Athlete of the Week
Katie Sowa, Cary-Grove, sr., G-F
Sowa and the Trojans (11-7 overall, 5-3 FVC) jumped back over .500 in the Fox Valley Conference with victories against Crystal Lake South, 45-38, and Prairie Ridge, 54-48.
Sowa was the leading scorer for C-G in both conference wins. The senior scored 17 points and made two 3s against South, and tossed in 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and six steals against Prairie Ridge.
Sowa is averaging a team-best 14.4 points to go with 5.5 rebounds a game, and also leads her team in steals (40). She now has 1,160 career points for the Trojans, the fourth most in team history, and recently passed Amy Kaplan (1,117) and Katie Barker (1,092) on the all-time list.
Warrior tough: With its 14th straight win, McHenry is closing in on the program's best season since the team won 21 games in 2010-11 under Scott Morris, now an assistant at Cary-Grove.
McHenry's only blemish so far this year was a 58-54 overtime loss to Burlington Central in the Burlington Central Thanksgiving Tournament championship. Senior Aannah Interrante, who is averaging 18 points a game for the Warriors, didn't play in that game because of an injury.
McHenry's next FVC win will be its eighth this season, which would match last year's team that finished 8-8 in conference play. The Warriors already have more victories than last season (15-13).
100th win: Woodstock North recorded the 100th win in program history Saturday with a 47-35 win over Hinckley-Big Rock in a nonconference game at North.
North opened in 2009 and the Thunder went 7-21 in its first year competing in the FVC. The Thunder's best seasons came in 2011-12 and 2012-13, when North went a combined 34-25.
In eight-plus seasons, North is 100-153 under head coach Mike Lewis. The program is still searching for its first regional title.
Competing: Things are starting to get crowded in the FVC after 7-0 McHenry. Dundee-Crown, Cary-Grove and Jacobs each have three losses in conference play, while Crystal Lake Central and Prairie Ridge have four losses apiece.
Huntley picked up its first two wins, beating Prairie Ridge and Crystal Lake South on back-to-back nights. The Raiders then fell by three points to upstart Crystal Lake Central on Tuesday.
Jacobs, which is 6-9 overall, has wins against Huntley, Cary-Grove, Prairie Ridge and Dundee-Crown.
Hampshire coach Mike Featherly isn't surprised by the high level of competition and close games being played throughout the nine-team conference. Prior to a 42-30 loss to D-C, the Whip-Purs' last four FVC losses came by a combined 10 points.
"If you play hard, you’ve got a chance to win," Featherly said. "Like Huntley, they’re starting to get some wins now because they play incredibly hard on offense and defense. If you play hard, you're going to be in games. If a team to doesn’t play hard like we did tonight (against D-C), that’s what happens."
What to watch
Crystal Lake South at Marian Central
7 p.m. Friday
The Hurricanes and Gators will play for a much bigger cause as area teams rally together for "Shooting for a Cure for ALS." Marian Central is hosting the ALS fundraiser, starting at 5 p.m.
McHenry at Cary-Grove
1:30 p.m. Saturday
The Trojans will try and do what no other team in the FVC has done this year: beat McHenry.