Illinois Preps Insider’s Girls Basketball top-20: Week 8
Sorry for the week gap. By the time I got back there really wasn’t a point to do the rankings. There wasn’t a whole lot of games last week either so it wouldn’t have made much of a difference.
A common theme in this years rankings is a team that was poised to break into the top-20 lose their last Friday night conference game before we release these. Sorry Lake Forest, that was you this week.
Going against everything I believe in a putting a sub-.500 team in the rankings this late in the season. Bolingbrook has struggled, but after just seeing what’s around the area, there’s no doubt they’re one of the top-20 teams out there.
Special shoutout to Kankakee. Technically they’re not a part of my (ambiguous) “coverage area” but I believe they are the only other undefeated team besides Maine West. If they make it to super-sectionals, I may have to make it out to Coal City to see them play Richwoods.
Once you get past the top-15 you see the pattern of very solid teams who will win the games they’re supposed to, but just don’t have enough to beat anyone in the top-15. There’s a pretty significant drop off.
1. Maine West 1 (21-0) 1
2. Nazareth (18-1) 2
3A is going to be a lot more fun this year
3. Montini (21-3) 3
Has McAuley’s number
4. Mother McAuley (18-2) 4
Hynes injury sure didn’t help
5. Benet (18-4) 6
Much needed down time for Benet
6. Whitney Young (15-4) 7
Finding their groove
7. St. Ignatius (17-4) 8
Is it possible for a top-10 team fly under the radar?
8. Fremd (18-3) 5
Klaczak injury is a killer
9. Simeon (15-7) 9
Gonna just go ahead and not mention what they did this past week…
10. Thornwood (18-1) 10
Suffered first loss in New Orleans
11. New Trier (16-4) 14
Healthy and continually improving
12. Marist (14-6) 11
Difficult to bump them too much after a ridiculously tough week
13. Loyola (17-5) 12
Winning the games they’re supposed to
14. Evanston (15-6) 13
Giving them the benefit of the doubt that they can turn it around
15. Kenwood (14-8) 15
Still very inconsistent, Fremd win was certainly a boost
16. Fenwick (17-7) 17
Brutal week upcoming
17. Geneva (10-6) 20
Still have a great opportunity to go downstate
18. Wheaton North (14-2)
Loss to rival Geneva
19. Lincoln-Way West (15-3) NR
Seven game winning streak
20. Bolingbrook (8-9) NR
Record not an indicator of their talent. Go look at their losses.
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