Paul VI guard Kate Klimkiewicz (24) scored 22 points in a win over Tennessee powerhouse Hamilton Heights Christian Academy. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

For many of the best girls' basketball teams in the area, December means a slate of challenging nonconference games. Teams from around the country come to D.C. and its suburbs to see how they stack up with the best teams from the WCAC, ISL and other conferences. 

Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Tenn.), the No. 1 team in ESPN's national rankings, traveled northeast in early December for games against Riverdale Baptist and Paul VI. Riverdale Baptist lost to the Tigers in overtime, while Paul VI scored an eight-point win in its second game of the season. The victory over Hamilton was significant for Coach Scott Allen's squad after it lost its opener against Christ the King (N.Y.) by one point. 

Outside of the private school leagues, T.C. Williams and Herndon have had no problems so far in Northern Virginia, and Tuscarora has dominated Loudoun County. Poolesville and Richard Montgomery remain unbeaten in Montgomery County, and Largo won its first game of the season by 81 points. 

For many of the best girls' basketball teams in the area, December means a slate of challenging nonconference games. Teams from around the country come to D.C. and its suburbs to see how they stack up with the best teams from the WCAC, ISL and other conferences. 

Here are this week's rankings. 

1. St. John's (5-0) Last ranked: 1

The Cadets are rolling early, having won their first five games by an average of 26.6 points. 

2. Paul VI (6-1) LR: 3

After starting their season with a loss, the Panthers have beaten renowned programs from New Jersey, Missouri, New York and Tennessee. 

3. Riverdale Baptist (5-1) LR: 2

A 23-point performance from forward Shakira Austin wasn't enough to defeat Hamilton Heights. 

4. Rock Creek Christian (8-2) LR: 4

Forward Anissa Rivera had 14 points and 14 rebounds as the Eagles dismantled New Hope Academy, 75-49, on Friday. 

5. Georgetown Visitation (6-1) LR: 5

Ellie Mitchell picked up her sixth double-double of the season in a 70-46 win over Holy Cross.

6. T.C. Williams (5-0) LR: 7

The Titans have succeeded thanks in part to forward Elise Levenberry, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Yorktown. 

7. National Christian (4-1) LR: 11

The Eagles couldn't climb out of an early hole against McDonogh, and fell 53-50. 

8. Howard (4-0) LR: 9

The Lions have been dominant on defense this season, allowing an average of 20.5 points through four games.

9. Largo (1-0) LR: 15

After snow prompted a cancellation of a matchup against Herndon, the Lions won their first game of the season, 83-2, over College Park Academy.

10. Herndon (5-0) LR: 19 

Senior guard Devyne Newman had 27 points in a 66-58 win over Chantilly. 

11. Eleanor Roosevelt (1-1) LR: 6

The Lions lost a double-overtime thriller to Herndon in their season opener.

12. Poolesville (4-0) LR: 13 

Erin Green has been at the center of the Falcons' success so far this season, averaging 14.5 points a game. 

13. Bishop McNamara (5-0) LR: 20

 After taking down nonconference opponents from New Jersey and Florida, the Mustangs started 2-0 in WCAC play. 

14. North Point (3-1) LR: 14

Sophomore Synia Johnson had 34 points in a season-opening 82-17 rout of Northern. 

15. Holy Child (5-2) LR: 8 

The Tigers couldn't keep up with two early-season WCAC foes, losing to both Seton and O'Connell. 

16. Bullis (4-2) LR: 16

The Bulldogs defeated Palotti on Sunday to win their Holiday Classic for the second straight year. 

17. Long Reach (2-0) LR: NR

The Lightning had five players in double figures in their season-opening win over Mount Hebron. 

18. Tuscarora (6-0) LR: NR

Senior guard Kennedy Middleton had 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Huskies took down Woodgrove, 75-54. 

19. Marshall (7-1) LR: NR

The Statesmen's only loss of the year so far was a 44-40 defensive battle against Madison. 

20. Parkdale (2-0) LR: NR

After an 18-8 campaign last year, the Panthers have had no troubles so far this season. 

Dropped out: No. 10 New Hope Academy (1-5), No 12. Elizabeth Seton (4-4), No 17.

Edison (3-2) No. 18 Anacostia (4-2)

On the bubble: Langley (6-1), Richard Montgomery (4-0), Loudoun County (5-1), Sidwell Friends (6-0)