The Montini Christmas Tournament brings together many of the best girls basketball teams in the state.
It's also bringing together a rematch of state championship game competitors.
In fact, a rematch of the teams who played for the last two Class 4A state titles.
Two-time defending state champion Benet and Fremd, the runner-up the last two years, each won their first game in Lombard on Tuesday and will meet in Wednesday's 4:45 p.m. quarterfinal.
Coach Dave Yates' Vikings (10-2) advanced with a 59-36 win over St. Joseph, while Benet (14-1) topped Huntley 65-37.
The Vikings had four double-digit scorers as Harvard-bound Grace Tworek, Hayley Williams and Angie Zara each scored 12 points and Midori William added 10.
Missy Adrian led the four-time defending MSL champs with 8 rebounds while Midori Williams collected 5 rebounds and 4 assists in a game that tipped off at 8 a.m.
The Williams sisters each had a pair of 3-pointers.
"A far as 8 a.m. post-holiday basketball games go, I was pretty pleased with how we played," Yates said. "We jumped out, got control of it early and had a really strong second quarter (outscored St. Joseph 26-4). I thought we handled their pressure well and our defense gave them problems."
The Vikes were up by as much as 40-13 in the third quarter.
"Our starters played about six minutes in the second half," Yates said. "Angie Zara had a really nice game. She attacked basket and either finished or got fouled a bunch of times."
Hersey 57, Batavia 31: The Huskies improved to 12-1 by winning their first game of the Montini tournament. Denver-bound Claire Gritt scored a game-high 22 points while Gina Miklasz added 11 and Andrea Cannon 8.
The Huskies led 26-18 at half and then outscored Batavia 21-6 in the third quarter.
"We were a little slow in the first half after an 11-day layoff," said Hersey coach Mary Fendley. "But the third quarter might have been our best of the season. Our defense (allowed only 2 field goals) came together and we hits shots. And our kids off the bench played great."
Maine West 58, Hononegah 46: The Warriors improved to 13-2 and advanced to the semifinal of the Joe Komaromy Dundee-Crown Charger Classic. They will face Hampshire at 8 p.m. today.
Junior Alisa Fallon scored a game-high 22 points along with 4 steals, 2 assists and 2 rebounds. Junior Allison Pearson added 13 points with 9 assists and 4 steals while freshman Angela Dugalic chipped in 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Wheeling 47, Deerfield 30: Sophomore Nosa Igiehon collected 17 points and 20 rebounds for the Wildcats (8-6), who are now 3-1 in the Warren tournament. Shannon Kennedy added 16 points with 4 steals and Kourtney Schuetz had 7 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the Wildcats.
Buffalo Grove 61, Bartlett 58: Georgette Topalis (12 points, 4 assists, 2 steals), Kendra Lee (12 points) and Alyssa Floro (11 points, 4 steals) were leading scorers fro BG (5-7), now 1-1 in the D-C Charger Classic.
Sophomotre Sydney Fortman added 9 points and for the Bison, who received 5 rebounds and 3 steals from Megan Gamber.
Barrington 44, Burlington Central 30: Sophomore Tori Meyer (11 points, 3 assists, 2 steals), senior Cecilia Stack (10 points, 2 assists) and senior Claire Collier (9 points) were top scorers for the Fillies (2-10) who are 1-1 in the Dundee-Crown Charger Classic.
"Stack played one of her best games of the season," said Barrington coach Babbi Barreiro. "She excelled both offensively and defensively. And Tori Meyer had a nice all-around game as well. Our scoring was balanced today. We took better care of the ball and it showed."
The Fillies face host D-C today at 12:30 p.m. in the consolation semifinal.
Dundee-Crown 53, Prospect 46: Junior guard Emily Frasco had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals for Prospect (4-8) which is 0-2 in the D-C Charger Classic. Ashley Adams (9 points), and Mandy Withey (8) were other top scorers for the Knights, who were led on the boards by Withey (11 rebounds).
Libertyville 60, Hoffman Estates 31: Senior guard Monraia Wilson led the Hawks (3-10) with 16 points while Hurd added 7 with a 3-pointer as the Hawks slipped to 0-2 at the Libertyville tournament.
Waubonsie Valley 51, Elk Grove 39: The Grens (2-12) were led by Jenny Banak and Megan Murray (5 rebounds, 4 assists), who each scored 9 points with a 3-pointer. Rachel Kandefer led EG with 9 rebounds while Murray had 5 and Bailey Smola 4. The Grens meet Willowbrook at 9 a.m. today.
Schaumburg 50, Willowbrook 16: Mallory Gerber scored a game-high 21 points with 4 rebounds and 3 assists for Schaumburg (7-7) at the Wheaton North tourney.
Maya Bowens (9 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocked shots), Laura O'Connell (7 points, 4 rebounds) and Regina D'Orazio (7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists) were other leading scorers for the Saxons, who meet Glenbard North at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
St. Viator 50, Glenbrook North 39: The host Lions (5-7) improved to 2-0 in their own Blenner Holiday Classic as junior Myia Clark scored a game-high 20 points.
Leyden 48, Lane Tech 35: Junior Annissa Lemon and senior Artasia Gusman led Leyden with 18 and 16 points, respectively while Ginani Badillo and Amalia Figueroa helped spark the defense for the Eagles (4-4) who improved to 1-1 at the Blenner Holiday Classic at St. Viator.