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Girls 2022-2023 High School Basketball Week 10 Rankings 

Girls 2022-2023 High School Basketball Week 10 Rankings 


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Week 9

1. Nazareth (1)

Winners of 15 in a row. Play Deerfield Monday. Grace Carstensen has become the go-to scorer. 

2. Fremd (2)

Beat Barrington and held a good Schaumburg team to 9 points.

3. Alton (3)

Who can beat the Redbirds? No one has an answer yet. Teutopolis almost found a way. Redbirds also beat Okawville, who I’ll write more about later. 

4. Bolingbrook (4)

Still has not lost to an in-state foe and is 19-2. 

5. Whitney Young (6)

Followed win over Hersey with dubs against Northside and Butler. 

6. Geneva (7)

Heads into big week in DuKane at 18-3.

7. Kenwood (9)

Sanai Tyler scored 21 in a 68-57 win over Butler. Also beat La Lumiere and Simeon.

8. Lincoln (13)

Lincoln seems capable of dominating near any team in the state. They roared out to a 19-3 lead over Peoria and never let the Lions get closer than 6 in a 48-41 win. 

9. Hersey (10)

Big games next weekend against Prospect and Mother McAuley

10. Maine South (12)

Had its 16 game win streak ended by York, but not before taking control of CSL South with a win over Glenbrook South. 

11. Benet (11)

Defeated Geneseo and Carmel after a loss to Noblesville on Monday. 

12. Libertyville (14)

19-4 and controls destiny in North Suburban conference at 9-1.

13. Quincy Notre Dame (15)

Winners of 15 straight without an in-state loss. 

14. Saint Ignatius (17)

Defeated Mother McAuley this week to earn an outright win of the GCAC Red.

15. Montini (18)

Winners of 6 straight and play Fremd Monday. 

16. O’Fallon (5)

Fell to Okawville, ending a 6-game win streak. Did beat Civic Memorial and Mater Dei.

17. Peoria (21)

Grabbed its 2nd win over PND in 3 tries and lost to Lincoln. 


18. Peoria Notre Dame (16)

Fell to Peoria in what is a great rivalry and matchup for both squads. Did beat Dunlap Monday. 

19. Normal (19)

Up to 22 wins. Pulled out close wins over Richwoods and Lincoln-Way West.

20. Lake Zurich (8)

Been struggling with injuries to arguably its two best players in Baylie Parks and Avery Cooper. Difficult to pinpoint where they should be given that with both players they’re a top 10 team and without either they’re not a top 25 team. Stevenson beat them and if LZ doesn’t get healthy, SHS or others could find itself in a top 25 spot. 

21. Carmel Catholic (20)

Beat Stevenson, lost to Benet and held Marian Catholic to 24 points in a win.

22. Deerfield (23)

Has won 6 straight, including wins over Mother McAuley and Barrington. Plays Nazareth Monday. 

23. Lyons Township (25)

Undefeated in West Suburban and has won 7 straight. Plays Mother McAuley Monday.

24. Loyola Academy (24)

Now 19-4 with a fun matchup against Glenbrook South coming Tuesday. 

25. Barrington (22)

The saving grace for the 16-8 Fillies is that they’re still built in a way that could lend itself to postseason success. Have lost 3 of last 5.

Unranked team notes 


Beat O’Fallon before losing to Alton. 

Really conflicted when it comes to the greater St. Louis area. Alton is the undisputed best on the east side of the Mississippi in the area. O’Fallon has taken Alton to the wire multiple times and Okawville has a win over O’Fallon now (55-50). The Rockets also defeated the O’Fallon Panthers twice last year. It’s hard to justify ranking O’Fallon above Okawville, but do think the Panthers have a better resume, despite losing to Okawville. 

York (UR) 

Now 17-5 after ending Maine South’s, 16-game win streak Stella Kohl was big in the game. 

Neuqua Valley 

Undefeated in conference play and 16-9 overall. Defeated Naperville North this week but also ha a recent loss to Boylan Catholic. 

Plainfield East

10-0 in the SPC and has won 7 straight games. Lexi Sepulveda scoring quite a few points. 


Now 20-3 and has won 7 straight. 


18-2 undefeated in the Mid-Illini and has only lost to Normal.


17-4 and played Peoria Notre Dame within a point on the 16th. Now 7-1 in Mid-Illini .

Girls 2022-2023 High School Basketball Week 9 Rankings 

Girls 2022-2023 High School Basketball Week 9 Rankings

(Monday, Jan. 16 games included)

Week 2

Week 4

Week 5

Week 7

Week 8

(Week 8 rankings in parentheses)

1. Nazareth (1) 

Testing themselves to begin the new year, the Roadrunners convincingly defeated Fremd, Naperville North and Batavia consecutively.

2. Fremd (2)

18-2 after a loss to Nazareth and a win vs. Conant. 

3. Alton (3)

Improved to 21-0 with wins over Collinsville, Edwardsville, Triad and Teutopolis, the later in an exciting 58-56. Laila Bakery scored 20 points in the Teutopolis win. 

4. Bolingbrook (4) 

Lost to Mason (OH) 44-43, both losses are out-of-state. Also beat Shaker Heights (OH), Lincoln-Way West and Lincoln-Way East.

5. O’Fallon (9)

Wins vs. Belleville West and Hillsboro.

6. Whitney Young (11)

Defeated Hersey at Benet, as Destiny Jackson and Skylar Jones scored 25 points apiece and Olivia Vick hit timely 3-pointers late. Victories over Lane Tech, Lincoln Park and Evanston.

7. Geneva (6)

Fell at Montini in a thrilling game, then defeated Glenbrook South. Notched wins over St. Charles East and Lake Park. 

8. Lake Zurich (8)

Without Baylie Parks, defeated Glenbrook South in a double overtime thriller at Montini Catholic in the Coach Kipp Hoopsfest. Then played without Parks, and had Avery Cooper sustain an injury in the second quarter of a loss to St. Charles North. Defeated Libertyville and Mundelein during the week. 

9. Kenwood (4)

Big week of matchups, beat Phillips, lost to Loyola Academy and defeated Libertyville in Overtime. 

10. Hersey (10)

Lost to Whitney Young and defeated Elk Grove. 

11. Benet (7)

Fell to Noblesville (IN) as Sam Trimberger scored 22. Had a win over Proviso West. 

12. Maine South (15) 

Winners of 14 straight after beating Carmel, New Trier and Prospect.

13. Lincoln (20)

Kloe Froebe’s ridiculous triple-double of 43 points, 11 rebounds and 11 steals led Lincoln to a 91-54 thrashing of Wheaton North.

Also beat Champaign Central. Puts undefeated, 22-0 mark on the line Saturday vs. Peoria.

14. Libertyville (12)

Led late but couldn’t hold on vs. Kenwood, also lost to Lake Zurich. Defeated Zion-Benton and Stevenson, the latter on an Emily Fisher buzzer-beater. Fisher also became the program’s all-time leading scorer.  

15. Quincy Notre Dame (13)

Defeated Rochester by 10 and Rock Island by 53. 

16. Peoria Notre Dame (18)

Handed Normal its first loss of the season, 49-46. Had a close call vs. Elmwood, 34-31 and bested Winnebago and Dunlap 52-51.

17. St. Ignatius (UR)

Undefeated in the GCAC and had wins this week against Loyola Academy and York. 10 straight wins against Illinois foes. 

18. Montini (19)

Big win at home Coach Kipp Hoopsfest against Geneva, with Victoria Matulevicius scoring the game-winner. Also defeated Marist, Fenwick and Rosary.


19. Normal  (14)

Lost its first two games of the season to Peoria Notre Dame and Incarnate Word (MO.) Won over East Moline. 

20. Carmel (16)

Lost to Maine South, defeated Conant, Huntley and Stevenson. 

21. Peoria (21)

Defeated Richwoods and Pattonville (MO.) , has a rubber match with peoria Notre Dame coming up Thursday. 

22. Barrington (22) 

Lone game was a win over Palatine. Has a game at Fremd Tuesday. 

23. Deerfield (23)

Now 17-4  after wins over Maine West, Vernon Hills and Mother McAuley. Play Barrington Wednesday.

24. Loyola Academy (17)

Defeated Kenwood, Northside and Minooka. Fell against Saint Ignatius and Lincoln-Way Central. 

25. Lyons (24)

Handed losses to Glenbard West, Hinsdale Central, Downers Grove South and St. Charles East.  

7 Unranked Team Notes:

Naperville North can play with near anyone in the state and has played close games with some of the state’s best.

Glenbrook South impressed me against Lake Zurich and Geneva. 

St. Charles North  has been dealt some heavy losses, but is looking really good night now. 7 straight wins.  

Huntley has been on the fringe of rankings for a while, had a good win this week vs. Lincoln-Way East (67-54).

Stevenson still has a chance to improve its standing among the state’s best within remaining games against Lake Forest, Lake Zurich and Nazareth Academy. 

Trinity has been playing great ball against good teams. Will enter the postseason potentially as the best team in the state with double-digit losses (currently 13-9). 

Marian Catholic is up to 20 wins and has won 13 straight games since losing to Providence Catholic. 

Illinois Girls Hoops Week 8 Top Performers And Grow The Game Notes 

Illinois Girls Hoops Week 8 Top Performers And Grow The Game Notes 

Each week, I’ll be highlighting the best team and individual performances from around the state that stood out in girls basketball. It could be a state record, an amazing highlight or anything in between. Last season, I tended to base the top performers on stats from several games over the course of a week. For this season’s individual honorees I’ll be focusing on individual game performances. This will hopefully help me recognize more players and spend less time searching for statistics. 

As far as teams go, I want to highlight squads that upset highly-respected foes, put up absurd statistical performances or set new program records, things of that nature, over the course of the week, which will be focused on results over a week and not just in one game. 

Stats are critical to highlight these players and teams. Get in touch to submit a girls team or player at any point during the 2022-2023 season. You can submit stats to our Twitter, @ILL_HS_Hoops and @ill_hoop_scoops. I can also be reached at or on Twitter @Kaleb_M_Carter. 

Editor’s note: Not every submission is included in the top performers. Choices made at KC’s discretion. Games eligible to be considered for top performers were played Jan. 2-8

Grow The Game Shootout Notes 

I attended the concluding day of the Grow The game Shootout at North Central College in Naperville. I saw Stevenson-Evanston, Barrington-Montini Catholic, Alton-Hersey, Maine West-Lake Forest and Highland Park-University High.

No team was more impressive Saturday than the undefeated, 18-0 Alton Redbirds in a 63-50 win over Hersey. 

The Redbirds led by as much 19, withstood a run where the Huskies cut it to 7 in the third quarter , and looked consistent at every spot on the floor. 

“The goal was to stay disciplined, make sure we stay mentally here, don’t take mental breaks on (defense), communication, talk just play the best we had,” sophomore forward Jarius Powers said. 

The big, likely future D1 forward scored 18 points. She muscled up buckets, established good inside position for timely buckets and scored when it was most critical. Double-doubles are common occurrences for Powers, who was averaging 12.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game through 15 games. Proctor (12.8) and Lewis (10.8) were also averaging double-digit scoring figures. 

“The attitude I approach (with) is you know you can depend on me to come through in the clutch in big games and I’m not going to disappoint you,” Powers said. “I love my teammates to death and I think they’ve got the trust in me in big games when we’re close to give me the ball.”

Sophomore point guard Kiyoko Proctor scored 15 points in the win over Hersey and led Alton’s relentless defense with 9 steals, and distributed 5 assists. She looked beyond her years in terms of composure and getting the Redbirds into their offense. 

Alyssa Lewis (2024), while often a scorer, uses her athleticism to lock up opponents. 

Laila Blakeny (2023) and Kaylea Lacey (2026), the latter already a physical match or superior physically to her elder peers, played well Saturday too. 

Talia Norman (2025) provides a great deal of size off the bench for the Redbirds.

With the absence of Megan Mrowicki for the Huskies, Natalie Alesia (2023) has had to step up and scored 20 points in earning POTG honors.

Some Takeaways

-Stevenson’s a much-improved team from what I can tell. Kate Arne (2024) has had to pick up more slack. The young guards are better. Emory Klatt (2024) reached 1,000 career points in the game. 

-Having watched Montini twice, they’re one of the more enjoyable teams to watch on both sides of the ball and you expect players to make the smart play.

-Barrington has to find more ways to get out and run. Also in half-court, keep getting touches for Molly O’Riordan (2024). Adaobe Ibe’s (2024) role seems to be growing.

-As a 2A squad, University High is going to have the potential to make another postseason run due to its size and athleticism. 

-Highland Park has a ton of size. They were able to get some good high-low looks that made a difference. 

-Start making more perimeter shots and Maine West may surprise some teams down the stretch. 

-Lake Forest’s Rachel Kaus (2023) does so much, it’s hard to keep up. Her court-vision and movement without the ball separate her from many good bigs. She’ll be a great addition to Cornell, which has Maine South 2022 grad Emily Page already succeeding. 

Here are the players who I most enjoyed watching on the floor at North Central College. 

I did this in a Twitter post recently about the Morton College tourney, so going to include this tidbit.

Stevenson – Kate Arne (2023) (Improved offensively)

Evanston – Ciara Gentile (2023)  (Defensive deterrer )

Barrington – Gwen Adler (Is everywhere all at once)

Montini – Victoria Matulevicius (2024) (high-volume scoring capabilities)

Hersey – Natalie Alesia (2023) (Picking up more responsibility)

Alton – Kiyoko Proctor (2025) (Young, skilled, feisty and in control)

Highland Park – McKenzie Reitmayer (2024) (Skilled in a number of ways)

University – Kari Merriweather  (Spark plug with super athleticism)

Lake Forest – Bella Ranallo (Highly skilled, great insticts, can tell she’s a multi-sport athlete just from watching)

Maine West – Aya Deiri (Athletic, defends, attacking on offense and plays with intensity)

Notable Week 8 Team Performances


Incredible week with a win over previously-unbeaten Fieldcrest, 48-38. Also beat Beardstown and Havana. Was 17-0 after the week.


Macy Groharing scored 27 points in a 72-56 win over Morrison. The Tigers also defeated Rock Falls 54-44 and sit at 15-2 and unbeaten in the Big Northern.  


Kate Arne scored 24 vs. Hampshire. Emory Klatt also reached 1,000 career points in the Evanston win.


Pulled out single-digit wins over conference foes Ottawa, 46-43 and LaSalle-Peru, 58-54. 


Won the Lady Jacket Midwinter Classic tournament with a 32-27 win over Marissa/Coulterville. Camrynn Howie was tournament MVP. Also beat Dupo and New Athens.


Defeated Pleasant Plains and Mahomet-Seymour by 24 and 25 points, respectively.

Parkview Christian Academy

Defeated Heritage Christian of Indiana 46-33 to improve to 16-0. Grace Lambes is averaging 17.7 points per game and Liz Griswold is contributing 16.6 points. 

Mater Dei (Breese)

Wins over Althoff Catholic, 39-35 and Benton, 43-31, have the Knights at 13-3. 


Had a 5-game win streak going at the end of last week after Riverton, Vandalia and Southwestern, allowing an average of 29.7 points during the week. 


Nabbed close wins over Mattoon, 60-57, and Rochester, 47-43. Record improve to 14-2 after the pair of wins. 


Wins over Somonauk-Leland, Polo and Aquin Catholic. 

Notable Week 8 Individual Performances

Janae Kent, Oak Forest, Sr. 

30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 steals in a 58-42 win over Tinley Park. 

Heidi Rathmann, Antioch, Fr. 

Put up 28 points, 10 rebounds, 6 steals and 2 blocks in a 58-51 victory vs. Wauconda. 

Trinity Jones, Naperville Central, Fr.

Totaled 29 points, 10 rebonds, 8 blocks and 4 steals as the Redhawks beat Plainfield Central 56-49. 

Abbey Schreacke, Quincy Notre Dame, Sr. 

 Scored 34 points as her team defeated 1A power Okawville 61-54.

Alayna Kraus, Okawville, Jr.

Had 24 points, 4 3-pointers, 3 assists in loss to QND.

Lauren Miller, Central/Southeastern

Scored 27 in a 50-39 win over  Lewistown. Her team is now 15-2 as of Sunday. 

Aaliyah Guyton, Peoria, Jr. 

Totaled 28 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds and 6 steals in a win over Champaign Central. 

Lexi Sepulveda, Plainfield East, Jr.

Posted 32 points in a 70-64 victory vs. Plainfield North. 

Makenna Yeager, Glenwood, Jr. 

Scored 25 in a win over Eisenhower. 

Sophia Remmel, Dunlap, Sr. 

Tallied 17 points 6 rebounds and 4 assists in a 59-38 win over Morton. 

Page Erickson, Central (Burlington), Sr. 

In a win vs. Cary-Grove, had 23 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. 

Aubrey Galvan, Deerfield, So. 

Totaled 22 points 12 steals and 6 assists in a win over Marist. 

Elise Ward, Marist, Sr. 

In same game as Galvan’s performance, the lengthy forward put up 29 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists. 

Catey Carney, Glenbard East, Jr. 

Had 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals vs. Elgin.

Maeve Hassett, Oak Lawn, Jr. 

Knocked down 9 3-pointers and scored 34 points vs. Eisenhower.

Bella Kedryna, Lemont, Sr.

Had 30 in a 37-30 win over Argo.

Iyanah Crosby, Richards, Jr.

Scored 30 as her team beat De La Salle 60-43

Payton Toussaint, Johnsburg, Sr.

Had 22 points, 7 3-pointers in a 52-27 win over North Boone.

Amelie Flowers, Hinsdale South, Jr. 

Totaled 23 points, 8 rebounds in a tight, 43-40 victory against Glenbard South.

Sophia Loden, Mascoutah, Sr.

Scored 23 points and had 18 rebounds in a win over Civic Memorial.

Tessa Crawford, Jerseyville, Jr.

20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals, 5 assists vs. Carrollton. 

Grace Wilke, Highland, Sr.

Had 24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assists in a win over Waterloo.

Abby Compton, Goreville, Jr.

Tallied 23 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists in a win over Johnston City. 

Girls 2022-2023 High School Basketball Week 8 Rankings

Girls 2022-2023 High School Basketball Week 8 Rankings 

After one week of play in the calendar year, we head toward a grueling stretch of conference games for many of the state’s best teams. 

Previous rankings: 

Week 2

Week 4

Week 5

Week 7

(Week 7 rankings in orange parentheses)

1. Nazareth Academy (1)

Defeated conference foe Benet and still has not lost to an in-state foe. The zone defense the Roadrunners employ can slow any of the state’s best offenses. Mary Bridget Wilson’s defense, tenacity and heads-up play make a huge impact that stats just cannot tell clear enough. 

They host No. 2 Fremd on Monday.

2. Fremd (2)

Only played Palatine this week and won comfortably. 

An exciting matchup set for Monday at Nazareth. 

3. Alton (6)

Having finally seen the Redbirds in-person, I was blown away by how capable every player the floor was for Alton at all times in a 63-50 win over Hersey at the Grow The Game To. Kiyoko Proctor was in control. Alyssa Lewis, Kaylea Lacey and Laila Blakeny had their moments.  Jarius Powers took over late. 


4. Kenwood (3)

Kenwood didn’t do anything to make the fall down a spot, I was just that impressed with Alton that I felt the Redbrds needed to make the leap from No. 6. Love that the Broncoso are challenging themselves with out-of-state competition. 

5. Bolingbrook (4)

Took care of Homewood-Flossmoor by 24. 

6. Geneva (5)

Vikings have won their last 9 games. We may be looking at a second consecutive unbeaten conference season for Geneva in the DuKane. Big test next week for them against Montini. 

7. Benet (7)

Lost to Nazareth, fell behind 12 early and never was able to pull back even. In unfamiliar territory after losing three straight, albeit to 3 of what I would say are the top 30 teams in the state, including the top 2 teams. 

8. Lake Zurich (8)

Last game was 12-30 win over Deerfield.

9. O’Fallon (10)

3 wins last week. 

10. Hersey (9)

Tried to battle back after falling down 19 points vs. Alton, cut it to 6 and ultimately fell. Also had a comeback win over Prospect. 

11. Whitney Young (11)

Last game was  Dec. 30 lloss to Nazareth.

12.  Libertyville (12)

A lot of downtime for the Wildcats over the holidays. Will have some big challenges coming up. Within the next two weeks, will play Lake Zurich, Stevenson and Kenwood consecutively. 

13. Quincy Notre Dame (13)

Beat Okawville 61-54 in a small-school matchup that I love to see being played. Missouri-commit Abbey Schreacke scored 34 in the game. 

14. Normal (14)

Defeated Bloomington and Moline to move to 18-0. 

15. Maine South (15)

Avenged an earlier loss to Evanston. 

16. Carmel (17)

Knocked off Marist 57-40. 

17. Loyola Academy (18)

Big conference road game at St. Ignatius this week. Defeated Trinity and Sandburg. 

18. Peoria Notre Dame (19)

Beat Danville 80-4.

19. Montini (22)

Nabbed a good win over Barrington after splitting a pair of gams out in Arizona. 

20. Lincoln (20)

Now a state-best 20-0 after beating a strong Mahomet-Seymour team 46-21. 

21. Peoria (21)

Have won 10 straight games. 

22. Barrington (16)

Beat Hoffman Estates, fell to Montini. 

23. Deerfield (24)

Put up 73 on Marist on Friday. Aubrey Galvan Had 22 points and 12 steals. 

24. Lyons (23)

Beat Trinity and TF North, lost to Norcross (Georgia)

25. Stevenson (UR)

Guard play has been getting better and Kate Arne has developed offensively. Stevenson re-enters the rankings. 

Teams On The Fringe 




Naperville North 

Lake Forest 


Glenbrook South 

Butler College Prep


Marian Catholic

St. Ignatius

Morton College Christmas Tournament Notebook: Geneva Gets MVP Performance From Arni

Morton College Christmas Tournament Notebook: Geneva Gets MVP Performance From Arni

The second consecutive year of the Morton College Christmas Tournament did not disappoint me in my expectation of seeing competitive basketball played at a high level.

For the second consecutive season I saw big games that went down to the wire and have plenty to write about after the fact. 

In a first, I covered  high school games with a shot clock. 

Hersey 56, Batavia 52

No Meghan Mrowicki (2023) for Hersey caused some problems for the Huskies, which dropped two games in the competitive tournament after the Huskies had won 14 straight. 

That said, Katy Eidle (2023) dropped a big 32 points in a win over the Bulldogs, who came with a lot of bite to the tournament.

I caught the fourth quarter of this one and boy am I glad I got there for the end.

The Huskies entered the fourth ahead 48-39. Batavia responded with a 7-0 run keyed by energy from emerging guard Addie Prewitt (2025), who did have some turnover issues Friday. Batavia and Hersey combined for 40 turnovers on what was each team’s fourth game in as many days. Alexa Schorr sank a corner 3 to pull the Bulldogs within 2. 

Prewitt put the Bulldogs up 51-50 on a tough bucket through contact and made the free throw.
A dagger of a corner 3-pointer from Katy Eidle with 1:05 left put Hersey back on top ad Annika Manthy slammed the door shut with an and-1 layup with 16 seconds to go. 

Brooke Carlson(2024) scored 27, had 6 rebounds, 6 steals, 3 assists and 2 blocks. The Bulldogs are succeeding in a year of transition as a much smaller team than years past considering Tessa Towers isn’t manning the front court for Batavia. 

Kelsey Neary, one of the state’s top assists leaders, assisted on 10 Hersey buckets.

Evanston 64, Sycamore 46

Since moving to Illinois, this is the fifth season of basketball I’ve covered, and only in the covid-shortened 2020 season that was played entirely in Feb/March 2021, did I not see Sycamore play. 

I used to cover the Spartans for the DeKalb Daily Chronicle and have seen them play a lot of good basketball. A handful of Division I caliber players have competed for the Spartans in recent years.

Evanston got going right away, erasing any early questions about inconsistent offensive play they’ve exhibited from time to time this season.

Zuri Ransom (2023) showed off the type of off-the-dribble pull-up game that should have more college coaches come calling. Unless I’m missing something, she’s not getting the attention her game should command.

The Wldkits’ 6-4 forward Ciara Gentile (2023) has been impacting games all season with her length, and caused a few problems, blocking 5 shots vs. a smaller Sycamore team that does boast Western Michigan commit Evyn Carrier. Carrier went on to sustain an ankle injury in the third quarter that ket her out the rest of the game. 

Monroe McGee (2024) and Lexi Carlsen (2024) showcased Sycamore’s capable backcourt, combining for 22 points, but were outmatched by strong games from Ransom and Evanston’s much-improved Kailey Starks (2024) and Arianna Milam-Pryor (2024)

Starks, who has been doing a bit of everything statically as of late for the Wildkits, tied Ransom with a game-high 17 points, and had 8 rebounds and 5 steaks.

Lake Zurich 46, Deerfield 41

Any time I take a look at stats for Lake Zurich, I see someone else stepping up. The Bears are winning simple, relatively low-scoring basketball games, just the way coach Chris Bennett likes it. 

Seemingly always under control and making strong decisions is Baylie Parks (2023)

“We have a lot of balanced scorers,” Parks said. We play team basketball. We do a really good job. It’s almost a different high-scorer every game.”

Nikki Kerstein (2025) scored 8 first-quarter points, and Aubrey Galvan heated up in the second quarter, scoring 11 points by half as Deerfield led 21-20. Deerfield even led 27-20 in the third. 

But the Bears’ defense, as it tends to do, locked in. Parks hit a 3-pointer that gave LZ a 32-30 lead. Different players continued to make plays. A Layne Nordstrom (2026) shot-fake and floater. A Molly Friesen (2025) jumper. Anna Gilbertson (2024) pushed through contact for a make. 

Vermont commit Lexi Kerstein (2023) was uncharacteristically quiet before sinking a go-ahead triple with 1:27 left for a 41-40 Warriors lead.

But 6-2, athletic forward forward Avery Cooper (2025) owned the boards and combined with Parks to sink 6 free throws over the final stretch to clinch the dub. Parks and Cooper each scored 11 apiece. 

“She’s a real good player now,” Parks said of Cooper. “I know she’s going to be a beast. She’s only a sophomore. I really like playing with her.”

The Warriors executed several offensive play calls down the stretch to get looks they wanted, but couldn’t get them to go. 

Galvan scored 17 and Nikki Kerstein contributed 12 points. 

The Bears have the type of experience in Brooke Wahlund and Parks to feel confident about making a postseason run, but the type of underclassmen talent they have makes them truly a team to be excited about. 

Naperville North 47, Benet Academy 43

Naperville North came into Cicero and made a bold statement: Watch us. 

That’s my perspective of the matter at least. The Huskies, were led on this day from a big effort on both ends of the floor from Abby Homan (2023, had 13 points) and scoring outputs of 15 apiece from Abby Drendel (2023) and Peyton Fender (2023). 

With fellow senior Layla Henderson making plays and contributing, the experienced squad overcame a halftime deficit with a big third quarter and early 4th quarter run.

When all was said and done, Naperville North had held  Indiana-bound Lenee Beaumont (2023) to 11 points. North came out of the tourney with a 4-point loss to champs Geneva, and wins over Mother McAuley, Hersey and Benet, three teams that have spent lots of time this season in the rankings. 

Geneva 50, Fremd 42

Fo large swaths of the game, both teams struggled to convert shooting, but Geneva repeatedly got to the charity stripe. 

There, they put on a clinical free throw shooting display (28 of 36) in a win avenging a loss in the same event’s championship game a season ago. Considering Fremd had also beaten Geneva by 10 earlier this season, it was a huge victory for Geneva. 

“They’re a good, strong, big, physical team,” Arni said. “We knew came in here and knew it was going to be aggressive. We just had to be be prepared and I think all of our players knew that.

Tournament MVP Cassidy Arni (2023, a Wisconsin-Parkside commit) scored 17, pulled down rebounds and blocked shots. Arni and Lauren Slagle (a 6-2, 2023 forward committed to Grand Valley State) had to have blocked at least 10 shots 

“They played hard, they pounded us on the boards and they got to the free throw line,” Fremd coach Dave Yates said. 

Arni hit big free throws, a huge 3-pointer that banked off the glass to end the third quarter, and defense plays throughout he game, which did not slow in the fourth quarter. 

“She (Arni) had the big task of guarding Todd and she did a nice job on her and she had 29 against us the first time we played and we knew we had to limit her,” Geneva coach Sarah Meadows said. “She’s going to score, but we didn’t want to give up 29.”

Rilee Hasegawa (2023) also had a stretch in which she sank an important 3-pointer, grabbed a defensive rebound on the other end, with lead to her feeding Arni for an open layup and a 7-point Geneva lead in the fourth. 

“Those were huge, she reads me so well,” Arni said. I’ve played with her since we were little. She feeds me, she sees all the little cracks that are open.”

Ellie Thompson (2025),  Maddy Fay, (2023 NIU commit)) Kace Urlacher (2023, IUPUI commit)) and Todd all made their contributions on the offensive end, but Geneva kept all of them from getting into a sustained groove. Thompson did get into a hot streak in the second quarter, but was shut out after that. 

Having seen Fremd twice this year, I am of the opinion that the team is a bonafide 4A title favorite.

But I’m of the mind that Geneva also stands a good shot of making a run to Redbird Arena. I wasn’t sure where I stood on the mater before, but I do now. Geneva found a way to win in a high-pressure environment while it did not shoot the ball well from the floor. That spells a serious contender. 

Girls 2022-2023 High School Basketball Week 7 Rankings

Girls 2022-2023 High School Basketball Week 7 Rankings

Happy New Year all! This week’s edition of the girls basketball rankings, the first of 2023 mean were through 7 weeks of games this season on the girls side. 

Where do teams across Illinois stand?

Previous rankings: 

Week 2

Week 4

Week 5

(Week 5 rankings in orange parentheses)

1. Nazareth (1)

Won Montini’s tournament, grabbed a notable win over Whitney Young in the final. Grace Carstensen and Danielle Scully excel in win over WY and Olivia Austin hits the winner. 

2. Fremd (2)

It didn’t make much sense to me to move Fremd down without moving Geneva up past Bolingbrook and Kenwood.  And seeing as how Fremd and Geneva have split their two games this season, and I’ve seen both of them play, I’m confident Fremd has the better all-around team. However, this is a good reminder that the 4A field is not a shoe-in title run for anyone. I would be ecstatic to see them play Geneva in the postseason. 

3. Kenwood (5). 

Lost to a good West Bloomfield team from Michigan by 3. The more time passes, the more I’d like to see a Kenwood-Bolingbrook matchup. 

4. Bolingbrook (6)

I’ve actually been struggling a bit to find info on Bolingbrook this season. I’m a bit too reliant on social media, but that’s sort of how it is when trying to keep tabs on so many teams. Bolingbrook is playing out of state a lot too, and playing good competition. As they begin to take on some better Illinis teams, I’ll have a better grasp of where they’re at (hopefully!) Bolingbrook was supposed to play in Tampa for a holiday tourney, but had their flight canceled.

5. Geneva 

Given the circumstances, it might be fair to describe Geneva’s Morton College Christmas Tournament title game win over Fremd as the best victory for any team in the state this season.  Cassidy Arni is tough as nails and makes winning plays. 

6. Alton (13)

I finally got to see Alton play (via NFHS stream) and all it took to reach 15-0 was a victory over undefeated Okawville and a second win this season over O’Fallon. It was a frantic finish for O’Fallon and Alton barely held on, but it feels necessary to recognize Altons ascendence and reward them with their top spot they’ve achieved in these rankings. 

7. Benet (4)

Even the state’s best players have down games. Naperville North was able to slow Lenee Beaumont and Benet dropped two games at the Mortoon tourney, one of them to Fremd. 

8. Lake Zurich (9)

All three of the Bears’ losses are to teams ranked higher than them, and Lake Zurich looks completely capable of beating ANYONE in the state.

9. Hersey (3)

Now 15-3 even after losing two games at Morton College. Beat Sycamore and Batavia at the tourney.

10. O’Fallon (14)

Defeated a very good Vashon (MO.) squad to reach title game of Mascoutah tourney, 


11. Whitney Young (15)

Made a run to the championship game of Montini’s tourney, came back from 19 down to tie the state’s top-ranked team, but fell in the end. Great wins over York and Lyons. 

12. Libertyville (17)

Winners of 13 straight. They’re scorching! 

13. Quincy Notre Dame (16)

Still winning. Beat Cardinal Ritter College Prep (MO.) and has a game with Okawville coming up Saturday. 

14. Normal 

Defeated Washington a second time this season to win the large school girls bracket of the State Farm Holiday Classic. Beat Carmel Catholic. Un-de-fea-ted.

15. Maine South (UR)

This young team is on the rise in a big way. 

Held off Barrington to win Dundee-Crown’s Komromy Tournament. Also smashed Huntley, a borderline top 25 team, by 34. Between Meegan Fahy, Ava Blagojevich, Katie Barker, Ally Pape and crew, this Hawks bunch has the potential to do something special. 

16. Barrington (11)

Fell to Maine South in the Komromy tournament. Had to come back from big deficits vs. Stevenson and Maine South, did so for the former, came up just short vs. the latter. 

17. Carmel (10)

Took third at the State Farm Holiday Classic.

18. Loyola (18)

The defensive, low-scoring style continues to lend itself to wins, we’ll see how upcoming conference and invitational games work out. 

19. Peoria Notre Dame (12)

Fell to Peoria in overtime to lose the Manuel tourney championship, but also holds a win over Peoria this season.

20. Lincoln (24)

Who has beaten the Railers? No one. Beat undefeated 2A Dixon this past week. It’s still a few weeks out, but a game with Peoria on Jan. 21 stands out as a must-see.



21. Peoria (23)

Knocked off Peoria Notre Dame, though not without some controversy. Aaliyah Guyton and Denali Craig Edwards are a truly special duo. 

22. Montini (19)

A 14-point win over Lyons Township is no small thing. Broncos have won 5 of last 6. 

23. Lyons Township 

Their 3 losses are to 2 teams (Benet and Whitney Young) that have been ranked all season, and to Montini, which has been surging as of late. 

24. Deerfield (21)

Talk about a team that will be battle-tested come the postseason. Notched a big win over Hersey at Morton College. 

25. York

Their 4 losses are to teams that have been ranked in the top 25 all season, none by more than 10 points. Played Whitney Young close at Montini, then bested Neuqua Valley and St. Charles East. 

Teams on the fringe

Naperville North 


Lake Forest 




Glenbrook South 

Marian Catholic

Butler College Prep

St. Ignatius 

Lincoln-Way East


Girls 2022-23 High School Basketball Week 4 Rankings

Girls 2022-23 High School Basketball Week 4 Rankings

After two weeks, Kaleb Carter returns with the statewide girls basketball rankings. 


Previous rankings:


Week 2


1. Nazareth Academy (1) 

Nazareth has done its part of a bonafide No. 1, but I’m very much thinking my mind could change when I watch Fremd vs. Kenwood on Tuesday at Lake Zurich’s Exam Jamm. We’ll see! 

2. Fremd (3)

You can make a strong case that the Vikings are  the best, and the most balanced team in the state. It’s no coincidence that the state’s top two ranked teams go so deep into their lineup with success. 

3. Hersey (5)

Some combination of Kelsey Neary, Megan Mwrowicki and others have missed time this season due to injury. This hasn’t stopped the Huskies from gelling, including in a 68-67 win over Benet . The Huskies beat New Trier, Rolling Meadows and Palatine this week. In the Rolling Meadows win, Katy Eidle hit a school-record 9 three-pointers and had 36 points, 3 assists. 

4. Benet (2)

Beat Marian Catholic this past week and lost a close game to Hersey the previous Saturday. Has a win over ranked Lyons since the last rankings. 

5. Bolingbrook (6)

Now 12-0 and firing on all cylinders, the Raiders return from a trip to Michigan gearing up for more holiday tournament season. 

6. Kenwood (17)

I’m hearing Danielle Brooks is knocking down tons of three-pointers. The freshman has grabbed a lot of attention fr a team that was already loaded with returning talent. Planning to see Kenwood vs. Fremd on Tuesday at Lake Zurich’s Exam Jamm. Beat a good Afrocentric team from Columbus, OH at the Hyde Park, Showcase In The Park event. 

7. Lyons (8)

A recent, close loss to Benet, but unbeaten since. An upcoming test against Lyons will call for plenty of attention. 

8. Geneva (7)

What a conundrum spots 9 through 12 were. The triumvirate of Barrington, Geneva and Lake Zurich have taken turns besting one another with Barrington losing decisively to lake Zurich, Geneva beating Lake Zurich and Barrington beating Geneva. The only thing I felt I could really use to determine this grouping was that Barrington has 4 losses, including to Libertyville, which is lower on these rankings than the teams Lake Zurich and Geneva have their (2 losses each) against. 

9. Lake Zurich (24)

Stock going way up since the last rankings. Beat Barrington by 16. I may see them at Exam Jamm.

10. Carmel Catholic (4)

Getting roughed up in conference play is just part of it for the Corsairs, who were humbled by Nazareth Academy, but are 8-2 and won at the Showcase In The Park. 

11. Barrington (11)

Has 4 losses despite having the talent to beat anyone in the state. This seems to be careening toward what the Fillies did last season, when they hit their stride around this time. 

12. Peoria Notre Dame (25)

Since the past rankings, the they’ve beaten Peoria on the road. It may be a bit before the unbeaten Irish are really tested again. 

13. Alton (20)

Was in a game that it’s hard to discern much from due to a matter of injury and suspensions. For more on that, read Greg Shashack’s story on the game. Redbirds still undefeated. 


14. O’Fallon (15)

Panthers are still playing good basketball, have only lost to conference rival Alton. Those two will likely battle for a super-sectional type run later this season. 

15. Whitney Young (16) 

Skylar Jones has been putting up some monster numbers and the Dolphins went to Michigan and won two games against out-of-state competition. 

16. Quincy Notre Dame (19)

Blair Eftink recently reached 1,000 points, and just like I commended Butler College Prep’s duo last week, it’s a nice reminder that Abbey Schreacke and Eftink are among the state’s best pairs as well. Only 1 loss, to Rock Bridge (MO.)


17. Mother McAuley (UR)

Don’t look now, but the Mighty Macs are scorching. The ball movement, the transition game and the press defense are suffocating south. 

18. Libertyville (18)

Handed Deerfield its first loss of the season in a home stomping of the Warriors. Kate Rule showcased why she is one of Chicagoland’s top spot-up shooters. 

19. Loyola (10)

Only loss is to Mother McAuley. A game against  Libertyville on Dec. 12 is an intriguing matchup.

20. York (23)

Undefeated and tests against Lake Zurich and Lyons loom this week.

21. Deerfield (14)

Sustained their first loss on an off shooting day against Libertyville. Can’t imagine the Warriors will lose another game by 20 this year, barring unforeseen circumstances. 

22. Washington (UR)

The Panthers are just always there, doing the work without much fanfare. Games against Normal and Dunlap should prove a challenge. 

23. St. Charles North (22)

Don’t know quite how to feel about the North Stars, but know they can really score it when they get out and run. They have a chance to make a name for themselves soon with games vs. Hersey and St.Charles East. 

24. Peoria (12)

Bounced back from consecutive losses to two top 15 teams wit consecutive wins. 

25. Lincoln  (UR)

They’re 11-0 and Khloe Froebe is scoring with the best of them. 


Girls Notebook: Top Perfomers & Loyola Academy, Benet Academy Notes

Girls Notebook: Top Perfomers & Loyola Academy, Benet Academy Notes

By Kaleb Carter


Each week, I’ll be highlighting the best team and individual performances from around the state that stood out in girls basketball. It could be a state record, an amazing highlight or anything in between. Last season, I tended to base the top performers on stats from several games over the course of a week. For this season’s individual honorees I’ll be focusing on individual game performances. This will hopefully help me recognize more players and spend less time searching for statistics. 

As far as teams go, I want to highlight squads that upset highly-respected foes, put up absurd statistical performances or set new program records, things of that nature, over the course of the week, which will be focused on results over a week and not just in one game. 

Stats are critical to highlight these players and teams. Get in touch to submit a girls team or player at any point during the 2022-2023 season. You can submit stats to our Twitter, @ILL_HS_Hoops and @ill_hoop_scoops. I can also be reached at or on Twitter @Kaleb_M_Carter. 

Editor’s note: Not every submission is included in the top performers. Choices made at KC’s discretion. Games eligible to be considered for top performers were played Nov. 21-27.

Notable Week 2 Team Performances


Paige Engels is in control and with that in mind, it may make sense why a Loyola Academy team with youngsters at multiple key spots is thriving to start the season. 

At 4-0 after a 36-26 win over rivals New Trier on Wednesday, the Ramblers are looking ahead at some upcoming games that should continue to test them. 

Engels, who possessed the ball when things needed to get in order, scored early buckets as Loyola Academy took the lead that it held onto all game against the Trevians. But where Engels and the Ramblers continue to succeed is in owning the pace of the game, maintaining patience and absolutely stifling opponents with whatever zone, man or press look they trot out on defense. 

“It’s always intense at the end, we know we’ve got to keep getting stops and trying to put the ball in the basket,” Engels said. “It’s a lot of fun at the end when they’re close. It keeps us really invested in the game throughout.”

At one point in the fourth wth the Trevians within 6, Engels swiped away the ball from a Trevians player, quickly found freshman teammate Clare Weasler for a tear drop floater and a 31-23 Ramblers advantage. 

Grace Bronski was critical with 13 points in the New Trier win, making the timely plays needed.

The Ramblers have gotten contributions from all over the place, notably so in a 44-42 win over defending state champions Stevenson. The Ramblers also defeated the Patriots early last season, a loss that Stevenson later avenged in a super-sectional victory.

“It was nice to win that game, but we can hang with a lot of people in the state of Illinois,” Ramblers coach Jeremy Schoenecker said. “For such a young group to prove they can win that type of game, (Emory) Klatt is an absolute monster on the glass and I thought it showed our young kids if we keep grinding for 32 minutes, usually good things happen.”

An upcoming test at home against Montini on Dec. 7 should be a fun glimpse into a postseason-like atmosphere for both team. 

“Last year after getting all the way to the super-sectional, we knew what we needed to get there,” Loyola Academy’s Kelsey Langston said. “Only having 3 returners, we took that as we need to do everything to be able to get back there.”

Benet Academy

Class of 2023 Indiana commit Lenee Beaumont looked the part of a prospective state Player of The Year in a 61-44 home win over Carmel Catholic, a top 5 matchup in the state per our rankings here at

“Last year they gave us some trouble throughout the year,” Beaumont said. “They have Jordan Wood. I’m a very good friend of hers, she’s a great player. Every game they’re going to be ready, they’re very well coached. They’re always prepared… Coach (Joe) Kilbride said before the game it’s not really any strategy we’ve got to go by, we’ve just go to go out there and be “dawgs” is what he says. It’s who wants to play harder, who wants to.. do the things to win.”

From the tip, Beaumont was visibly locked in. She hit a hanging jumper in the lane, one of several of those buckets she tossed in during the game. Senior forward Samantha Trimberger made early plays playing off the attention Carmel paid Beaumont. 

“She’s done a fantastic job offensively and defensively,” Beaumont said of Trimberger. “Obviously with the loss of (Morgan) Demos that’s a huge refunding and scoring loss we had but she’s been killing t this year. It’s awesome to see her. Every year she has a new role and she’s doing awesome at stepping into it.”

The junior super guard came off a screen and knocked down a 3-pointer as Wood, a senior Michigan State commit, looked at her coach (Ben Berg) and seemingly asked, “what do I do on that?”

Later in the half, while sitting in the stands and watching another absurd Beaumont finish around the rim, an observer just began laughing at how easy the Redwing star had made a difficult play look.He wasn’t the only one with similar reactions. Making such plays has come from a more focused effort to have body control in the paint. 

“Coming with patience, change of speed type of thing, last year if someone got to me full-court, I probably would have had a few more turnovers,” Beaumont said. “But this year I also worked on my balance, strength  that the of stuff so I feel like all the stuff is coming together.”

The Redwings actually sustained their first loss of the season several days later, when Beaumont did not play due to illness against Naperville Central and top Illinois player in the class of 2026, Trinity Jones. Emilia Sularski stepped up with 27 points and 8 three-pointers in the loss. For more on that, find details on Jones below in the top individuals section. 


Defeated Barrington, led by a combined 50 points from seniors Katy Eidle and Natalie Alesia. 


Alayna Kraus is averaging 18 points and 2.8 steals per game as Okawville won the Nashville tourney and moved to 4-0.

Hamilton County

 Went 5-0 at its home tournament to win the title. Carson Belangee, Desirae Dockery, Sydney Downen and Kaelee Karcher were all-tournament. 


Now 5-0 and won Newton’s tournament title after beating Effingham 52-50, Newton 50-46 and Flora 50-46.

Lake Forest

Now 5-0 after winning the Vernon Hills Thanksgiving tourney, Rachel Kaus scored 17 with 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the 59-32 title game victory over Vernon Hills.

St. Anthony

Out to a 6-0 start, scored 81 points vs. Robinson, also defeated Fairfield, Marshall and Mt. Carmel this past week. 


Defeated Mother McAuley (55-51) and Columbus East (IN). Persais Williams emerging as a strong performer for the Raiders. 


Took it to a good Pana team, 61-28 and is now 5-0. Has scored at least 61 points in each of its last 4 games. 


Won the Dakota tourney with a 53-41 victory over River Ridge/Scales Mound. Also beat Aquin Catholic, Dakota and Pearl City during the week. 


Claimed the Brimfield Turkey Championship with a 42-33 victory over Brimfield. 


They’re  5-0, with wins over Breese Central (45-39) and Alton Marquette (56-23).

Lombard College Prep

Won their first game since 2017, defeating Horizon Science Academy McKinley Park, 44-18. 


Moved to 4-0 with wins against Urbana University (50-14) and Tri County (44-43).

Notable Week 2 Individual Performances 

Trinity Jones, Naperville Central, Fr.

Scored 23 points with 14 rebounds, 6 assists as Naperville Central defeated Benet Academy.

Caitlin Washington, Neuqua Valley, Jr. 

Posted 29 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals as the Wildcats defeated Sandburg 74-65.

Emory Klatt, Stevenson, Jr. 

Posted 34 points, school-record 23 rebounds in a 54-26 victory against Phillips.

Carly Foster, Gallatin County, Sr.

Scored 33 in a 45-32 win over Wayne City. 

Janae Kent, Oak Forest, Sr. 

Posted a robust stat line of 37 points, 7 made three-pointers and 12 rebounds as the Bengals defeated Chicago Christian. 

Kate Rule, Libertyville Jr.

Netted 24 points as the Wildcats handed Barrington its first loss, 63-61.

Xamiya Walton, Butler College Prep, Jr. 

31 points, 5 assists, 5 steals and 4 rebounds in a loss to Pattonville (MO.).

Denver Anderson, Mt. Zion, Jr. 

2 triple doubles during the week, including 22 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists in one game. 

Heidi Rathmann, Antioch, Fr. 

Scored 42 points in a win over Lake Forest Academy.

LaKeeyah Barnes, Morgan Park, Jr. 

Scored 36 on 13-of-18 shooting in a win over Perspectives/Leadership, including 5-of-5 on three-pointers. Added 4 steals. 


Aaliyah Guyton, Peoria, Jr. 

26 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists as the Lions beat Eisenhower 100-27.

Lenee Beaumont, Benet, Sr. 

26 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals as the Redwings bested Carmel Catholic by 17. 

Abbey Schreacke, Quincy Notre Dame, Sr. 

35 points in a comeback home win over Butler College Prep. 

Kaitlyn Hoffing, Fenton, Sr.

Hit 7 3-pointers in a half, scored 26, with 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists vs. Parkview Christian. 

Mya Wardle, Peoria Notre Dame, Jr. 

Posted 30 points, 10 assists in an 81-37 win vs. United Township. 

Cami Hurt, Routt Catholic

Scored 31 in a win over Pittsfield.

Kameron Adams, Harrisburg, Jr. 

26 points in a win over Frankfort. 

Emily Maple, Mattoon, Jr. 

23 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists vs. Pana. 

Lauren Miller, Trinity, Jr. 

31 points, 14 rebounds as the Blazers beat Rosary 54-36.

Jadea Johnson, Romeoville, Jr.

21 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals, 4 assists in one game. 

Girls 2022-23 High School Basketball Week 2 Rankings

Girls 2022-23 High School Basketball Week 2 Rankings

By Kaleb Carter

After some carnage among the best teams in the state this past week, we try to make heads or tails of some of the results. 

Kaleb Carter is back with his top 25 and will include some teams to watch as the season goes along in the rankings.

Previous rankings:

1. Nazareth Academy (4)

Did not mess around with a good Lincoln-Way East squad that has great size, winning 68-41. The Roadrunners have started 4-0, having also handled Yorkville by 35 this past week. They’re the full package.

2. Benet Academy (1)

Did the Redwings lose? Yes, to Naperville Central and super frosh Trinity Jones. They did so without an ill Lenee Beaumont, who I saw take an excellent Carmel Catholic squad to school. It felt necessary to reward Nazareth for being unbeaten, and Benet needed to drop behind, even given the circumstances.

I caught some interesting flack on social media for saying I thought Benet was the clear No. 1. I can’t wait to see the Redwings and Roadrunners square off this year. Even if I can’t attend it, I’ll certainly be streaming it.

3. Fremd (6)

They just keep beating good teams. Nobody ever really needs to score 20, and they’ve got a plethora of extremely talented players capable of putting up big totals on other squads. They won their two games by an average of 36 points this past week and won the Hampshire tourney.

4. Carmel Catholic (5)

Lone loss is to No. 2 Benet. The Corsairs are 5-1 after beating Naperville Central, Proviso West and Guilford this week.

5. Hersey (7)

Now 5-1, the Huskies claimed the Bison Classic with a 60-49 victory against a solid Maine South team that may see the rankings this season as they grow. Hersey defeated Grayslake Central and Barrington as well this week.

6. Bolingbrook (8)

I don’t have a super great grasp on how good the Raiders are this season, but I do know that Angelina Smith is excellent. They defeated Joliet West and Mother McAuley this week.

7. Geneva (9)

Did not play this week, can grab a good win this upcoming week against Naperville North and/or Barrington.

8. Lyons (13)

Just rolling along at 4-0 after wins over Leyden and Lane tech this week, both by at least 30. 

9. Montini (12)

Dusted Plainfield East by 40 and is 4-0. Shannon Blacher playing great.

10. Loyola (17)

The defense is strong as ever. Wins over Stevenson (last week) and New Trier this past week. Young players contributing to the cause. 4-0 record.

11. Barrington (2)

Has two losses to a very good Hersey team as well as against a high-upside Libertyville. Deciding where to put Barrington and Libertyille this week gave me a massive headache. Fillies now 3-2.

12. Peoria (11)

Out to a 5-0 start, scored 100 versus Decatur Eisenhower and also beat Dunlap. Aaliyah Guyton is coming into her own.

13. Stevenson (15)

Emory Klatt is doing absurd things statistically, and the Patriots are 3-1, with line loss to Loyola.

14. Deerfield (16)

Unbeaten at 5-0. Pulverizing early competition.

15. O’Fallon (18)

3-1, lost to Evansville Memorial (IN) this past week after a win over Castle (IN). D’Myjah Bolds stepping up. 

16. Whitney Young (3)

Sitting at 1-1 with the loss to O’Fallon. 

17. Kenwood (20)

Breezed through the Rock Island tourney, with freshman Danielle Brooks opening eyes early.

18. Libertyville (10)

Has a win over Barrington and a loss to Maine South. I wasn’t sure where the Wildcats belonged. Dropping so far probably not fair to them, but this is where I feel they should be for now. Wildcats are 3-2.

19. Quincy Notre Dame (14)

Had to come back late against Butler College Prep, but secured the 63-60 win. Missouri signee Abbey Schreake scored 35. Now 4-0.

20. Alton (21)

No one has beaten them yet, all three wins by double digits.

21. Naperville North (24)

Still unbeaten (3-0), and should be in a fight with Waubonsie Valley and Naperville Central in a fun DuPage Valley.

22. St. Charles North (Unranked)

Has really impressed early with a 5-0 mark. Excited to see how their game with Bolingbrook goes on Saturday. 

23. York (Unranked)

One of the most intriguing early-season teams, they’re 5-0 and have a chance to carry an unbeaten record for a while.

24. Lake Zurich (23)

Upcoming game for Bears (2-2) against Huntley (Saturday) has my attention, I could see Huntley broaching the rankings.

25. Peoria Notre Dame (25)

Mya Wardle is playing great and has the Lady Irish out to a 5-0 start.

Other notables: Was feeling strongly that teams like Huntley, Mother McCAuley, Lincoln-Way West, Glenbrook South, Marian Catholic and Maine South are making cases for rankings. Others, like Neuqua Valley, Batavia, Okawville, Lincoln-Way East and Butler College Prep have my attention. is an independent sports site fully funded by owner Jakub Rudnik. Consider a small donation to help us pay for the site maintenance and writers. All donations will be used to fund more basketball stories this season.

Illinois Girls Hoops Notebook: Top Performers and Trinity Blazer Notes

Illinois Girls Hoops Notebook: Top Performers and Trinity Blazer Notes

By Kaleb Carter

Each week, I’ll highlight the best team and individual performances from around the state Illinois girls basketball. It could be a state record, an amazing highlight or anything in between. Last season, I tended to base the top performers on stats from several games over the course of a week. For this season’s individual honorees I’ll be focusing on individual game performances.

As far as teams go, I want to highlight squads that upset highly respected foes, put up absurd statistical performances or set new program records — things of that nature — over the course of the week, which will be focused on results over a week and not just in one game. 

Stats are critical to highlight these players and teams. Get in touch to submit a girls team or player at any point during the 2022-2023 season. You can submit stats to our Twitter, @ILL_HS_Hoops and @ill_hoop_scoops. I can also be reached at or on Twitter @Kaleb_M_Carter. 

Editor’s note: Not every submission is included in the top performers. Choices made at KC’s discretion. Games eligible to be considered for top performers (excluding some Trinity notes) were played Nov. 13-20.

Notable Week 1 Team Performances


I saw the Blazers take down Taft on the road to open their season on Nov. 15, led by quite the effort from Ciarra Richardson. The senior point guard scored 23 points, including 15-of-17 from the free-throw line. She also grabbed 8 rebounds.

“Attacking is probably No. 1… always No. 1. Shooting is going to come second,” Richardson said after the game. “I just love running with the ball.”

Lauren Miller is an excellent piece for a contending squad, scoring 10 with 12 rebounds in that opening game, while Sophia Rodriguez has shown herself to be quite the shooter and Chloe Santos could come up big on the boards. 

“We have a lot of good pieces, so we think we can go really far this year, especially since we have a lot of seniors,” Richardson said. “Our one goal is to win a sectional.”

The Blazers lost to Thornwood Saturday. On Monday they were led by Lauren Miller’s 31 points and 14 rebounds in a 54-36 win over Rosary.


After wins over Lake Zurich and Geneva, both top-25 ranked teams, the Vikings are hitting stride early. 


Defeated defending 3A state qualifier Civic Memorial 50-41. Also has wins over Jacksonville and Hillsboro.


Defeated Whitney Young, the No. 3 ranked team in the preseason poll, for the second consecutive season. They also beat MacArthur by 29. 


Wins over Hersey (32-31) and Homewood-Flossmoor (61-38) have established the Corsairs as tough customers once more. 


Off to a 4-0 start with wins over Dee-Mack, Riverton, Mt. Pulaski and Eureka to win the Clinton Turkey Classic, led by Cassie Cox.

St. Charles North

The North Stars rolled through the competition at the Burlington Central Thanksgiving Tournament, defeating the Rockets in the title game, 68-34. Amid a 4-0 start, SCN is winning by 45 points per game.


Mariann Blass and company have started hot, with relatively comfortable wins over St. Charles East, Downers Grove South, Prospect and Marist. 

Aurora Central Catholic

They’re 4-0 after wins against Newark, Sandwich, Somonau and LaSalle-Peru, scoring at least 52 in every game. Riley Cwinski is off to a great start.


Started 3-0 with wins over East Moline, Pekin and Eisenhower (Decatur). Julia Sollberger combined for 35 points over the two games and had 6 assists versus Pekin.

Lincoln-Way West

Ava Gugliuzza has the Warriors out to a blazing start of 4-0, which included wins over South Suburban strongholds Providence Catholic and Joliet West (both by 3 points). 

Loyola Academy

A win over defending 4A champs Stevenson (the second straight season they’ve beaten the Patriots early) has the Ramblers 3-0.


The Raiders are chugging along and looking at a potential spot in the top 25. They’ve beaten Boylan, Hononegah and Saint Viator, all by double digits. 

Glenbrook South

Won Mundelein’s tournament and went 5-0. Closest game was an 18-point victory.

Cissna Park

At 4-0 after a week, the Timberwolves have something good brewing. Knocked off perennially strong Watseka and Bishop McNamara in consecutive games.

Notable Week 1 Individual Game Performances

Madison Davis, Marian l Catholic, Jr.

33 points, 6 steals, 5 rebounds in a win over Latin.

Kloe Froebe, Lincoln, Jr.

39 points as Lincoln defeated Williamsville.

Shelby Bowman, West Central, Jr.

One of the state’s better scorers, had 40 points in win over BPC.

Ciara McMahon, Rolling Meadows, Jr.

26 points, school-record 8 3-pointers made in a 64-16 Mustangs victory over Jacobs.

Molly O’Riordan, Barrington, Jr.

31 points, 6 rebounds in 67-63 win over Maine South.

Lexi Kerstein, Deerfield, Sr.

Vermont commit had 29 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting, 11-of-13 from the floor, 8 rebounds, 8 steals and 3 assists as the Warriors beat Schaumburg.

Mia Moore, East Aurora, Sr.

41 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals.

Amiah Hargrove, Christopher, Jr.

28 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks in a DuQoin Tournament championship win over Pinckneyville.

Danyella Mprorokoso, Waubsonie Valley, Fr.

26 points, 9 rebounds, 6 steals and 2 assists in her first varsity game, a win over Oswego.

Audrey Sabol, Nokomis, Sr.

24 points, 18 rebounds and reached 1,000 career points in beating Vandalia.

Lexi Sepulveda, Plainfield East, Jr.

Exploded for 46 points as PE beat Lockport 77-59.

Grace Nelson, Altamont, Jr.

37 points and 8 rebounds in a win over Vandalia.

Denver Anderson, Mt. Zion, Jr.

The junior, who has recently been courting D-I attention, put up a robust stat line of 21 points, 11 steals, 8 rebounds and 7 assists against Jacksonville.

Ella Bequette, Woodlawn, Sr.

Scored 19 points and pulled down school-record (breakig her own mark) 24 rebounds in a win over Cairo.

Ruari Quarnstrom, St. Thomas More, Jr.

Scored 30 in a 71-38 win versus TCSV in the Maroa-Forsyth tourney.

Shakara McCline, East St. Louis, Sr.

Scored 32 with 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in a win over Gateway Tech (MO.).

Peyton Gerdes, Grayslake North, Sr.

Put up 35 points and averaged 26 points through 5 games.

Apple Guerrero, Argo, Sr.

27 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists in a game.

Emma Yakey, St. Charles East, Sr.

21 points and broke the Saints’ record for all-time 3-pointers made.

Janae Kent, Oak Forest, Sr.

Scored 29 and shot 16-of-19 on free throws in a 55-44 win over Kankakee. is an independent sports site fully funded by owner Jakub Rudnik. Consider a small donation to help us pay for the site maintenance and writers. All donations will be used to fund more basketball stories this season.

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