High School Lites stays busy this week as we get into the postseason in both girls and boys basketball.
While Class 3A and 4A boys basketball is finishing its regular season -- and we'll have games from the Southwest Suburban Red and Southland -- the Class 1A and 2A boys basketball playoffs heat up with regional finals from across the area. We'll also have highlights from the girls basketball Class 1A and 2A state semifinals downstate -- and you can view all of those games on CSN or CSN+ this weekend -- as well as a girls Class 4A sectional title game.
This week's Team of the Week is the city champion Simeon Wolverines in boys basketball while the Getting to Know segment is on talented Evanston junior Nojel Eastern. We'll also have an update on #MascotMadness as we're down to the Elite 8 in our field.
Be sure to watch this week's edition of High School Lites this Friday night at 11 p.m. on CSN and streaming on CSNChicago.com. Also make sure to follow us on Twitter @CSNPreps for the latest IHSA updates from around the state.
Class 1A Boys Playoffs
Hope Academy vs. St. Benedict, Luther North Regional Championship, 7:00 p.m. - Chicago Prep Red champion Hope Academy (16-9) will take on St. Benedict (14-15) for a Class 1A regional title on Friday night. Hope Academy will be the favorite after going 8-0 in conference play during the season, but St. Benedict is coming off of an upset win over host Luther North, so they have some momentum entering this game.
Class 2A Boys Playoffs
Illiana Christian vs. Chicago Christian, Illiana Christian Regional Championship, 7:00 p.m. - These two rivals meet for the rubber match, and regional title, on Friday night. Illiana Christian (21-6) won on the road, 58-56, when these two teams played on Jan. 15 while Chicago Christian (21-6) won the first matchup, 50-44, on Dec. 11. Both teams won their regional semifinal games by at least 30 points on Tuesday night.
Seton Academy vs. U-High, U-High Regional Championship, 7:00 p.m. - Seton Academy tries to make a run during its final season as they face U-High on the road for a regional title. Seton Academy (20-9) is led by a talented sophomore in Javon Freeman and he scored 15 points in a win over CICS/Ellison on Tuesday night. U-High (21-6) was paced by junior Jameel Alausa's 15 points in a win over CICS/Longwood on Tuesday night as this should be one of the area's best 2A regional title games.
Orr vs. Providence-St. Mel, Orr Regional Championship, 7:00 p.m. - The only Class 2A team in the @CSNPreps Power Rankings get a home game for a regional title when the No. 16 Spartans host Providence-St. Mel. Orr (17-3) is coming off of a big regional semifinal win over Legal Prep Charter Academy as Samuel Williams had 18 points. Providence-St. Mel (9-19) was a winner over Manley on Wednesday night as Lamar Crenshaw had 15 points.
Christ the King vs. Holy Trinity, Holy Trinity Regional Championship, 7:00 p.m. - Two Chicago Prep conference rivals matchup as Christ the King (22-7) takes on host Holy Trinity (19-9). Christ the King went unbeaten in the Chicago Prep Black as they were led by Jayvon Mackey with 16 points during a Tuesday-night win over Marine Military. Holy Trinity needed overtime to beat Wells on Thursday night as Adrian Santiago had 21 points.
Boys Basketball Regular Season
Lincoln-Way West at Lincoln-Way Central, 6:00 p.m. - Two dangerous playoff teams matchup on Friday night when these SouthWest Suburban Red teams collide. Lincoln-Way Central (16-8, 7-6) won on the road at Lincoln-Way West, 56-53, on Jan. 29 as they've beaten Thornton as well in recent weeks. Lincoln-Way West (16-8, 8-5) is led by high-scoring junior Marco Pettinato and senior John Marotta.
Rich South at Crete-Monee, 6:30 p.m. - The top two teams in the Southland face each other when Rich South (17-7, 7-2) travels to Crete-Monee (17-8, 6-3). Rich South pulled off the 62-35 home win on Jan. 22 as senior Malik Osborne had a solid outing. Crete-Monee (17-8, 6-3) is led by junior Dwayne Rose, the nephew of Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose.
Class 1A & 2A Girls Basketball Playoffs
Class 1A State Semifinals: 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. on CSN
The girls basketball Class 1A state semifinals will also take place on CSN on Friday afternoon. Each game can be seen by clicking on this link, our IHSA state championship stream.
In the opening game at 12 p.m., Indian Creek (31-1) will face defending Class 1A girls champion Moweaqua Central A&M (31-1). The Raiders are led by senior forward Mikah Maples (16 ppg) and senior guard Ryan Dooley while the Timberwolves counter with senior forward Josie Diehl (14.7 ppg).
In the second contest at 2 p.m., Seton Academy (25-6) faces Hardin Calhoun (30-2), as the Warriors look to make it back to the state title game. Hardin Calhoun lost to Moweaqua Central A&M last season for the state title and are led by forwards Grace Baalman (16.5 ppg) and Emma Baalman (14.3 ppg). This is the final school year for Seton Academy as they're led by senior guard Ren'cia Rolling (13.3 ppg).
These four teams will play on Saturday with the losers of the semifinals competing in the third-place game at 12 p.m. and the Class 1A girls basketball state championship happening at 1:45 p.m.
Class 2A State Semifinals: 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. on CSN+
The Class 2A girls basketball state semifinals can be found on CSN+ on Friday night. In the opening semifinal at 6:30 p.m., Teutopolis takes on St. Joseph while Camp Point Central faces Byron in the other semifinal at 8:15 p.m.
Teutopolis (28-6) is led by junior guard Shelby Thompson (11.1 ppg) and senior wing Molly Smith (10-9) in this one while St. Joseph (20-12) has made a great late-season run to make it to the state semifinals. The Chargers are led by sophomore guard Maia Marshall as she averages 17.3 points per game.
In the day's final game, Camp Point Central will battle Byron.
The Lady Panthers (27-5) have a talented freshman in guard Delaney Lantz, as she's averaging a team-leasing 15.6 points per game. The Tigers counter with junior Lexi Devries, as she's putting up 15.7 points per contest.
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