By Pat Brozynski

Girls tourneys stretch from Carpentersville to Naples

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Sometime Christmas Day, members of the Marist girls basketball team will board a plane for Florida to participate in the Naples Holiday Shootout.

The tournament features 16 of the best girls teams from around the country, including defending tournament champion Whitney Young.

"Everybody's really excited," said Marist coach Mary Pat Connolly. "What I love about the Naples tournament is it's a national tournament. They're supposed to have some of the top 25, top 50 players in the country. Most of teams are in the top 10 in their state.

"It's really nice to get a different look at teams that aren't in your area," she added. "I've been doing this for 11 years. We keep battling the Fenwicks and the Marian Catholics, the same teams. It's just a different look for us."

The trip is an opportunity for many of the team's members to see another part of the country, some for the first time.

"I thought if we do this every four years, it would give kids an opportunity to travel that might not have an opportunity to do that and to see a different part of the country and see different basketball," Connolly said.

Marist's Je'Taun Rouse admits that she's been checking the weather forecast for Christmas in Florida.

"Yes, we have looked at the weather," she said. "But it's not a vacation. We're going down there on business. We're in one half of the bracket and Young is in the other half. Our goal is to play Young in the championship game."

C'mon, Florida? Christmas? Eighty degrees and partly sunny on Wednesday. Seventies and sunny on Thursday and Friday?

"We may go to the beach, go shopping," Rouse said. "But other than that, it's all business."

The tournament website can be found at

Here are the pairings for some of the tournaments in which area teams will participate this week:

Montini Holiday Tournament

Wednesday, December 26
Romeoville vs. Hinsdale South, 8:00 a.m.
Plainfield East vs. Oak Park, 9:45 a.m.
Batavia vs. Bogan, 11:30 a.m.
Montini vs. St. Francis de Sales, 1:15 p.m.
Marian Catholic vs. Westinghouse, 3:00 p.m.
Fremd vs. Proviso West, 4:45 p.m.
Rolling Meadows vs. St. Joseph, 6:30 p.m.
Zion-Benton vs. South Elgin, 8:15 p.m.

30th Annual Dundee-Crown Charger Classic

Wednesday, December 26
St. Charles North vs. Evanston, 10:00 a.m.
Barrington vs. Resurrection, 11:30 a.m.
Maine West vs. New Trier, 1:00 p.m.
Buffalo Grove vs. Naperville Central, 2:30 p.m.
Bartlett vs. Mother McAuley, 4:00 p.m.
Maine South vs. Dundee-Crown, 5:30 p.m.
Prospect vs. Hononegah, 7:00 p.m.
Fenwick vs. Johnsburg, 8:30 p.m.

Hillcrest Holiday Classic

Wednesday, December 26
Thornton vs. Bloom, 9:00 a.m.
Oak Forest vs. Sandburg, 9:00 a.m.
Queen of Peace vs. Stagg, 10:30 a.m.
Harlan vs. Homewood-Flossmoor, 10:30 a.m.
Seton vs. Rich South, 12:00 p.m.
T.F. North vs. Lockport, 12:00 p.m.
Rich Central vs. Tinley Park, 1:30 p.m.
Phillips vs. Hillcrest, 1:30 p.m.

Bill Neibch Falcon Classic

Wednesday, December 26
Willowbrook vs. West Aurora, 9:00 a.m.
Glenbard South vs. Schaumburg, 10:30 a.m.
Hersey vs. Elgin, 12:00 p.m.
Wheaton North vs. Downers Grove North, 1:30 p.m.
Hinsdale Central vs. Jacobs, 3:00 p.m.
Lyons vs. St. Charles East, 4:30 p.m.
Elk Grove vs. Glenbard North, 6:00 p.m.
Glenbrook South vs. Waubonsie Valley, 7:30 p.m.

Naples Holiday Shootout

Wednesday, December 26
Dwyer vs. Orlando-Edgewater, 11:00 a.m.
Dreher vs. Cardinal O'Hara, 12:30 p.m.
Marist vs. North Gwinnett, 2:00 p.m.
Warren Easton vs. Hathaway Brown, 3:30 p.m.
Science Hill vs. McDonogh, 5:00 p.m.
Tucker vs. Whitney Young, 6:30 p.m.
Center Pointe vs. Troy, 8:00 p.m.
First Baptist vs. Barron Collier, 9:30 p.m.

And in case you missed it the first time, here is the schedule for the McDonald's Chicagoland Classic January 18-20 at Willowbrook High School:

Friday, January 18
Guerin vs. St. Ignatius, 6:00 p.m.
Warren vs. Hinsdale Central, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 19
Prospect vs. Bogan, 11:00 a.m.
Wheaton North vs. Maine West, 12:30 p.m.
Metea Valley vs. Morgan Park, 2:00 p.m.
Romeoville vs. Geneva, 3:30 p.m.
Fremd vs. Neuqua Valley, 5:00 p.m.
Hillcrest vs. Wheaton Warrenville South, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, January 21
Andrew vs. Niles West, 9:00 a.m.
Vernon Hills vs. Benet, 10:30 a.m.
Plainfield North vs. Willowbrook, 12:00 p.m.
Rolling Meadows vs. Fenwick, 1:30 p.m.
Marist vs. Trinity, 3:00 p.m.
Bloom vs. Providence, 4:30 p.m.
Bolingbrook vs. Marian Catholic, 6:00 p.m.
Montini vs. Whitney Young, 7:30 p.m.


Three more area girls joined the 1,000-point mark for their careers recently -- Rolling Meadows' Jackie Kemph, Trinity's Taylor Nazon and Romeoville's Kiera Currie.

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