Girls Basketball: Three Things Learned
1. Mother McAuley’s weave works wonders. A staple of Mother McAuley basketball always has been crisp passing and good outside shooting ability. The Mighty Macs under Ashley Luke-Clanton did a weave around the perimeter Saturday that probably left some of Crete-Monee’s defenders a little bit dizzy and without a doubt pretty darned tired. It was a game plan that worked to perfection as McAuley prevailed 59-45.
2. Refs need to talk. The new hand-check emphasis handed down by the IHSA wasn’t consistently enforced in the first half of the season. It resulted in a lot of confused players who didn’t know what they could do and what they couldn’t do, sometimes across two tournament games in one day. Adjustment is part of the game, but there needs to be some common ground on what to expect in the second half.
3. Seeding is no snap. In a Bloom Township Sectional that includes Homewood-Flossmoor, Marian Catholic, Mother McAuley, Marist, Lincoln-Way East and Lincoln-Way North, how will Oak Lawn be ranked if the Spartans run the regular-season table? At 13-0, Oak Lawn has two major tests remaining: Thursday against Hillcrest and a later date against T.F. South. Wins in both would create an interesting seeding scenario.