Prep Girls Basketball Insider

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 9:06 p.m. CDT

Athlete of the Week

Sam Andrews

Huntley, sr., forward

Andrews hit a career milestone during the Dundee-Crown Thanksgiving Tournament, eclipsing 1,000 points for her career after scoring 23 points in Huntley’s 60-48 win Friday against St. Viator. Andrews, a senior, became the third player in Red Raiders’ girls basketball history to surpass the mark. She needed a little more than two seasons to reach the milestone.

Worth noting

Bouncing back: Johnsburg senior point guard Maddie Himpelmann has proven to be a difference maker for the Skyhawks during their solid start to the season.

Himpelmann, who had to sit out the second half of last season after partially tearing her ACL, is Johnsburg’s second-leading scorer (10 points a game) through the Skyhawks’ first three games. She is also leading them is assists (14), steals (17) and rebounds (16) while shooting 52 percent from the field. Her efforts helped the Skyhawks pull off upset wins against Lakes and Elk Grove for a 2-2 start to the season. In the Skyhawks’ 49-43 win against Lakes Himpelmann tallied eight steals.

Record performance: Crystal Lake Central senior guard Evelyn Youel put together a career-day in a 50-46 win over Larkin on Saturday in the Burlington Central Thanksgiving Tournament.

Youel grabbed 23 rebounds in the Tigers’ 50-46 win Saturday against Larkin. Tigers coach Paul Lichtenheld tweeted he believed Youel’s performance on the glass set a new program record for most rebounds in a single game.

Early-season growing pains: Nonconference games and holiday tournaments give teams opportunities to work out any kinks before division play begins.

For younger teams like Jacobs and McHenry, the D-C Thanksgiving Tournament has allowed the Golden Eagles and Warriors to get valuable playing time. Both teams have shown potential.

"They're playing hard and learning on the job," McHenry coach Scott Morris said. "Just taking care of the ball and rebounding on both ends – we could be better defensively."

This week’s games to watch

Dundee-Crown Thanksgiving Tournament

Streamwood versus Jacobs

5:30 p.m. Wednesday

In their final game of the Dundee-Crown Thanksgiving Tournament, the Golden Eagles look to build momentum before entering the holiday break. Jacobs has shown signs of improvement and look to pick up a win.

Hononegah versus Huntley

7 p.m. Wednesday

The Red Raiders close the D-C Tournament hosting a Hononegah team coming off a close win against Crystal Lake South. The Indians boast strong outside shooting while Huntley’s post presence could cause them problems.

Cary-Grove at Lake Zurich

7:30 p.m. Wednesday

The Trojans conclude the Lake Zurich Tournament by playing the host team. C-G enters the game with a 3-2 this season. Guard Katie Barker has been one of the area's leading scorers to start the season.

– Meghan Montemurros, mmontemurro@shawmedia.com

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