No. 5 Neuqua Valley jumped out to a season opening 65-53 victory over Nazareth at the Hinsdale South Tournament. Wisdom-Hylton led all scorers with 23 points.
In game two on Saturday, Lindsay scored 14 points and had nine blocked shots in a 48-36 win over Plainfield. However, the player of the game was Neuqua's Brittanie Taylor-James, who hit a school record seven three-pointers on her way to 29 points. You may remember Taylor-James as the Neuqua Valley player who hit the game-winning basket before time ran out against Naperville Central last season, a shot waved off by the officials but verified by instant replay as being good. But the official's call stood, and Naperville Central went on to a 35-0 season and the Class AA championship.
It was announced this week that the rematch between Naperville Central and Neuqua Valley will be the finale of this season's McDonald's Chicagoland Classic, January 19th at 7:30pm.
The staff is following another Texan, this one a 6'4 junior center from Conroe Oak Ridge High, Morgan Clyburn. Clyburn began her junior season with a double-double in a win against Klein Collins. Clyburn finished with 23 points, 11 blocks, six rebounds and two steals in the 57-46 win. She followed it up with a triple-double against Nimitz, with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 13 blocked shots.
Bartlett (2-0) 6'0 junior Lindsay Schrader finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and three steals in the No. 14 Hawks' 58-44 victory over Joliet.
On Friday, Bartlett beat East Aurora 51-20. Schrader had 21 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.
Ranked No. 4 in Class 4A by the Associated Press and No. 16 nationally by Student Sports Magazine, North Central defeated No. 10 Perry Meridian 43-30 on Saturday. Amber Harris tied three other players with a team-high eight points.
On Thursday, Harris banged a dunk attempt off the back of the rim in a squeaker or a win against No. 3 Mooresville, 57-52. Harris had 10 points, and was one of four players in double-figures.
Lutheran remains perfect on the season at No. 4 in Class A with a 56-49 win over Triton Central on Friday. Bugher had 19 points, all from within the perimeter arc.
On Tuesday, Bugher led all scorers and rebounders with 24 points and 19 boards in a 59-46 win over Park Tudor.
Purdue point guard Erica Valek's younger sister Tatiana, a guard at Zionsville High north of Indianapolis, averaged 6.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game as a freshman last season on a talent-laden team. This season she has taken more of the scoring role. Valek scored eight points is a 42-27 win over Hamilton Heights on Saturday. Junior forward Jaime Kuhnle led Zionsville with 11.
On Friday, Valek was Zionsville's second leading scorer with 18 points, two of which came from the perimeter. In a higher scoring game, Zionsville blew out Covenant Christian 84-46.
No. 1 Brebeuf (3-0) remained undefeated with a 70-33 blowout of Noblesville on Friday. Ta'Shia Phillips led the Braves with 17 points and two blocked shots, on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor and 1-of-1 from the line. That matched her high school career-high set during the first game of this, her freshman season. Phillips scored 15 points against Franklin Central.