Updated: March 19, 2014 6:24AM
1. Marian Catholic has it together. A team couldn’t possibly get more in sync going into the state playoffs than the Spartans did in Wednesday’s impressive 69-46 victory over Joliet Catholic. Teniya Page ran the offense with a look of joy on her face as she spent the first quarter dishing to Ashton Millender, then took the offensive reins herself in the second.
2. Lincoln-Way East needs softer rims. If Claire McMahon’s three-point shot from the top of the key fell in instead of rattling out, the Griffins might have landed a knockout punch against Homewood-Flossmoor in Thursday’s SouthWest Suburban Blue thriller. Although there’s something to be said for stepping up at crunch time, H-F had better bring four quarters of basketball to the Bloom Sectional or it won’t get out.
3. Oak Lawn was one quarter short. The Spartans completed a marvelous 25-1 regular season Tuesday by beating Evergreen Park. How close to perfect were they? Take away one really bad quarter against Hillcrest and that Jan. 9 game is a barn burner. Oak Lawn didn’t play the schedule of an H-F, Marian, Lincoln-Way East or Mother McAuley, but it’s definitely worthy of the No. 4 seed at Bloom.