Updated: February 3, 2014 2:21PM
1. Hawks are growing. Still not sure who the leader is, but there are definite signs Hillcrest is developing into a team that deserves notice and respect. Shayla Joyner, Aliah Acker, Tierra Sanders and Tanzania Sherrill did the leading as a foursome at the Hillcrest Holiday Classic, where the Hawks came within a few made free throws of upsetting Bolingbrook, and were dominant against Marist.
2. Lincoln-Way North won’t quit. Yes, it was some three-point shooting that stood out in the box score Saturday when the Phoenix knocked off Lincoln-Way East for the first time. The real difference, though, was that North didn’t crumble after falling behind by 13 points, instead turning it up and outquicking, outhustling and outscrappiung the Griffins on loose balls and rebounds.
3. Alyssa Jurges is fearless. Relentless, too. The Providence guard would have been a hero thanks to her drive and weave to the basket with seconds remaining in Saturday’s third-place game at the Lincoln-Way East Medieval Classic. She got trumped when Minooka’s Brooke Bachmann did the same thing at the other end with 2.2 ticks left, but it didn’t erase a truly fine tournament for Jurges, who scored 54 points over three games.