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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

HomeTeam 25: Girls basketball rankings, Week 3

Calvary Christian dropped its first game last week, but should be completely healthy again after the break.

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Calvary Christian dropped its first game last week, but should be completely healthy again after the break.

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November

HomeTeam 25

1. Lakewood (6-0)

This week: Friday-Saturday at Dunnellon Thanksgiving Shootout

Scoop: The Spartans rolled to three straight wins last week, but a bigger test will come this weekend in Ocala. Sophomore guard Toi Smith appears to be the biggest scoring threat now that Siyana Allen is out with a knee injury. Smith scored 29 in Lakewood’s last game against Pinellas Park.

2. Seffner Christian (6-0)

This week: No games scheduled

Scoop: Following a nice 65-64 win against state powerhouse Dunbar, the Crusaders went on to win their last three games last week by an average of 31 points. Four players are averaging double-digit points per game with junior guard Chelsie Hall (19.2 points, 4.7 steals) leading the way.

3. Calvary Christian (6-1)

This week: No games scheduled

Scoop: The Warriors dropped their first game of the season on Saturday against Lake Highland Prep in the final of the Spruce Creek Shootout. They lost by five points, and that was without starting guard Savannah Plentovich, who was out sick. A week off will allow Calvary to get back to full strength.

4. Tampa Catholic (5-1)

This week: Monday vs. Lakewood Ranch

The Crusaders’ schedule was front-loaded with important district games, but so far they’ve dominated all of them, beating Berkeley Prep, Cardinal Mooney and Clearwater Central Catholic last week to achieve a 5-0 record in Class 4A-9. Tampa Catholic will have a light week before taking on Brooks DeBartolo on Dec. 1 in a battle of the district frontrunners.

5. Clearwater (5-0)

This week: No games scheduled

Scoop: The Tornadoes won three straight last week, including a 30-point district win over Northeast. Clearwater’s full-court press style has caused trouble for opponents. Sophomore Alleyah Williams and junior Alex Hannah both average more than 10 points per game.

6. Academy at the Lakes (4-1)

This week: No games scheduled

Scoop: After dropping the season opener to Brooks DeBartolo, the Wildcats have won four straight. Audra Leipold has been a scoring machine, averaging 26.6 points per game. After a week off, the Wildcats have three games, including a rematch with Brooks DeBartolo on Dec. 4.

7. Strawberry Crest (6-0)

This week: No games scheduled

Scoop: Strawberry Crest has one of the best offenses around so far, and the Chargers won their three games against Wharton, Tampa Bay Tech and Lennard last week by an average of 46.6 points. Briana and Ayanna Matthews are combining for 28 points per game.

8. Wiregrass Ranch (4-1)

This week: No games scheduled

Scoop: After losing to Seffner Christian by only two points, the Bulls have rattled off four straight wins, including a big one over Wharton. Senior Traykra Kidd leads the team with 16.1 points per game, but Stephanie Brower, Alex Boldon and Melissa Gordon have proven capable scorers as well.

9. Plant (5-0)

This week: No games scheduled

Scoop: The Panthers have already staked their claim in Class 7A-8, beating Gaither and Wharton last week by 25 and 26 points, respectively. Senior Deja Turner is averaging 19.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.0 steals.

10. Brooks DeBartolo (5-3)

This week: No games scheduled

Scoop: The Phoenix lost a pair of games in Spruce Creek’s All Out Shootout last weekend, but has more than a week to prepare for a crucial rematch against district foe Tampa Catholic, which beat Brooks DeBartolo by 11 points in its season opener.

11. Sickles (5-1)

This week: No games scheduled

Scoop: Sickles lost to Steinbrenner in a low-scoring game last week, but the Gryphons rebounded with a big win against last year’s district champion Freedom. Sophomore Ashley Sieper is putting up a double double so far, averaging 18.2 points and 12.8 rebounds.

12. Palm Harbor University (5-0)

This week: Friday-Saturday at Bartow Thanksgiving tournament

Scoop: Junior guard Julia Ingram is off to a big start, with 22 points per game. She is the only PHU player averaging in double figures, although newcomer Kiana Chew (9.4), Kayli Houmard (8.7) and Nicole Nanos (8.1) are close. This weekend’s tournament should keep the Hurricanes sharp.

13. Land O’Lakes  (3-1)

This week: Friday-Saturday at Bartow Thanksgiving tournament

Scoop: The Gators were humbled in their first loss of the season, 56-20 to Academy at the Lakes. Now the Gators will try to bounce back in Bartow. The first game on Friday will be against Lakeland Kathleen, which has only one win so far. Center Gabby Mills is the only player scoring in double figures for the Gators with 10.8 points per game.

14. Freedom (2-2)

This week: No games scheduled

Scoop: The Patriots lost to Sickles on Friday, their first district loss since 2013. Going behind early in an eight-team district could be tough, but Freedom has the chance to bounce back after the holiday break against Wharton.

15. Northeast (3-3)

This week: Tuesday at Berkeley Prep

Scoop: The Vikings struggled in consecutive losses to Clearwater and Boca Ciega last week. Starting guard Emily Joseph has been limited due to illness, but the Vikings still need to find more scoring. A win on Friday over Tampa Prep was encouraging, but Northeast still has some work to do.

16. Bishop McLaughlin (5-0)

This week: No games scheduled

Scoop: The Hurricanes have won all five games by double digits. Brielle Downing and Alexa Rodriguez have been tough to stop. Both are good 3-point shooters, which makes the Hurricanes hard to defend.  

17. Osceola (3-2)

This week: No games scheduled

Scoop: The Warriors had a tough stretch last week, with losses to Countryside and Clearwater. District games against Dixie Hollins and Boca Ciega await after the Thanksgiving break.

18. Steinbrenner (4-2)

This week: No games scheduled

Scoop: Steinbrenner dropped its first two games of the season but has won the past four, including a big district win against Sickles. The Warriors will truly be tested on Dec. 1 when they take on undefeated Plant.

19. Academy of the Holy Names (3-2)

This week: Monday at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney

Scoop: The Jaguars won their first three games before dropping two in a row in last weekend’s Indian Rocks Thanksgiving Tournament. Next up, Holy Names has three straight district matchups for a chance to improve upon its 2-0 record in Class 4A-9 play.

20. Newsome (3-1)

This week: No games scheduled

Scoop: The Wolves faltered against Plant last week, but they made up for it Friday with an 18-point win against Alonso to go 2-1 in district play. They’ll see Class 8A-6 leader Sarasota Riverview after the holiday break.

21. Middleton (5-1)

This week: No games scheduled

Scoop: The Tigers dropped their first game to Strawberry Crest but are now riding a five-game win streak. Junior forward Sarah Moore has been hot, averaging 19.5 points and 16 rebounds.

22. Indian Rocks Christian (3-1)

This week: No games scheduled

Scoop: The Golden Eagles hung in there against Calvary Christian last week before losing by 11, their first loss of the season. They came back with a solid win over Holy Names. IRC seems to have a balanced team that should compete for the second spot behind Calvary in Class 3A, District 8.

23. Tampa Bay Tech (2-2)

This week: No games scheduled

Scoop: The Titans have struggled here and there, but they proved their potential early in a Week 1 win vs. Steinbrenner. They should have an easy week after the holiday break leading up to back-to-back district matchups with Strawberry Crest and Plant City.  

24. Cambridge Christian (5-1)

This week: No games scheduled

Scoop: The Lancers have already won nearly the amount of games they did in the entire 2014-15 season, and their only loss is against a strong Bishop McLaughlin squad. Because they share a district with the Hurricanes and Seffner Christian, a postseason bid could be an uphill battle, but currently the Lancers are holding their own.

25. Springstead (3-1)

This week: Monday vs. Central

Scoop: The Eagles suffered their first loss on Friday against Nature Coast. That was Nature Coast’s first win of the season. Springstead will try to bounce back against Central before taking the rest of the week off.

On the cusp:  Countryside, Nature Coast, Seminole, Boca Ciega, Armwood, Plant City

[Last modified: Monday, November 23, 2015 12:24pm]

    

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