December’s holiday season gives girls basketball teams a chance to break away from conference play as a slew of tournaments come onto the schedule. Several area teams will compete in some of the best tourneys around.
Downers Grove North
Tournament: Bill Neibch Holiday Classic
Location: Wheaton North High School, 701 W. Thomas Road, Wheaton
First game: 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 vs. Glenbard North
What to watch: The Trojans are off their best start since 2006-07, going 8-1 through nine games and sitting atop the West Suburban Silver Conference with a perfect 4-0 mark. North is currently riding a four-game winning streak.
The Trojans will face Lyons Township on Friday before opening the Bill Neibch Holiday Classic on Monday as the No. 2 seed. Following a first round game against Glenbard North, the Trojans will play either tournament host Wheaton North or Elk Grove in the second round. The team could be in store for a rematch against Hinsdale Central in the quarterfinals.
Sophomore Jaida Green has led the Trojans in scoring the season, averaging 18.6 points per game. Senior Sarah Costello has contributed 11.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 6.2 assists and four steals per game.
Downers Grove South
Tournament: Oswego East Holiday Classic
Location: Oswego East High School, 1525 Harvey Road, Oswego
First game: 11:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23 vs. Aurora Central Catholic
What to watch: Back-to-back conference wins over Leyden and Addison Trail leveled the Mustangs’ record at 4-4 overall as they improved to 2-1 in the West Suburban Gold conference. They had two more WSG games on the slate this week before tipping off at Oswego East.
The Mustangs will open the holiday tournament against Aurora Central Catholic on Monday. With a win, South could face top-seeded Metea Valley on Dec. 26. The championship game will be played on Dec. 28. Lemont and York are also in the tourney field.
Tournament: Lisle Cage Classic
Location: Lisle High School, 1800 Short St, Lisle
First game: 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26 vs. Antioch
What to watch: Westmont recorded its first victory of the season on Saturday, a 25-21 victory over Timothy Christian. After playing Plano on Monday, Westmont had a 10-day break before starting play at the Lisle tourney.
The Sentinels will open tournament play on Dec. 26 against Antioch. Westmont may face rival and tournament host Lisle in the second round. The host Lions currently sit near the top of the Interstate Eight Conference. Fellow I-8 foes Coal City and Reed-Custer are also in the tournament.