Athlete of the Week
Maddie Jannusch, Cary-Grove, sr., F
Jannusch had a season-high 24 points and nine rebounds on Friday to lead the Trojans past Prairie Ridge, 53-43, in their Fox Valley Conference game.
The 5-foot-10 senior added 12 points with nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals in a 63-26 win over Jacobs. She had 12 points and 10 rebounds in a 52-45 loss to St. Charles North on Monday.
Jannusch shot 67.7 percent (21 of 31) from the field in those three games.
Northwest Herald Power Rankings
1. Hampshire (19-5): The Whip-Purs beat Dundee-Crown, 40-30, but suffered their first FVC loss against McHenry, 47-43, falling back into a first-place tie with Dundee-Crown.
2. Dundee-Crown (16-6): The Chargers lost to Hampshire and got by Huntley, 34-26, after trailing the Red Raiders by eight points at halftime. D-C and Hampshire are both 8-1 in the FVC.
3. Marengo (17-5): The Indians are the hottest team in the Northwest Herald coverage area with 11 wins over their past 12 games. Marengo was 3-0 last week with wins against Genoa-Kingston, Harvard and Belvidere, holding them to an average of 22.6 points a game.
4. McHenry (15-8): The defending FVC champions beat Crystal Lake Central, 68-59, and Hampshire, 47-43, to keep their conference title hopes alive, improving to 6-3 in FVC play. Sophomore Ashley Wachter led the Warriors in scoring in both games.
5. Crystal Lake Central (13-5): The Tigers lost to McHenry and beat Jacobs, 55-28, moving to 6-3 in the FVC, tied with McHenry for third place. Senior Maddie Haslow finished with 22 points, eight steals and six rebounds against Jacobs.
Twinning:Megan Madsen joined her twin sister, Morgan, as the latest member of the 1,000-point club for Johnsburg, surpassing 1,000 points in a 76-66 loss to Wilmot (Wis.) on Saturday and becoming the ninth Skyhawks player in program history to reach the milestone.
She's already the sixth local player this season to go over 1,000 career points.
Putting it together: McHenry, the defending conference champion, battled through some tough injuries earlier this year, most notably to junior point guard Ava Interrante, who was out 11 games, and starting guard Jamie Howie, but things are starting to look up for the Warriors.
Since a 9-7 start, McHenry has won six of seven games and put itself in position for another run at the FVC title with a win over Hampshire on Monday.
Both Interrante and Howie have since returned.
"I told them, you've got to get people believing that McHenry is still pretty (darn) good, and I think we are," Warriors coach Rob Niemic said. "Hampshire is very good. I was just super proud of our defense today. I was really proud of how we guarded. We really sold out today."
Doubling down: Woodstock junior Erin Lockwood is nearly averaging a double-double over her last five games for the Blue Streaks. In those five games, the 6-foot-2 forward has hit 54 percent of her shots, averaging 13 points and 9.2 rebounds.
Woodstock is 4-18 and 2-7 in the KRC under first-year coach Collin Kalamatas.
What to watch
Marengo at Burlington Central, 5:45 p.m.. Friday: The Indians still have KRC title aspirations, making this a must-win for Marengo. The Rockets (15-5, 8-0) are undefeated in conference play and can move closer to their second straight KRC championship with a victory.
DeKalb Martin Luther King Tournament, Saturday and Monday: Johnsburg and Huntley are the two local teams at the tournament. Boylan, ranked fifth in Class 4A, beat Rock Island (No. 2) in last year's championship.