Quick hitters about local teams as they enter prep basketball's postseason:
Neuqua Valley is the second seed in its own sectional. The Wildcats are shooting for their third straight sectional championship. The Wildcats have lost each of the past two seasons in the supersectional. How far the Wildcats advance this time around could depend on the health of forward Dwyane Evans, who missed both games last week because of an Achilles' tendon injury he suffered in a nonconference victory against Downers Grove South on Feb. 20.
Benet is the third seed in the Neuqua Valley Sectional. The Redwings are riding high - having won 12 straight games. Benet enters the postseason having won the East Suburban Catholic Conference outright for the first time since the 1994-95 season. Benet hasn't won a regional championship since the 2004-05 season. The Redwings came close to knocking off top-seeded Neuqua in a regional semifinal last year. Benet gets it done with defense. The Redwings are allowing 42 points per game.
Naperville North is the fourth seed in the Neuqua Valley Sectional. The Huskies have 20 wins for the first time since the 2005-06 season, which also happens to be the last time the Huskies won a regional championship. North has gotten the job done on the defensive end of the floor by limiting the opposition to 45 points per game.
Naperville Central is the 10th seed in the Neuqua Valley Sectional. The Redhawks have been up and down throughout the season. Coach Pete Kramer said the biggest issue with this group has been its inability to play consistently. Central has showed signs of putting things together by winning three straight since its loss at North on Feb. 12. The Redhawks lean on center Matt Neufeld and a 2-3 matchup zone defense.