The Times Basketball Top 5

The Times Illinois Boys and Girls Basketball Top 5

2012-12-13T18:00:00Z 2014-03-01T17:33:11Z The Times Illinois Boys and Girls Basketball Top 5Times Staff nwitimes.com
December 13, 2012 6:00 pm  • 

(previous rankings in parentheses, records through Wednesday)

Boys

1. Homewood-Flossmoor 7-0 (1)

A big win over Curie on Sunday shows this team is playing together and is not worried about individual stats. The Vikings play at Lincoln-Way Central tonight.

2. Bloom Township 5-2 (2)

The Blazing Trojans get a tough Rich East team tonight at M'Cann Gym. This is coach Jasper Williams' final year and the team wants to make it a memorable one.

3. Crete-Monee 5-1 (3)

The Warriors lost to Rich East, but have Kankakee tonight and face DuSable Saturday at the Thornton Shootout.

4. Marian Catholic 7-1 (4)

Everybody is getting involved and that is the key. This is not a tall team, but they hustle and play good defense. A big game tonight at Nazareth Academy. Beep. Beep. That Roadrunner is after you.

5. T.F. North 6-1 (NR)

This is a tough week with six games in seven days. The Meteors lost to Marshall on Sunday, then beat Reavis and Benet Academy on Tuesday and Wednesday. This is a tough group and they should get past this test -- then it's finals. Coach Tim Bankston needs lots of chicken soup to fight the flu.

 

Girls

1. Marian Catholic 10-0 (1)

The Spartans are off to a strong start and have played well. Melanie Ransom stepped up on Sunday in a win over Kenosha Tremper. Ashton Millender has really come on strong. They are off until Dec. 22 at Bishop McNamara, then it's the Montini Tournament.

2. Crete-Monee 11-0 (2)

A pretty impressive start is followed by a big game with Bloom Township on Thursday.

3. Homewood-Flossmoor 7-2 (3)

The Vikings are starting to put it together. If they can play fundamental basketball, they could really get on a roll.

4. Bloom Township 7-3 (4)

Bria Gaines is unstoppable and Kat Strong is really doing a great job distributing the ball.

5. Seton Academy 8-4 (5)

Desiree Jackson is a force underneath and the Sting has several players who can score.

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