SBLive Florida Girls Basketball Rankings (Jan. 10): American Heritage moves up after big week

St. Thomas Aquinas remains No. 1, and American Heritage moves up to No. 3 in the latest SBLive Florida high school girls basketball rankings.

The rankings are compiled by Ross Van De Griek and are released every Monday during the 2021-22 season.


Jan. 10, 2022

1. St. Thomas Aquinas (13-1)

Previous Rank: 1

Last Week: Defeated Deerfield Beach 77-23, Defeated Western 63-45, Defeated Batavia (IL) 74-52, Defeated The King’s Academy 55-42

This Week: at Coral Springs (Thu.), vs Miami High (Fri.), vs TBD (Sat.)

The Raiders remain at the top, following a 4-0 week with an average margin victory of 26.75 points per game.

2. Wekiva (15-1)

Previous Rank: 2

Last Week: Defeated Timber Creek 53-26

This Week: at Mainland (Tues.), vs Lake Highland Prep (Fri.)

The Mustangs return to action tomorrow night, as they travel to Mainland before a tune-up with nationally ranked Lake Highland Prep on Friday night.

3. American Heritage (Plantation) (15-1)

Previous Rank: 4

Last Week: Defeated Miami Country Day 72-59, Defeated Sprayberry (GA) 77-63

This Week: at Schoolhouse Prep (Thu.)

The Lady Patriots are coming off a 2-0 week, with impressive wins over Miami Country Day and Sprayberry, who is highly ranked in the state of Georgia.

4. Seminole Ridge (8-0)

Previous Rank: 6

Last Week: No games scheduled

This Week: at Spanish River (Mon.), at Palm Beach Gardens (Wed.), vs Miami Country Day (Fri.), vs TBD (Sat.)

The Lady Hawks move up to No. 4 in this week’s rankings, despite not playing last week. They will kick-off a four-game road/neutral swing tonight as they travel to Spanish River.

5. Montverde Academy (12-3)

Previous Rank: 3

Last Week: No games scheduled

This Week: vs DME Academy (Wed.), vs TBD (Sat.)

The Lady Eagles round out the Top 5, in this week’s SBLive Florida girls’ basketball rankings. They will return to action on Wednesday against nationally ranked DME Academy in a rematch from January 1, where DME Academy came out on top, 67-59.

6. Sarasota Riverview (13-0)

Previous Rank: 5

Last Week: Defeated North Port 50-29

This Week: at Sumner (Tues.)

The Lady Rams check in this week at No. 6, in this week’s SBLive Florida girls’ basketball rankings. 

Junior forward Samarie Slusarek had a game-high 14 points, in their win over North Port last week.

7. Lake Highland Prep (14-3)

Previous Rank: 9

Last Week: Defeated Galloway (GA) 62-44, Defeated Woodward Academy 74-70

This Week: vs Spruce Creek (Tues.), at Wekiva (Fri.)

Following a 2-0 week at the She Got Game Classic, the Lady Highlanders move up two spots in this week’s rankings.

8. Dillard (12-3)

Previous Rank: 7

Last Week: Defeated Boyd Anderson 53-20

This Week: at Coral Springs Charter (Mon.), vs Cardinal Gibbons (Thu.), vs TBD (Fri.), vs Miami Norland (Sat.)

The Lady Panthers check in this week at No. 8 in this week’s SBLive Florida girls’ basketball rankings. 

Junior forward Khayla Ngodu is currently leading the team in points (17.2) and rebounds (11.4) per game at this point in the season.

9. Dr. Phillips (15-5)

Previous Rank: 11

Last Week: Defeated Landmark Christian (GA) 60-44, Defeated Cardinal Newman (SC) 55-52, Defeated West Forsyth (GA) 49-47

This Week: vs Oak Ridge (Tues.)

The Lady Panthers come into this week, on a 9-game winning streak that dates to December 11 where they lost to American Heritage (Plantation). Sophomore guard Trinity Turner is leading the team in points (14.1), rebounds (8.2) and assists (6.6) per game this season.

10. Florida State University High (Tallahassee) (9-3)

Previous Rank: 10

Last Week: No games scheduled

This Week: at Leon (Tallahassee) (Mon.), at Rickards (Tues.), at Holmes County (Fri.)

The Lady Seminoles have not played since December 30, where they are coming off a 63-41 loss to Miami High. 

11. Brooks-DeBartolo (12-3)

Previous Rank: 13

Last Week: Defeated Cardinal Mooney 49-41, Defeated Academy of the Holy Names 52-38

This Week: at Braden River (Tues.), vs Winter Haven (Fri.) (MLK Shootout at Lakewood HS), vs Clearwater (Sat.) (MLK Shootout at Lakewood HS)

The Phoenix are coming off a 2-0 week, including a win where they knocked off the No. 1 team in Class 3A Cardinal Mooney.

12. Westminster Academy (13-5)

Previous Rank: 14

Last Week: Defeated Newton (GA) 62-36, Defeated Valor Christian (GA) 69-52

This Week: vs SLAM Academy (Miami) (Tues.), vs Carrollton School (Thu.), at Palmer Trinity (Fri.)

The Lady Lions are coming off a 2-0 week at the She Got Game Classic in Atlanta. Freshman guards Lena Girardi and Abby Price took home All-Tournament honors over the weekend.

13. Gulf Coast (14-3)

Previous Rank: Not Ranked

Last Week: Defeated Palmetto Ridge 65-17

This Week: at Naples (Thu.), vs Seacrest Country Day (Sat.)

The Lady Sharks are back in the SBLive Florida girls’ basketball rankings for the first time since early December 2021. 

Senior guard Katie Ambrose had a game-high 14 points and 5 steals in their win over Palmetto Ridge in their last game.

14. Fort Walton Beach (14-3)

Previous Rank: 15

Last Week: Defeated Ponce De Leon 39-33, Defeated Niceville 62-35, Defeated Crestview 48-34

This Week: at Booker T. Washington (Pensacola) (Tues.)

The Lady Vikings are coming into this week, on a 5-game winning streak that dates to December 16, where they sustained a loss to Pine Forest (49-46). 

Senior guard Samantha Sherer is the team’s leading scorer averaging 21.7 points per game at this stage of the season.

15. Miami Country Day (10-5)

Previous Rank: 12

Last Week: Lost to American Heritage (Plantation) 72-59, Defeated Batavia (IL) 64-37

This Week: at Benjamin (Palm Beach Gardens) (Thu.), vs Seminole Ridge (Fri.), vs Blanche Ely (Sat.)

The Lady Spartans round out this week’s SBLive Florida girls’ basketball rankings, checking in at No. 15, following their 1-1 week. They’ll begin a stretch of three games in three days on Thursday night, when they travel to Benjamin School.

On The Bubble: Apopka, Bishop Kenny, Cardinal Gibbons, Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale), Carrollwood Day, Clearwater, Evangelical Christian, Hawthorne, King’s Academy (West Palm Beach), Mandarin, Nease, Plant (Tampa), Seffner Christian, Spruce Creek, South Walton, Trinity Catholic, Wildwood.

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