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Illinois Preps Insider’s girls basketball top-20: 2020 Regionals

It was very nearly a copy and paste week for the rankings, but a Lake Forest regional win flipped that script.

This is the first year since we started where there were no major upsets on regional weekend. It’s much more rare in girls basketball, but usually you get the one off like Maine South over Proviso East in 2018, and Yorkville last year.

But as for this year, nothing. It was almost as chalk as you could have gotten. I think you’ll see a couple of surprising results in sectionals, but who knows.

Selfishly, I enjoy playoff rankings because records are so much easier to change. You won a regional? Great, add two wins. Get bumped in the sectional finals? One win, one loss.

Lake Forest gets back in the rankings this week. Tough decision, was a toss-up between them and Loyola, but the Scouts get the nod as the only team with a win against a team in the top-20 this week.

1. Benet (28-2) 1

Oswego on deck

2. Montini (28-4) 2

Boylan Catholic at Hampshire

3. Simeon (29-2) 3

No problems in 3A

4. Maine West (28-3) 4

Tough matchup against a healthy Loyola

5. Lincoln-Way West (28-3) 5

Long travel days will continue

6. Libertyville (25-4) 6

NSC vs. MSL bragging rights game

7. Homewood-Flosssmoor (24-4) 8

Rematch of last years sectional final

8. Kenwood (26-6) 7

Rematch against Simeon likely

9. Evanston (23-6) 9

Third go around with Maine South

10. Bolingbrook (22-7) 10

Naperville North awaits

11. Marist (29-4) 11

Thornwood no pushover

12. Fremd (25-7) 13

Tough sectional to navigate

13. Hersey (26-7) 10

Eidle keeps getting better

14. Whitney Young (23-7) 14

No issues thus far

15. Maine South (26-6) 15

Convincing win over Elk Grove

16. Grayslake Central (28-3) 16

Tighter game then expected

17. Fenwick (25-8) 18

Little pushback from regional opponents

18. Geneva (23-6) 20

Back in the regional championship win column

19. Naperville North (25-5) 19

Rallied from 12 down

20. Lake Forest (25-8) NR

Nice regional win over Stevenson

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