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High school girls basketball insider: McHenry's Izzy Gscheidle is Athlete of the Week; power rankings

Izzy Gscheidle, McHenry
Izzy Gscheidle, McHenry

Athlete of the Week

Izzy Gscheidle, McHenry, sr., G

Gscheidle, who is averaging 14 points a game, helped lead the Warriors to a perfect week with 39 points in three wins.

The four-year varsity player posted a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 66-52 victory over Cary-Grove in Fox Valley Conference play and added 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks in a 36-25 FVC win over Huntley.

Northwest Herald Power Rankings

1. Hampshire (24-5): The Whip-Purs defeated Cary-Grove, 43-27, in their only game last week. Hampshire is allowing only 38 points a game, and its 24 wins are the most for the program since 2011 (27-3).

2. Dundee-Crown (21-7): The Chargers beat Crystal Lake South, 47-28, and Jacobs, 40-30, to stay tied with Hampshire for the FVC lead at 13-1.

3. Marengo (21-6): The Indians defeated Richmond-Burton, 55-35, and lost to Sycamore, 60-41. Marengo can match last season's win total with its next win. A win over Woodstock on Thursday guarantees the Indians at least a share of the Kishwaukee River Conference title.

4. McHenry (20-9): The Warriors went 3-0 last week with wins against Cary-Grove, Johnsburg and Huntley.

5. Johnsburg (16-11): The Skyhawks beat Woodstock North, 58-44, claiming third place in the KRC for the second year in a row.

Worth noting

Gut punch: Marengo lost the area's top scorer, senior guard Marissa Knobloch, to a knee injury in the fourth quarter Friday against Richmond-Burton. She did not play Saturday in a loss to Sycamore and will be out for Thursday's KRC finale against Woodstock, Indians coach Nick Rode said.

The injury happened on senior night as Knobloch made a drive to the basket and moments before Rode was going to remove his seniors. Knobloch is committed to Division II Indianapolis.

"It was a punch to the gut," Rode said. "There was probably about 5:50 left in the fourth, and I was going to have a full round of subs for our seniors to get an ovation. I was thinking to have them play half the fourth and get them all off at once."

The Indians already were playing without junior forward Jordan Parker, another All-KRC member from last season, who has been out with a concussion. Rode said Parker likely will return Thursday.

The Indians earned a No. 2 seed in the postseason and will meet the winner between No. 13 Woodstock and No. 18 Chicago CICS/Northtown at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a Class 3A Woodstock Regional semifinal.

Marengo beat top-seeded Burlington Central last year for the school's first regional title since 2005.

Turning it on: Before a 35-26 loss to McHenry, Huntley had won five in a row and four straight in the FVC, bringing the team's record to .500 in conference play. McHenry was averaging more than 55 points a game entering Monday and had scored 60-plus points in three out of its last four games.

Red Raiders coach Steve Raethz likes the direction of his team heading into the postseason.

"We have two really tough conference games to finish off the season, and we'd really love to continue this stretch of playing at a high level on the defensive end," said Raethz, in his 20th season at Huntley.

"Hopefully, we can use these last three weeks as a springboard heading into the postseason in terms of our effort and energy. I really like how we're playing down the stretch. They're battling."

Twenty is plenty: Hampshire (24), D-C (21), Marengo (21) and McHenry (20) all have 20 wins, which is two more teams from the area than a year ago, when Marengo and McHenry both reached the mark.

Hampshire reached 20 victories for the first time since 2016 while D-C has 20 wins for the first time since 2003. The Chargers averaged 17 wins over the past four seasons, including 19 last season.

Marengo reached 20 wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1998 and 1999. McHenry has 20 wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2003 and 2004.

What to watch

Marengo at Woodstock, 7 p.m. Thursday: The Indians can earn their first KRC championship with a win over the Blue Streaks. Marengo beat Woodstock, 69-38, in their first meeting Dec. 18. Burlington Central, which travels to Woodstock North on Thursday, and Marengo are tied for first at 10-1 in the KRC.

Dundee-Crown at Hampshire, 7 p.m. Friday: The winner of the FVC will be decided in the regular-season finale. The conference co-leaders last shared the FVC title in 2017 in a four-way tie with Huntley and Cary-Grove.

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