Northwest Herald Athlete of the Week
Marissa Knobloch, Marengo, jr., G
The 5-foot-7 guard scored a game-high 25 points on 7-of-15 shooting with two 3-pointers, eight rebounds and three assists in the Indians' 53-41 Kishwaukee River Conference win over Johnsburg. The win propelled Marengo over the Skyhawks for second place in the KRC.
Knobloch added 14 points and six rebounds in a 50-31 KRC win over Richmond-Burton. In the two games combined, she went 14 of 15 from the free-throw line.
On the season, Knobloch is averaging a team-high 16.6 points a game with 63 3-pointers. She has knocked down 74-of-91 free throws, or 81 percent.
Road block: Hampshire is playing some of its best basketball with a 9-3 record since Dec. 27. After finishing the regular season Friday against McHenry, the Whip-Purs get to host their own regional, but the path isn't easy.
Hampshire, a sixth seed, faces No. 4 Harlem in the second regional semifinal on Tuesday.
If the Whips get past the Huskies (20-8), Hampshire would likely have to face No. 1 seed Boylan (26-0) – which plays No. 9 Huntley (7-20) in the first semifinal – in the regional final on Thursday.
Boylan is ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press state rankings, going 57-2 since the start of last season.
Racking up points: Marian Central's Vannessa Garrelts became the program's single-season scoring leader Wednesday night with 13 points in a nonconference loss to Carmel.
Garrelts, who already is the program's career scoring leader with 1,528 points, surpassed Katie Sharp's single-season record of 504 points set in 2006-07. Garrelts has scored 511 points in 30 games and is averaging 17 points a game.
The Hurricanes (17-13), seeded third in the Woodstock North Sectional, start postseason play Tuesday with a Class 3A Chicago Northside Regional semifinal against the winner of No. 14 Woodstock North and No. 19 CISC Northtown Academy. Marian's last regional championship came five years ago.
Building a streak: Only two local teams will go into regional play next week with a string of two or more regional titles. Dundee-Crown owns three straight regionals in Class 4A and Johnsburg has two straight in Class 3A. The Skyhawks also won a sectional title two years ago.
Huntley won four straight 4A regionals from 2013 to 2016, and Cary-Grove won four straight 4A titles from 2010 to 2013. McHenry is looking for its first regional title since back-to-back AA titles in 2003 and 2004, while Marengo hasn't won a regional title since 2005.
What to watch
Class 4A South Elgin Regional
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
No. 2 Dundee-Crown is the regional's top seed and will play the winner of Monday's play-in game between No. 7 Jacobs and No. 10 Larkin in a regional semifinal Tuesday. D-C owns the area's longest regional title streak with three.
Cary-Grove, a No. 3 seed, could await the Chargers in Thursday's final.
Class 4A Prairie Ridge Regional
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
No. 1 McHenry, which owns a program record for wins in a season (25) looks to win its first regional championship since winning back-to-back AA titles in 2003 and 2004. No. 4 Prairie Ridge, No. 5 Crystal Lake Central and No. 8 Crystal Lake South look to knock off the Warriors.