Updated: January 26, 2014 6:20AM
1. Marist is learning. The RedHawks appear to have hit some bumps on the rebuilding road, losing three games in a row after going 6-1. The losses have been close ones, by five to IMG Academy of Florida and Carmel and by two to Resurrection. Look for Brooke Wyderski, Claire Finn and Lorna McCall to be in a no-nonsense mood at the Hillcrest Holiday Classic.
2. Rich Central is durable. The Olympians have done startlingly well at 8-4, their latest victory a 52-24 win Dec. 19 over Kankakee. Startling? That’s because they basically go just six players deep, and during a season in which there is a “no hands” emphasis by officials, they’ve managed to keep themselves on the court for maximum minutes during games.
3. Are sleepers emerging? T.F. South hasn’t conquered any marquee opponents, but behind Ninah Bertrand and RenCia Rolling, the Rebels are a heady 7-1. Lincoln-Way West quietly has compiled a 7-2 record behind Danielle Morgan and Deven Bax. Providence, just 14-18 a season ago, is at 10-4 behind Alyssa Jurges.