had last week off. Gardens, coming off a blowout of ranked Palm Beach Lakes, keeps the third spot, while Suncoast continues its winning streak and sticks at No. 4.

Benjamin joins those four teams in the top 5, jumping ahead of St. Andrew’s with three [More]

Girls basketball: Inside the 2015-16 district tournaments

  • 7:00 am Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 by Adam Lichtenstein

The regular season is over and done with, and it’s time for Palm Beach County teams to fight for district titles.

District 9-8A
Favorite: Palm Beach Gardens
Prediction: Palm Beach Gardens over Wellington in the final
Semifinal and championship games at Wellington.
Wednesday
(5) Seminole Ridge at (4) Palm Beach Central, 7 p.m.
Thursday
Seminole Ridge/Palm Beach Central winner vs. (1) Palm Beach Gardens, 6 p.m; (3) Jupiter vs. (2) Wellington, 6 p.m.;
Friday
Championship game, 7 p.m.

District 10-8A
Favorite: Boca Raton
Prediction: Boca Raton over Lake Worth in the final
Semifinal and championship games at John I. Leonard.
Monday
(7) Santaluces at (2) Lake Worth, 7 p.m.
Tuesday
(6) John I. Leonard at (3) Atlantic, 7 p.m.; (5) Park Vista at (4) [More]

Girls hoops: Newman rolling, Boca retakes second spot in rankings

  • 2:30 pm Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 by Adam Lichtenstein
Boca Raton's Grace Marko goes up for a shot during a girls basketball game on Dec. 3 against Lake Worth on Dec. 3, 2015. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

There is only a week left in the girls basketball season, and Cardinal Newman continues to power through its schedule.

The Crusaders keep their hold on the top spot in this week’s rankings, and the teams behind them remain largely unchanged. Behind Newman, Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens change spots. The Bobcats had a strong, 3-0 week, while the Gators lost to a good Miami Country Day team.

Suncoast and St. Andrew’s stick at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, as they continue their strong seasons. Behind them, a surging Benjamin squad moves from No. 8 to No. 6 after sweeping its [More]

Girls basketball: Palm Beach Lakes to host Martin Luther King Holiday Classic

  • 5:00 pm Thursday, January 14th, 2016 by Adam Lichtenstein

The reigning state champion Palm Beach Lakes girls basketball team will host the Martin Luther King Holiday Classic at its home gym on Friday and Saturday.

The set of games features several of the top teams in the county.

Girls basketball: Newman keeps top spot, Suncoast surges in new top 10

  • 5:00 pm Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Adam Lichtenstein
Jordia Jones (21) maintains possession during Palm Beach Lakes' 65-53 win over West Boca Raton on Jan. 7 (Damon Higgins / Palm Beach Post).

Cardinal Newman continued rolling to keep the top spot in this week’s girls basketball rankings, but there was turmoil further down in the rankings.

Suncoast led the mix up, charging up the rankings after defeating then-No. 2 Palm Beach Lakes by 26 points. The Chargers vault up from unranked to the No. 4 spot this week, as Palm Beach Lakes falls four spots to No. 6. To take Lakes’ spot, Palm Beach Gardens moves up to No. 2, while Boca Raton moves up to No. 3. The Bobcats come off a weekend tournament in Palm Coast where they lost to Seffner Christian, [More]

Girls basketball: Seven schools make top 10 in latest state poll

  • 7:06 pm Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 by Adam Lichtenstein
Brittany Wilcox (23) Kaylon Smith (25) during their win against West Boca Raton on Dec. 11 (Allen Eyestone / Palm Beach Post)

Seven county schools were ranked in the latest Florida Association of Basketball Coaches / Source Hoops girls basketball rankings, which were released Tuesday.

Boca Raton and Cardinal Newman remain the two top Palm Beach County teams, ranking second in Class 8A and 4A, respectively. Class 4A remains a strong suit for the county, as St. Andrew’s (fourth) and Oxbridge Academy (eighth) also rank in the top 10. Reigning state champion Palm Beach Lakes sits at eighth in Class 7A, Benjamin is No. 7 in Class 3A and Pahokee rounds out the ranked Palm Beach County teams in the ninth spot in [More]