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Illinois Preps Insider’s girls basketball top-20: Final Rankings


The 2017-18 girls basketball season has come to an end.

It’s been quite the ride, but Geneva have prevailed to bring home their second straight state championship, so congrats to the Vikings.

Special shoutouts to Nazareth and Glenbard South, who had a record setting season for their girls basketball program and we can’t forget to mention Montini and Maine West, who finished second and third in class 4A respectively.

Only one slight change for this week. Instead of putting last week’s rankings after the record, it will be the ranking from the first one we put out all the way back in December.

Not to pat myself on the back too much, but it looks as though I did an okay job in the first ever rankings.

Thank you all for reading and commenting throughout the year. I have really enjoyed all the feedback and readership each and every one of you provided.

1. Geneva (31-3) 1

Back to back state champions.

2. Montini (34-3) 2

Runner up in class 4A.

3. Maine West (32-2) 3

Third place win over Edwardsville.

4. Nazareth (31-3) 4

Best ever finish for Nazareth and coach Eddie Stritzel.

5. Bolingbrook (25-5) 14

Lost in super-sectionals to Montini.

6. Mother McAuley (26-8) 7

Not enough to overcome Edwardsville in super-sectionals.

7. Benet (28-5) 5

Young and poised to compete next season.

8. Loyola (25-6) 9

Martinez returns with a nice group of underclassmen.

9. Wheaton-Warrenville South (27-4) NR

Junior heavy team, will need someone to make the jump.

10. Lincoln-Way East (28-5) NR

Winning at McAuley was always going to be a tough task.

11. Naperville Central (28-6) 11

Always a contender in the DuPage Valley.

12. Proviso East (26-3) 6

Early exit from playoffs doesn’t take away from regular season success.

13. Marist (22-7) 17

Another young team looking to breakout next season.

14. Kenwood (28-6) 18

Johnson will be hard to replace.

15. Whitney Young (19-6) 16

Will be in the conversation for preseason number one next year.

16. Glenbard South (30-4) NR

Unbelievable finish to the season for the Raiders. Proved me wrong one last time.

17. New Trier (24-6) 12

Losing a lot in the Murdock twins.

18. Marshall (22-7) NR

Class 2A state champions.

19. Warren (25-6) NR

Unfortunate end in sectionals. Hughes and Dickson leave lasting legacy.

20. Lake Zurich (20-11) NR

Held their own against Maine West, but wasn’t quite enough.


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