Jakubicek leads Home rally; earns MVP
HEBRON – Huntley girls basketball coach Steve Raethz had witnessed Olivia Jakubicek taking control in basketball games for Cary-Grove.
“We’ve been on the other end of those,” Raethz said. “It was nice to have her on my team this time.”
Jakubicek scored 10 of her game-high 18 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half as the Home team broke the game open and defeated the Away team, 72-51, in the 2013 McHenry County Area All-Star Basketball Extravaganza on Sunday at Alden-Hebron’s Tigard Gymnasium.
Jakubicek hit 10 of 12 free throws and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Her C-G teammate Joslyn Nicholson scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half as the Home team racked up 49 second-half points.
“I was just thinking [at halftime that] it was my last half playing in a high school game and I wanted to come out with a lot of intensity,” said Jakubicek, who was voted the game’s MVP and will play at NCAA Division I Saint Louis University as a preferred walk-on.
Nicholson, who will play at NAIA Olivet Nazarene with former C-G guard Liz Bart, followed her girls triple-jump title at Saturday’s McHenry County Track and Field Meet with a big game Sunday.
“We kind of got the rust off in the first half,” Nicholson said. “We focused on moving more on offense and played more like a team in the second half.”
The Away squad grabbed a 26-23 halftime lead behind eight points from Woodstock North’s Emma Everly, who hit two 3-pointers.
Jakubicek asserted herself right away in the second half and the Home team had an eight-point lead by the 10:00 mark.
“We’re in the same conference as a lot of these girls, so it was fun seeing each other and coming together and playing with them,” Jakubicek said.
The Home squad shot 60 percent (18 of 30) in the second half after hitting 32.3 in the first half.
“Overall we had good defensive intensity,” said Raethz, whose Huntley team was fourth in the IHSA Class 4A state tournament. “We took a lot better shots in the second half because we were aggressive. It was a real pleasure to coach these girls and see why they are leaders and the best players on their team.”
Marian Central’s Shannon Wuensch hit three 3s and led the Away team with 11 points. Everly scored eight and Marengo’s Jessica Villie added seven.
“It was a lot of fun playing with girls I’ve played against since I was a freshman,” said Villie, who passed 1,000 points for her career. “You play with everyone who knows the game very well and it’s a fun, competitive game.”