Midseason conference call: Big East

Editor’s Note: I’m going to provide an eight-day midseason tour around the area conferences in girls’ basketball. If all goes as scheduled, it will conclude next Friday, Jan. 2, the day that the season resumes.

Here’s the tentative plan:

Today: Big East

Saturday: SICL

Sunday: Upper Iowa

Monday: Northeast Iowa

Tuesday: Tri-Rivers

Wednesday: Cedar Valley

Thursday: Wamac (East and West)

Friday: MVC (Mississippi and Valley)

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BIG EAST CONFERENCE

The frontrunner: Simply because it has played two conference games, Preston (6-2, 2-0) leads the pack.

Other contenders: There are four — Bellevue Marquette (6-0, 0-0), Camanche (5-1, 1-0), Clinton Prince of Peace (5-1, 0-0) and Midland (4-1, 0-0) have established themselves as teams that will be in the race for the long haul.

Potential spoilers: Calamus-Wheatland (1-4, 0-0), Northeast (3-4, 0-1), Olin (3-2, 0-0).

Biggest surprise: Camanche. The Indians’ only defeat came at the hands of DeWitt Central, a strong 3A team. They notched an impressive 70-56 win over Preston in a non-conference game.

Biggest disappointment: Probably Northeast. The Rebels started 0-2, righted the ship for a while and won three straight, then lost their last two before the break.

Leading scorer: Camanche junior Ashtyn Dixon is averaging 19.8 points through five games.

What to watch for: An extremely tight race between the top five teams. A couple years ago, the Big East title race ended in a four-way tie. It could happen again. Keep an eye on road wins between those teams. A team that can break serve on the road will be sitting pretty come early February. What will happen with Marquette? The Mohawks started the season 6-0, but hasn’t played since Dec. 5. Marquette hosts Midland on Jan. 5 while Camanche travels to Prince of Peace on Jan. 2. Those are big tone-setters for the rest of the season.

Who will win it: I picked Midland at the beginning of the season, and I’ll stick with the Eagles. However, I don’t think they (or anyone else) will get through the league season without a scratch.

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4 Responses to “Midseason conference call: Big East”

  1. Greg Says:

    My buddy is the Camanche coach and I am not surprised they are doing so well. He is an excellent teacher of the game.

  2. jtlinder Says:

    He must be. They’re playing well, based on the early-season scores.

  3. DarylS Says:

    Thanks for your insights Jeff. Always look forward to reading your work. Midland IS LOADED with talent up and down the roster being able to easily go 10-deep without too much dropoff. The key with the Eagles will be discipline. Can they stay calm and in control against the good teams. If they can, look out!! They could go far come tourney time and win a Big East championship (their first since the Jerry Carstens era more than 15 years ago). Also, junior Caitlin Bisinger is one of the best point guards in not only the conference, but the state in class 1A.

  4. JoeS Says:

    Don’t count out Northeast. They have a big game with Midland on Friday. Like Midland they too have talent up and down their roster. They seem to be playing very good basketball right not. It will be very interesting to see how the season plays out in the Big East Conference.

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