Girls basketball: P-T Preseason Top 10
November 9, 2013 8:12PM
Brianna Blackwell cuts down the net after Whiting wins the Sectional Championship at River Forest High School on Saturday February 9, 2013. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 11, 2013 6:56AM
The Pirates have won 33 of their last 35 Duneland Conference games dating back to the middle of the 2010-11 season. So until the Davids of the league figure out a way to conquer Goliath, Golaith will continue to sit on top.
The Slicers return everyone — including four seniors — led by point guard Jaclyn Heath. This team has the talent to score a lot of points, has good depth and should defend and rebound well.
3. Lake Central
The Indians will miss Jessica Bell a lot, but coach Marc Urban’s group plays good defense, won’t be out-worked, has good outside shooters and quality depth.
4. West Side
The Cougars have tremendous quickness, good shooters and the talent to be one of the best teams around. Incoming freshman Dana Evans should make a huge impact.
5. Bishop Noll
The Greater South Shore Conference champs went 21-3 before losing to Whiting in the sectional title game. With Naomi House, Aysa Hobbs and Brenda Pennington all back, the Warriors will rule.
The Brickies won 17 games last season despite having a young team. With versatile senior guard Grayce Roach and center Zoe Wilson, watch out for coach Mike Hamacher’s kids.
Even though big-time clutch performer Abby Bondi graduated, Brianna Blackwell and guard Citlali Lopez still form a dangerous duo that will battle Noll for GSSC honors.
The Trojans don’t have much size, but return four seniors, including Caroline Puntillo, an all-area performer and the team’s leading scorer.
9. Kankakee Valley
The Kougars probably have their best chance ever to do something they’ve never done — win the Northwest Crossroads Conference. Five starters, including five key seniors return, led by star guard Lauren Stokes.
Katie Bobos and 90-95 percent of the team’s scoring are gone, but there’s still some talent and depth on the roster for a team that prides itself on defense.