1 Mission: Top-Rated Marist Enters Postseason Play With an Eye on the Prize

Marist concludes regular-season play atop the weekly Patch Power Rankings for girls basketball. Lincoln-Way East, Homewood-Flossmoor, Stagg and Marian Catholic build momentum for IHSA playoffs, too.

1. Marist (28-1): How ready are the RedHawks for postseason play? They went into Wednesday night’s game vs. Fenwick with a 378-161 scoring edge over their East Suburban Catholic Conference rivals. Four Marist players ranked in the top 15 in conference scoring—JeTaun Rouse (4th), Leah Bolton (9th), Asiana Bey (14th) and Claire Ryan (15th).

2. Lincoln-Way East (23-3): Taylor Johnson and Caitlin McMahon were up to their old tricks in a 52-35 victory over Lockport. Johnson scored 23 points. McMahon added 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Griffins conclude the regular season with a game at Bolingbrook Thursday.

3. Homewood-Flossmoor (19-7): Danielle Woolfork scored 17 points in a 57-29 victory over Lincoln-Way Central. Amena Brent chipped in with 14 points and 14 rebounds. The Vikings will look for the both to close out the regular season on a high note against Joliet Central on Thursday night.

4. Stagg (19-5): Bill Turner for Coach of the Year … ? Turner has led the Chargers to 13 straight victories and to the top of the Southwest Suburban Red heading into Thursday’s regular-season finale vs. Lincoln-Way North. Revi McMahon (19 points) and Kara Peitrowski (14 points) keyed a 59-42 victory over Bradley-Bourbonnais.

5. Marian Catholic  (18-11): … Or should it be Annie Basic-Byrne for Coach of the Year? Byrne has led the Spartans back from a 5-5 start. Megan Walsh (7th) and Ashton Millender (11th) rank among the leading scorers in East Suburban Catholic Conference play.

Next best in alphabetical order: Andrew, Lincoln-Way North, Mother McAuley, Oak Forest, Oak Lawn.

(Covering the following Patch communities: Chicago Heights, Evergreen Park, Frankfort, Homewood-Flossmoor, Mokena, New Lenox, Oak Forest, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Palos, Tinley Park and the neighboring private schools that draw students from those communities).


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