Liz Alsot led McHenry to a historic season, as the Warriors became the first basketball team in school history – girls or boys – to win the Fox Valley Conference title since the FVC formed 40 years ago.
Alsot, who will continue her academic and basketball careers at NCAA Division II University of Indianapolis, averaged a double-double at 16.3 points and 12.2 rebounds and surpassed 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds during her senior season. The 6-foot forward finishes her four-year varsity career with 1,292 points and 1,098 rebounds, becoming the first area player to reach the pair of milestones since 2016 Huntley graduate and Illinois sophomore Ali Andrews.
Alsot grabbed an-area best 379 rebounds and shot 60.2 percent from the field for the Warriors, who won their first regional championship since 2004. McHenry finished with a program-record 28 victories, going 28-3 overall and 15-1 in the FVC.
For her accomplishments, Alsot was voted the 2018 Northwest Herald Girls Basketball Player of the Year, as chosen by the sports staff with input from area coaches. Marian Central’s Vannessa Garrelts and McHenry’s Aannah Interrante also were considered for the honor.
Alsot recently spoke with sports writer Alex Kantecki about winning the FVC, why Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is her favorite professional athlete, counting to 10 in Chinese and more.
What is your favorite thing about basketball?
Alsot: I love the competitiveness of it. I’m really competitive in everything I do, so that’s my favorite part.
What is your favorite professional sports team?
Alsot: Chicago Cubs
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Alsot: I hate when people chew with their mouths open. Or nails on a chalkboard. I can’t stand that.
Who is your hero?
Alsot: Probably my dad (Phil). He’s awesome. I love my dad. He does a lot for me, and he’s really supportive of me and my siblings.
What is one game this season that sticks out in your memory?
Alsot: Winning the conference championship on a Saturday morning because it was the first time ever at McHenry for girls or boys, cutting down the nets for the first time. That was really cool.
What’s your favorite class in high school?
Which teammate inspires you?
Alsot: Probably (senior) Gloria (Wence). She has it all together. She knows what’s going on all of the time, in every aspect of life. I respect her a lot.
Which teammate makes you laugh the most?
Alsot: Avalon (Henderson)
What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you?
Alsot: I can count to 10 in Chinese. Another one is I used to water ski on the Wonder Lake Ski Team, when I was 8 until I was 15. I had to stop because of basketball.
What are three of your favorite TV shows?
Alsot: “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Shameless” and “The Office”
What is something that scares you?
Alsot: The dark. I hate going down into my basement when I’m home alone because it’s pitch black.
What is a sport you are bad at?
Alsot: Baseball or softball. I’m horrible. I used to play T-ball on the same team as my brother. I was so bad at it, I just did cartwheels in the outfield.
Do you have any nicknames?
Who is your favorite professional athlete?
Alsot: I’m going to have to go with a Cubs once again. Anthony Rizzo. He’s really awesome with all the stuff he does for childhood cancer ... and he’s got a pretty cool number (No. 44, same as Alsot at McHenry), too.
What musical act would you most like to see in concert this summer?
Alsot: I really like country, so Brett Eldredge. Maybe like Country Thunder. That would be fun.
Where would you most like to go on a vacation?
Alsot: Greece. It’s so pretty. Every time I see pictures, I just feel it’s really pretty. I would really like to go there one day.
What was your favorite Disney movie growing up?
Alsot: “The Little Mermaid”
You just won a million dollars. What’s the first thing you would buy?
Alsot: Probably a pool, like a really awesome infinity pool. I love summer.
What would you change about basketball?
Alsot: Maybe make the games longer. They can be kind of short sometimes.
If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three things would you bring with you?
Alsot: Water, food and clothes ... the basic ones.
What will you remember most about McHenry?
Alsot: Definitely the people. Winning conference was super cool, but winning can happen every year. The quality of the people on the team, that doesn’t happen every year.
What are you looking forward to most at the University of Indianapolis?
Alsot: The new people and the game. Being able to play college basketball four more years. It’s really awesome. I’m excited to play with (Cary-Grove’s) Katie (Sowa) again. We played together for Illinois Elite last spring. And Emma Benoit from Hampshire transferred there ... so that’s cool.