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Looking ahead to top girls basketball games

The girls basketball season is already a few weeks old, but there’s plenty to look forward to. Here’s a list of some of the most anticipated girls basketball games still ahead for Lyons Township, Riverside Brookfield and other area teams.

Nazareth at Lyons Township, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14

This may not be a cultured rivalry because these two schools don’t play often in every sport, but it’s always fun when neighboring schools get together. First-year coach Paul Krick is trying to revitalize the Lions’ program while Kim Connell is hoping to take the next step in her second year in charge of Nazareth. The Lions have won this game the past two years and four of the past six meetings.

Glenbard South at Riverside Brookfield, 7 p.m. Dec. 17

These two teams have been in the upper tier of the Metro Suburban Conference since the Raiders joined the league for the 2011-2012 school year and they appear to be the early favorites once again. The Bulldogs are off to a hot start while the Raiders returned a lot of talent from a 22-win team.

Fenwick vs. Rolling Meadows, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20

This McDonald’s Shootout game at Willowbrook is a rematch at the same venue from a year ago. That meeting was one of the most exciting girls basketball games you will see. Point guard Jackie Kemph scored 38 points in an 87-83 Rolling Meadows win despite the Friars leading by as many as 14 points. Kemph and the Mustangs were second in Class 4A last year and both teams return plenty of talent.

Proviso West at St. Joseph, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23

These two neighboring schools have high expectations this season. The Panthers are hoping to defend their West Suburban Silver title while the Chargers are expecting a return to prominence after a rare down season.

Willowbrook at Morton, 6 p.m. Feb. 1

This is Morton’s “Pack the Place” doubleheader. The girls will start the doubleheader at Morton West before the boys finish it off. The Warriors were the guests for “Pack the Place” last year as well and Morton won both games. The Mustang girls’ upset ended up costing Willowbrook a share of the West Suburban Gold title.

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