This week's top South Bend area girls basketball teams and players

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1. South Bend Washington (10-1)

Games this week: Dec. 7 at Homestead, Dec. 10 at South Bend Clay, Dec. 11 at Edison Academy (Detroit)

The Class 3A, No. 1 Panthers rebounded in a big way after losing their first game of the season to Class 4A, No. 6 North Central two weeks ago. This week featured a 67-25 win over Elkhart, a 75-10 win over New Prairie and a 68-29 win over Fort Wayne South Side. Next week, Washington will travel to Michigan to play one of the top teams in Detroit in a one-day tournament.

Washington's Mila Reynolds (15) reacts to a call during the Washington vs. Penn girls basketball game Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 at Washington High School.
Washington's Mila Reynolds (15) reacts to a call during the Washington vs. Penn girls basketball game Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 at Washington High School.

2. Mishawaka Marian (7-2)

Games this week: Dec. 7 at Culver Academies, Dec. 10 vs. Penn, Dec. 11 at Fort Wayne Northrop

The 3A, No. 5 Knights had their four-game winning streak snapped last week after a 74-55 loss to Class 4A, top-ranked Noblesville. Before that, however, the Knights continued to look like one of the best teams in the area, defeating New Prairie 72-56 and South Bend Riley 70-17 last week. This week, Marian will play one of its tougher NIC games when it hosts Penn.

3. Penn (7-3)

Games this week: Dec. 10 at Marian, Dec. 11 at Merrillville

The Kingsmen had their three-game winning streak snapped when they were dominated in a 53-26 loss to Class 4A, No. 2-ranked Crown Point. Earlier in the week Penn had picked up a solid 57-45 Northern Indiana Conference win against South Bend Adams, who have been making teams work throughout games this season.

4. South Bend Saint Joseph (7-2)

Games this week: Dec. 7 at NorthWood, Dec. 10 at Jimtown, Dec. 11 vs Lake Central

After losing back-to-back games to 3A powers Marian and Washington, the Indians got back on the right track last week with two performances by Kelly Ratigan in two big wins (more on that later). Saint Joseph began last week with a 62-36 win over Bremen and followed that up with a 61-45 win over South Bend Adams. This week's schedule is a little lighter in terms of competition, and three winnable games for Saint Joseph, which could see the Indians really find their stride midway through the year.

5. Warsaw (7-2)

Games this week: Dec. 8 at Carroll, Dec. 11 at Plymouth

The Tigers seem to be on the same kind of path as Saint Joseph. After a two-game losing streak of their own, to 4A No. 2 Crown Point and No. 13 Penn, the Tigers rebounded with two wins last week, a 54-21 victory over NorthWood and a 66-31 win over Mississinewa. Senior guard Kacilyn Krebs was dominant in the win over the Panthers, scoring a team-high 16 points.

6. Plymouth (7-2)

Games this week: Dec. 11 vs. Warsaw

The Pilgrims have seen their winning streak balloon to three games after its two wins last week, a 49-37 victory over Tippecanoe Valley and a 54-40 win over Goshen. Junior guard Taylor Delp scored a team-high 24 points in the win over the Vikings, and matched that total in the win over Goshen.

7. Northridge (6-2)

Games this week: Dec. 7 at Wawasee, Dec. 11 at Concord

Since its loss to No. 2 Crown Point on Nov. 20, Northridge has been one of the hottest teams in the area, now on a four-game winning streak. Last week's performances included a 58-22 win over Westview and a 62-61 overtime win over Carroll in which junior Eva Fisher scored a team-high 22 points.

8. Glenn (6-4)

Games this week: Dec. 10 vs. SB Riley

Glenn can't seem to keep its winning ways long enough this season to get on a streak. Last week the Falcons beat South Bend Clay 63-21, but followed that up with a 60-42 loss to Elkhart. They should be able to get back on track this week with a home game against South Bend Riley.

9. Elkhart (5-4)

Games this week: Dec. 10 at South Bend Adams

Speaking of the Lions, Elkhart had a tough week last week, losing two of its three games against really good opponents. The week started with a 67-25 home loss to 3A No. 1 South Bend Washington, before the Lions rebounded with that win over Glenn. But the week ended in a hard-fought 62-61 loss to Merrillville.

10. New Prairie (4-6)

Games this week: Dec. 10 at Bremen

The Cougars have hit a two-game skid since playing the top teams in the NIC last week. After a 72-50 win over South Bend Clay, New Prairie dropped back-to-back games against powers Marian (72-56) and Washington (75-10). The Cougars appear to be one of those teams this year that can get by opponents around the same level as them, but will struggle against top-level teams, as most others in the area will. Let's see what happens with they face a solid Bremen team next week.

Top Players

Mila Reynolds, South Bend Washington

What a dominant week for Reynolds and the Panthers. The senior forward scored almost 100 points in her three combined games this week. It started with a school-record 48 points against Elkhart, in which her dad Steve Reynolds, won his 100th game as coach of the Panthers. Then she scored 34 points against New Prairie and finished her week off with 20 points in a win against Fort Wayne South Side.

Jada Patton, Penn

It was a solid week for Patton, despite her team going 1-1. Patton recorded her first double-double of the season in Penn's win against South Bend Adams, leading the team with 17 points and 13 rebounds. She followed that performance up with a team-high 14 points in the Kingsmen's loss to No. 2 Crown Point.

Kelly Ratigan, South Bend Saint Joseph

Ratigan continues to get it done in a big way for the Indians. She was once again dominant with the ball in her hands in South Bend Saint Joseph's two games this week. It started with a 22-point, five-rebound and eight-assist effort in a win against Bremen. She followed that up with 31 points, seven off of her season-high against South Bend Adams. She also added eight rebounds and six assists in that win, too.

Jaya Johnson, Elkhart

Johnson is a younger player in the area that may have started to make a name for herself this past week. The sophomore scored a season-high 22 points in Elkhart's win over Glenn early last week, and followed it up with 10 points and six rebounds, the third time in the last four games she finished in double figures, in the Lions' loss to Merrillville. Keep an eye on Johnson to see if she can continue this solid streak of performances.

This article originally appeared on South Bend Tribune: What South Bend girls basketball player set a school record last week?

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