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Illinois Preps Insider’s Girls Basketball top-20: Week One

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Maybe it was a bit early to write off Mother McAuley.

The Mighty Macs had a very nice win over Libertyville and took care of business against their other opponents. There are a lot of different pieces on that team but Jenna Badali is as good as advertized, and Bella Finnegan has taken a huge step forward so far.

I try not to get too high or too low on teams after the first week of games, but that Simeon win over Bolingbrook was extremely impressive. This will probably be the biggest jump I will ever have for a week one rankings, especially when you consider the teams they passed didn’t even lose this week.

Business as usual for most of the top-20. Libertyville and Stevenson remain for the time being, cause again, don’t want to make wholesale changes in the first week, but St. Viator and Thornwood drop out.

1. Benet (3-0) 1

No early season scares so far

2. Evanston (1-0)

Schedule picks up this week

3. Montini (3-0) 3

Nice win over Stevenson

4. Maine West (4-0) 4

Sloppy, but still winning by 20+

5. Simeon (1-0) 7

Most impressive win of the week

6. Whitney Young (0-0) 5

No games

7. Fremd (2-0) 6

Tricky matchup against Rolling Meadows

8. Lincoln-Way West (5-0) 8

Scoring boatloads of points

9. Homewood-Floosmoor (2-0) 10

Not the prettiest of wins, but got the job done

10. Lake Forest (3-0) 11

Living up to expectations

11. Bolingbrook (2-1)

Ran into the freight train that is Simeon

12. Kenwood (3-0)12

Championship match against Lindblom

13. Fenwick (3-0) 15

Steady win over a solid New Trier team

14. Marist (2-0) 16

Slow start to the schedule

15. Geneva (4-0) 17

Looking like the Geneva teams of old

16. Lake Park (2-0) 18

Others besides Rogers stepping up

17. Mother McAuley (2-0) NR

Libertyville win was solid

18. Libertyville (1-1) 14

Nice bounce back win for a young squad

19. Stevenson (2-1) 20

Hung with Montini for a half

20. Downers Grove North (3-0) NR

Will have their hands full with Maine West

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