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High School Lites preview: Week 14

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High School Lites preview: Week 14

It's playoff time on High School Lites as we have highlights of 13 games this week, including boys basketball highlights in Class 2A, 3A and 4A and the girls basketball state semifinals in Class 3A and 4A. 

The girls basketball state semifinals will be live on CSN+ on Friday and play resumes on Saturday on CSN. For more information, as well our channel finder, click on this link here.

You can watch High School Lites live at 11 p.m. this week on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @CSNPreps for the latest IHSA basketball updates. 

BOYS BASKETBALL CLASS 2A

Orr vs. Uplift at DePaul Prep, 7:00 p.m., 2A DePaul Prep Sectional Championship. - The Class 2A sectionals don't have a lot of area firepower but this is an intriguing game between two Public League teams. Orr (19-3) has been a solid top-25 team for most of the season as they're led by electric sophomore Raekwon Drake. Uplift (19-7) will counter with two talented brothers in junior Demarius Jacobs and freshman Davarion Jacobs. 

BOYS BASKETBALL CLASS 3A

Marshall vs. North Lawndale, 6:00 p.m., 3A Marshall Regional Championship - Two Red-West rivals clash for as Class 3A regional title as Marshall hosts North Lawndale. The Phoenix (21-7) are considered to be a major threat for a downstate run while Marshall (8-16) is trying to pick up a memorable upset in their home gym. 

Farragut vs. Westinghouse, 7:00 p.m., 3A Nazareth Regional Championship. - Two more Red-West teams battle for another 3A regional title when Farragut takes on Westinghouse. The Admirals (19-10) are led by senior Dulan Scott while Westinghouse (15-11) counters with talented junior Coreyon Rushin. 

Glenbard South vs. Burlington Central, 7:00 p.m., 3A Glenbard South Regional Championship. - This could be a strong game as Glenbard South hosts Burlington Central. The Raiders (18-9) have been a strong team in the Metro Suburban West all season while Burlington Central (26-3) is led by senior Ryan Fitzgerald.  

BOYS BASKETBALL CLASS 4A

Simeon vs. Brother Rice, 4A T.F. North Regional Championship. - Simeon is the major target for everyone in Class 4A and they try to capture a regional title against Brother Rice. The Wolverines (25-3) are playing their best ball of the season in late February as they're led by a balanced team. Brother Rice (19-10) has been a solid team in the Catholic League this season under new head coach Bobby Frasor, but they haven't beaten anyone close to Simeon's caliber. 

Thornton vs. Bloom, 4A Thornton Regional Championship. - Arguably the two top teams in the south suburbs battle for a regional title as Thornton hosts Bloom. While the Wildcats (23-3) have been one of the hottest teams in the area this season, they lost to Bloom a few weeks ago, so this one should be close. The Blazing Trojans (17-10) are led by senior and All-Area candidate Jamal Parks, a 6-foot-4 wing who is having a breakthrough season.

Riverside-Brookfield vs. Proviso East, 7:00 p.m., 4A St. Ignatius Regional Championship. - .Another fantastic regional championship game as Riverside-Brookfield tries to go on another playoff run. The Bulldogs (22-5) are a balanced team with a strong backcourt and they've been in the top 25 of the @CSNPreps Power Rankings for most of the season. Proviso East (17-8) could gain an emotional lift with the return of head coach Donnie Boyce as they're led by senior guard Antonio Williams. 

Hinsdale South vs. Downers Grove South, 7:00 p.m., Glenbard East Regional Championship - These two West Suburban Gold rivals match up for the fourth time this season -- this time for a regional title. The Hornets won two of the three games but Downers South was the division champion in the conference. The key could be Downers South slowing down Hinsdale South senior center Barret Benson. The Northwestern commit has put up big numbers this season.

Naperville North vs. York, 7:00 p.m., 4A Lyons Township Regional Championship - Another rematch for a regional title as York knocked off Naperville North in the title game of the Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament earlier this season. This time, Naperville North (23-4) will be the favorite on a neutral court as they've been one of the best teams in the area since the turn to 2016. York (18-12) is a dangerous No. 6 seed in this sectional as they have one of the area's best defenses. 

GIRLS BASKETBALL CLASS 3A AND 4A STATE SEMIFINALS

Highland vs. North Lawndale, 12:00 p.m., Class 3A state semifinal, CSN+ - North Lawndale is one of three Chicago Public League schools representing the girls basketball proceedings this weekend as they face Highland. The Phoenix (22-11) are led by freshman Jada Thorpe (14.1 ppg). Highland (30-4) has won 13 consecutive games as they're led by senior guard Amanda Ponce.

Morton (IL) vs. Morgan Park, 2:00 p.m., Class 3A state semifinal, CSN+ - Another Public League team takes the floor in Class 3A as Morgan Park battles Morton. The Mustangs (30-3) have only lost to Whitney Young and Trinity among teams from Illinois this season and both of those teams made the final four in Class 4A. Defending champion Morton (31-3) is looking to win another state championship as they're led by junior forward Brandi Bisping (14.6 ppg).

Whitney Young vs. Fremd, 6:30 p.m., Class 4A state semifinal, CSN+ - The city champion Whitney Young Dolphins will look to advance in Class 4A when they battle Fremd. The Dolphins (27-5) haven't lost to an Illinois opponent since falling to Montini on Dec. 30 as they're led by senior guard Kiara Lewis (24.8 ppg). Fremd lost in the state title game to Benet last season but returns with a 29-2 record this season. The Vikings are a balanced group led by senior Bryana Hopkins (12.9 ppg), senior Brianna Lewis (11.6 ppg) and junior Grace Tworek (10.2 ppg).

Benet vs. Trinity, 8:15 p.m., Class 4A state semifinal, CSN+ - Defending state champion Benet is looking to repeat as they take on Trinity. The Redwings (30-3) are led by senior guard Kathleen Doyle (17.1 ppg) as Benet has only lost to Morgan Park, Whitney Young and Homewood-Flossmoor this season. Trinity (29-5) has won 12 straight games as they're usually paced by seniors Kaitlin Aylward and Annie McKenna. 

Boys Basketball Playoffs begin on busy week of High School Lites

Boys Basketball Playoffs begin on busy week of High School Lites

High School Lites is down to the final week of the regular season in local high school hoops as the Class 3A and 4A schools finish up conference play. The boys basketball playoffs have also started as the Class 1A and Class 2A regional championships will be played on Friday night.

The girls basketball Class 1A and 2A state semifinals will also be featured. You can catch all of those games on NBC Sports Chicago on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. with the 1A semifinals. High School Lites will air Friday night at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago

East Aurora at No. 11 West Aurora, 7:00 p.m. -- These two rivals meet for the 225th time. The Blackhawks (20-4, 9-0) won the first matchup by 22 points as they try to finish the season on a 12-game winning streak. 

Jacobs at Dundee-Crown, 7:00 p.m. -- Fox Valley rivals match up as Jacobs tries to go unbeaten in the conference. The Eagles (23-3, 15-0) has been playing very well as they've won 20 of 21 games heading into this one -- including an earlier win against Dundee-Crown. The Chargers (14-11, 10-4) has won seven consecutive games since dropping to the Golden Eagles as they're second in the Fox Valley heading into this one. 

Yorkville at DeKalb, 7:00 p.m. -- The top two teams in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East play in this one. DeKalb (16-11, 11-1) has already clinched a share of the conference title as the team's only league loss has come against Yorkville. The Foxes (17-8, 10-2) knocked off DeKalb at their place on Feb. 3 as they try to win again to get a piece of the division title. 

T.F. North at Lemont, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the better teams in the South Suburban Blue battle on the eve of the playoffs. Lemont (17-8, 9-3) has picked up three straight wins entering this one. T.F. North (11-9, 9-3) is trying to build some momentum after recent close losses to Hillcrest and T.F. South.

Carmel at No. 10 Benet, 7:30 p.m. -- The ESCC closes out its season with this one. Benet (22-4, 7-1) is coming off a nice road win at Marian Catholic earlier this week. Carmel (17-10, 4-4) knocked off Joliet Catholic during the week as they've been a dangerous team in the ESCC. 

Class 2A Boys Basketball Regional Championships

Leo vs. Marshall, 6 p.m. -- The Lions are the favorites but the Commandos are the host of this regional title game. Leo (20-5, 8-0) has a 13-game winning streak as they won the Catholic League White. Marshall (8-17, 4-5) struggled in the win column but they were a competitive 4-5 in a very deep Public League Red-South. 

Uplift vs. Northridge, 7 p.m. -- This should be an interesting battle as Uplift is playing on the road at Northridge. Uplift (17-9, 6-3) has played an extremely competitive schedule that includes a recent close loss to No. 1 Simeon as Kansas commit Markese Jacobs and senior forward Toraze Dobbs are one of the best combinations in the Class 2A field. Northridge (22-5, 12-0) went unbeaten in the Independent School League this season as they're riding a 13-game winning streak.

Class 1A Boys Basketball Regional Championships 

Aurora Christian vs. Harvest Christian, 7 p.m. -- These two teams play for the third time this season in what should be an interesting regional title game. Aurora Christian (23-1, 10-0) is the host as they only lost to Winnebago this season. The Eagles beat Harvest Christian twice in a six-day span in December. Harvest Christian (18-8, 8-2) finished third in the Northeastern Athletic as they played the second game within two points. 

Class 1A Girls Basketball State Semifinals

Okaw Valley vs. Stockton, 11 a.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- Okaw Valley (29-5) is making its first state appearance after winning its first regional title in school history. Stockton (31-2) finished under .500 last season (13-15) and had an amazing turnaround that includes a current 15-game winning streak. 

Lebanon vs. Schlarman, 12:45 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- These two teams have combined for two losses this season as this should be a good one. Lebanon (31-1) just won its first sectional title in school history as they've now moved on to state. Schlarman (31-1) is led by junior Anaya Peoples, a Notre Dame commit and five-star prospect in the Class of 2019. 

Class 2A Girls Basketball State Semifinals

Harlan vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- Two red-hot teams play in the first semifinal in Class 2A. Harlan (25-6) is riding a 12-game winning streak as this is its first appearance at state for girls basketball. Eureka (28-3) has a 19-game winning streak as they make their first state appearance since 1988.

Marshall vs. Teutopolis, 7:15 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- Two storied programs in the state match up in this one. Marshall (20-7) will be making its 21st state appearance as head coach Dorothy Gaters is one of the most storied coaches in Illinois. Teutopolis is making its 17th appearance at state as the Lady Shoes (28-6) seek their first title since 1995. 

Check out the AP boys basketball polls as regular season winds down

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Check out the AP boys basketball polls as regular season winds down

Here is the latest AP boys basketball polls. The girls basketball polls are done with the playoffs underway in all four classes.

Class 4A

School                                 W-L       Pts   Prv

1. Simeon (9)                      25-3      90    1

2. Belleville West                23-2      75    3

3. Curie                                22-3      74     2

4. Danville                           23-2      67      4

5. Whitney Young               22-7     52     T5

6. Normal West                   21-6     28     T5

7. Quincy                              19-4      21     T10

8. Bloomington                   18-7      15     8

9. Evanston                          20-5      14     7

10. New Trier                       22-3       12     NR

Others receiving votes: Moline 11, Niles North 10, Lisle (Benet Academy) 10, St. Viator 5, Naperville North 4, Maine South 2, Rockford Jefferson 1.

Class 3A

School                                            W-L          Pts    Prv

1. Morgan Park (7)                       18-9         88     2

2. Springfield Southeast (2)        22-3         82     1

3. Marian Catholic                        20-4         67     4

4. Hillcrest                                      21-5         57     5

(tie) Springfield Lanphier             22-3         57     3

6. Alton Marquette                       28-0         44      6

7. Centralia                                    21-4          32      7

8. DePaul College Prep                20-6          31      8

9. Champaign Central                  17-7          13      10

10. Decatur MacArthur                 18-8         9        NR

Others receiving votes: Lincoln 6, Burlington Central 6, Bogan 3.

Class 2A

School                                       W-L          Pts     Prv

1. Orr (11)                                 23-4         110     1

2. Warsaw West Hancock      22-2         83       3

3. Pinckneyville                       25-3         76       T4

4. Winnebago                          24-2         75       2

5. Monticello                            22-1         69       6

6. Leo                                        19-5         65       T4

7. Bloomington Central Catholic       21-6         42   8

8. Effingham St. Anthony                    25-3         23   7

9. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley               24-3         12   NR

10. Trenton Wesclin                             24-4         9     NR

Others receiving votes: Eldorado 7, Corliss 6, St. Joseph-Ogden 6, Bureau Valley 5, Uplift 5 Teutopolis 4, Williamsville 3, Quincy Notre Dame 2, Farmington  2, Casey-Westfield 1

Class 1A

School                                      W-L          Pts      Prv

1. Aurora Christian (9)            22-1        108      1

2. DePue (1)                              24-2        85        2

3. East Dubuque (1)                26-3        80        4

4. Annawan                              25-3        75        5

5. Payson Seymour                 26-2        68        3

6. Sterling Newman                 23-4       57        6

7. Colfax Ridgeview                  24-4       48        7

8. New Berlin                             25-3       33        8

9. Cairo                                       21-5       22        9

10. Nokomis                              21-7         9        NR

Others receiving votes: Newark 8, Quest Academy 5, Milford 4, Cissna Park 2. Okawville 1.