Patch sports reporter Ross Jacobson ranks the North Shore’s basketball teams.
Niles West, Loyola and Glenbrook North made waves at early holiday tournaments, but a number of girls teams struggled. All of the area’s boys teams were off, resting and preparing for a full slate of games between Christmas and New Years. New Trier and Glenbrook North will go to the always-tough Proviso West tournament while Glenbrook South and Highland Park will try out the first annual Hinsdale South tournament. For all teams, this is the last batch of non-conference games before the meat of their conference schedules get under way in 2012.
Last week’s ranking is in parentheses.
WEEK 6 RANKINGS
1. (1) – Both of New Trier’s basketball teams were off last week, but each closes out the year with a tough holiday tournament. The girls play at Dundee-Crown while the boys play at Proviso West.
2. (3) – The girls went 3-0 in pool play at the St. Viator Snowflake Classic last week, rolling to three wins even without a couple of starters. They will continue the tournament this week while the boys play at Proviso West.
3. (2) – Maine South took a tumble against Waukegan in a rare CSL South game during the holiday break. The girls will continue play at the State Farm Classic at Normal while the boys travel to York for the Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament.
4. (4) – Niles West’s girls went 2-1 in the first three games of the Suburban Holiday Showcase to improve to 14-2 on the season. They have two more games this week while the boys travel to the Pontiac Holiday Tournament for a set of games.
5. (5) – Both Titan teams were off last week, a much-needed break after a recent rough patch. The girls will go to Wheaton North’s tournament while the boys will play in the inaugural Hinsdale South tournament.
6. Loyola Academy (6) – The girls went 2-1 to open the Holiday Showcase with wins over St. Francis and Lake Zurich and a loss to highly ranked Trinity. They finish up the tournament with Proviso East and Niles West with the boys traveling to Wheeling and opening up against Prospect on Dec. 27.
7. (7) – The Wildkits took care of Regina Dominican with ease in a warm-up for the girls’ Dundee-Crown tournament this week. The boys were off last week, but go to the Rich South McDipper tournament for their next set of games.
8. (9) – The girls won three straight to start the Warren tournament, but dropped their last two to Grayslake Central and Carmel. They won’t play until 2012 while the boys go to Wheeling’s tournament.
9. (10) – Both teams had last week off, preparing for this week’s tournaments. The girls go to Dundee-Crown and face Prospect on Dec. 26 and the boys travel to Wheeling.
10. (8) – Deerfield finished 0-5 at the Warren Blue Devil Classic, dropping to 4-13 on the season. The girls will get to rest until after the New Year while the boys play in the Wheeling Hardwood Classic to close out 2011.
11. (11) – The girls lost two more games at the Mundelein Tournament, running their losing streak to five games. They will have the week off before the New Year while the boys will take in their final games of 2011 at Hinsdale South along with Glenbrook South.
12. (12) – Both teams are off until after school gets back in 2012 and will look to have better second halves of the season after inconsistent starts.
(Covering the Patch communities of Skokie, Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Niles, Highland Park, Glenview, Deerfield, Morton Grove, Des Plaines and Northbrook.)