Inside Girls Basketball: Prairie Ridge's Sarah Le Beau Athlete of the Week

Athlete of the Week

Sarah Le Beau

Prairie Ridge, sr., guard

Le Beau was named to the all-tournament team after the Wolves finished sixth in the Mundelein Tournament. The senior guard averaged 14.5 points for the Wolves and made 12 3-pointers during the tournament, including five against Vernon Hills.

Noteworthy

Hampshire searches for consistency: First-year Hampshire coach Mike Featherly is hoping the new year brings an offense that can score consistently.

Although the Whip-Purs have found a groove defensively, surrendering an average of 43 points a game, the offense continues to struggle. Given the talent and experience Hampshire returned this season, the Whip-Purs’ offensive woes have been somewhat of a surprise. Featherly said some of the offensive issues stem from the team trying to adjust to a new offense.

“I think definitely some of it is from the learning curve,” Featherly said. “I’m asking them to do a lot more of reading the defense and things like that, stuff that I don’t think they’re used to. … We’re getting good looks, we’re just not executing as good as we should.”

Conference play ready to resume: After a long layoff for most teams because of the holidays, Fox Valley Conference and Big Northern Conference play continues beginning at the end of this week.

While some teams such as Cary-Grove, Prairie Ridge, Huntley and Hampshire participated in Christmas tournaments, many teams are in the midst of a stretch littered with practices and few to no games. The FVC Fox Division and BNC East schedule resumes Friday, while the FVC Valley restarts Jan. 8.

This week’s top games

Richmond-Burton at Burlington Central

7 p.m. Friday

R-B faces a tough road test against Burlington Central, a young but talented team that features plenty of scorers.

Woodstock at Johnsburg

7 p.m. Friday

With Woodstock and Johnsburg jammed in the middle of the FVC Fox standings, each team could use a win to move closer to the top of the division.

Crystal Lake Central at Prairie Ridge

7 p.m. Monday

In an FVC crossover game, Central will have to contain the combination of Sarah Le Beau and Maddie Drain, while the Wolves will have to find a way to stop Evelyn Youel and contain Kelsey Schmitt on the perimeter.

– Meghan Montemurro

mmontemurro@shawmedia.com