This year's Chicago-area talent in girls high school basketball looks strong as the race to determine the top team was close. The No. 1 Marian Catholic Spartans won out as the top team as the returning state champions held off Rolling Meadows, Montini and Whitney Young.
1. Marian Catholic (33-1)
The favorites to repeat after last year's Class 4A state championship, the Spartans have a new coach in Don Murray, but return three starters in Ashton Millender, Kauai Bradley and Teniya Page.
2. Rolling Meadows (30-4)
A runner-up finish in last year's state championship game is the motivation for Rolling Meadows this season. All five starters return this season including Northwestern recruit Alexis Glasgow.
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3. Montini (35-2)
The favorites in Class 3A have a ton of depth and Kelsey Bogdan, Kelly Karlis, Lea Kerstein, Sara Ross and Kateri Stone all return for another potential run.
4. Whitney Young (29-5)
The Dolphins lose McDonald's All-American Linnae Harper, but they're still the most talented team in the city and led by Tanita Allen, Taylor Brame and 6-foot-5 Khaalia Hillsman.
5. Trinity (26-5)
DePaul recruit Lauren Prochaska leads a very deep and experienced team that returns seven key contributors from last year's team.
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6. Wheaton-Warrenville South (29-4)
Another DePaul recruit, Meghan Waldron, leads the Tigers as they try to make it to state this season after last season's four-point Supersectional loss to Huntley.
7. Joliet Catholic (24-5)
Michigan State recruit Jasmine Lumpkin and sophomore guard Nicole Ekhomu combined to average 35 points a game last year and they'll be asked to lead a talented but inexperienced group this season.
8. Huntley (26-8)
A surprise team in last year's Class 4A state title race, Huntley returns Sam Andrews (senior) and Ali Andrews (sophomore) and both sisters averaged over 15 points a game last season.
9. Evanston (27-4)
Dashae Shumate and sisters Sierra and Seara Clayborn have four years of varsity experience each and the Wildkits have some talented freshmen emerging to a team that lost to Rolling Meadows in the Supersectional.
10. Neuqua Valley (27-4)
The Wildcats return most of their core from last season and will try to make a run past Bolingbrook after losing in last year's sectional title game.