Girls 2022-2023 High School Basketball Week 9 Rankings
(Monday, Jan. 16 games included)
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.