(Last year's record in parentheses)

1. Marian Catholic (30-5)

The Spartans loses quite a bit each year, but new players step up. Such will be the case again as Amber Williams, Alanna Ferry and Megan Walsh will lead the way. They did lose Sarafina Handy because of a torn knee ligament, and that is tough to take. In the end, the Spartans will be there again.

2. Homewood-Flossmoor (22-8)

This is a very talented group and could win the program's first sectional title since 1997. Coach Dana Noble has plenty returning, led by Western Illinois signee Charnelle Reed. Six-foot Amena Brent (Stetson), who will dominate inside, and junior Lauren Parker (Northern Iowa) give the Vikings a good team.

3. T.F. North (20-10)

The Meteors do not have a lot of numbers, but they have the determination to succeed. Schenia Battle (Alabama-Birmingham) and Sabrina Montgomery (Morgan State) are the returning veterans and look for them to lead the young team early. The schedule is tough as usual, but coach Tim Zasada would not have it any other way.

4. Bloom Twp. (18-10)

Freshman Katherine Strong showed she could play as she took control of the game Tuesday in a win over Illiana Christian. Bria Gaines is another plus for the Blazing Trojans, who are ready to make some noise.

5. Beecher (21-7)

The Ladycats return everyone and are led by center Amari Griffin and guard Paige Wehling. They opened with a close win over Herscher, but will get a test tonight against Illiana Christian in the Beecher tourney. Beecher could be a team to be reckoned with in Class 2A.