espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 5


Welcome to No. 1, Incarnate Word Academy, now hold on tight.

The Red Knights, who won three straight games at the Naples Holiday Shootout in Florida to improve to 11-0, take over the top spot in the espnW 25 Power Rankings for Week 5. A balanced attack from junior Napheesa Collier, Iowa State-bound point guard Nakiah Bell and Kansas State signee McKenna Treece has been spelling trouble for opponents

But don't look now, because here comes No. 7 Regis Jesuit (Colo.), a team that has suffered just one loss on the season, a 50-48 setback to No. 4 Long Beach Poly at the Nike Tournament of Champions.

Mater Dei, which was ranked No. 1 a week ago after winning the Nike Tournament of Champions last month, slips to No. 3 after suffering its first loss of the season, to No. 10 St. Mary's (Berkeley), a team the Monarchs defeated at the Nike TOC.

espnW 25 Power Rankings: Week 5
1Incarnate Word Academy (11-0)
Saint Louis, MO

Last Week: 2
The Red Knights went 3-0 against tough competition at the Naples Holiday Shootout, beating previously ranked Elizabethtown (Ky .) 64-28, No. 18 Paul VI (Va.) 50-38 and No. 5 Blackman (Tenn.) 53-44 in the final. There's no time to ease in at No. 1, though. Incarnate Word takes on No. 7 Regis Jesuit Thursday at the Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

2Duncanville (20-0)
Duncanville, TX

Last Week: 4
Duncanville beat Grand Prairie (Texas) 77-18 and is on cruise control with a winning streak that now stands at 90. Next up are in-state games against Mansfield and DeSoto.

3Mater Dei (12-1)
Santa Ana, CA

Last Week: 1
The Nike Tournament of Champions champions lost their first game of the season, falling 55-41 in a rematch with No. 10 St. Mary's (Berkeley) and falling from the top spot.

4Long Beach Polytechnic (9-1)
Long Beach, CA

Last Week: 5
After beating Bishop O'Dowd (Calif.) 60-50 in the championship of the Hardwood Classic, the Jackrabbits return to action this week with games against city rivals Millikan and Jordan.

5Blackman (14-1)
Murfreesboro, TN

Last Week: 3
The Lady Blaze fell to No. 1 Incarnate Word Academy 53-44 in the final of the Naples Holiday Shootout. A showdown against 2013 national champion and current No. 17 Riverdale (Tenn.) is on the schedule for Friday.

6New Hope Christian Academy (17-0)
Thomasville, NC

Last Week: 7
The closest any team has come to New Hope Christian this season is 15 points. Will that change Friday when Heathwood Hall, featuring the nation's No. 1 player in A'ja Wilson, pays a visit?

7Regis Jesuit (6-1)
Aurora, CO

Last Week: 6
After a long holiday break, Regis Jesuit returns to the court Thursday and takes on new No. 1 Incarnate Word Academy at the Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout.

8Lawrence North (13-0)
Indianapolis, IN

Last Week: 8
Friday's game against No. 13 Bedford North Lawrence has been circled on the calendar.

9Homewood-Flossmoor (8-2)
Flossmoor, IL

Last Week: 9
Homewood-Flossmoor has been cruising against its in-state opponents.

10Saint Mary's College (8-2)
Berkeley, CA

Last Week: 14
Cal-bound Gabby Green scored 18 points in St. Mary's epic upset of former No. 1 Mater Dei.

11St. Mary's (9-3)
Stockton, CA

Last Week: 10
St. Mary's looks to get back on track after a loss to former No. 1 Mater Dei at the West Coast Jamboree.

12Myers Park (12-1)
Charlotte, NC

Last Week: 17
Myers Park finished third at the Naples Holiday Shootout with wins over Sierra Canyon (Calif.) and No. 18 Paul VI (Va.) and a loss to No. 5 Blackman.

13Bedford North Lawrence (13-0)
Bedford, IN

Last Week: 15
Bedford North Lawrence takes its 41-game winning streak into a game against Edgewood on Thursday before clashing with No. 8 Lawrence North on Friday.

14Riverdale Baptist (9-2)
Upper Marlboro, MD

Last Week: 11
Riverdale Baptist rolled by Maryland Academy of Sciences 69-25. Next up is a game against Friendship Collegiate.

15Windward (11-2)
Los Angeles, CA

Last Week: 13
Statement games against No. 10 St. Mary's (Berkeley) and No. 11 St. Mary's (Stockton) are scheduled for later this month.

16Joliet Catholic Academy (12-0)
Joliet, IL

Last Week: 16
Freshman Ty Battle has been standing tall during the hot start.

17Riverdale (12-3)
Murfreesboro, TN

Last Week: 19
Riverdale is looking for the season's statement victory when it takes on No. 5 Blackman on Friday.

18Paul VI (9-3)
Fairfax, VA

Last Week: 12
Paul VI takes a few steps back after going 1-2 at the loaded Naples Holiday Shootout. Paul VI fell to No. 1. Incarnate Word and No. 12 Myers Park and beat Edgewater (Fla.) 41-40.

19Whitney Young (12-1)
Chicago, IL

Last Week: 20
Whitney Young's lone loss was against No. 2 Duncanville. The Dolphins return their focus to in-state opponents this week.

20Nazareth (11-3)
Brooklyn, NY

Last Week: 18
Bianca Cuevas scored 23 points and Nazareth topped Bishop Loughlin 58-44.

21Manvel (22-2)
Manvel, TX

Last Week: 21
Notre Dame signee Brianna Turner is averaging 21 points per game and has led Manvel to a 5-0 mark in district play.

22Southwest Dekalb (12-2)
Decatur, GA

Last Week: 23
Georgia's top team started the year with a 55-53 squeaker at Forest Park.

23Rock Bridge (8-2)
Columbia, MO

Last Week: 22
Rock Bridge takes on Columbus North (Ind.) at the Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout at the Scottrade Center on Thursday.

24M. X. Shabazz (4-1)
Newark, NJ

Last Week: 24
Georgia Tech signee Zaire O'Neil led the way in a 52-38 win over Bloomfield Tech (N.J.).

25Sierra Canyon (12-1)
Chatsworth, CA

Last Week: --
Sierra Canyon enters the espnW 25 Power Rankings after going 2-1 at the Naples Holiday Shootout.
On the bubble:
Dunbar (Fla.)
Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia)
Salmen (La.)
Rogers (Ohio)
Fairmont-Kettering-Fairmont (Ohio)
Murry Bergtraum (N.Y.)
McEachern (Ga.)
Elizabethtown (Ky.)
Dropped out:
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