High school girls basketball insider: Dundee-Crown's Payton Schmidt is Athlete of the Week

Payton Schmidt, Dundee-Crown
Payton Schmidt, Dundee-Crown

Athlete of the Week

Payton Schmidt

Dundee-Crown, jr., G

Schmidt scored 58 points in four games at D-C's 36th Charger-Komaromy Classic, leading the Chargers in scoring in three of four games. The 5-foot-6 guard also had 10 assists and was almost perfect from the free-throw line, hitting 24 of 26. She was 10 for 10 in the consolation championship game against Prospect.

Schmidt was one of two D-C players named to the all-tournament team, along with Katelyn Skibinski.

Northwest Herald Power Rankings

1. Dundee-Crown (13-5): The Chargers are back in the top spot after handing Hampshire a 46-39 loss in the consolation semifinals of D-C's Charger-Komaromy Classic. The hosts finished 2-2 and fell to Prospect, 67-61, in double overtime of the consolation final, getting 20 points from Schmidt and 19 points from Skibinski.

2. Hampshire (15-4): The Whip-Purs beat Barrington, 57-52, for 11th place at the Charger-Komaromy Classic behind 22 points from Kelby Bannerman and 20 points and four 3s from Morgan Haefling. Hampshire went 2-2 at the tournament and has won 14 of its past 16 overall.

3. Marian Central (8-10): The Hurricanes ran the table at the 16-team Northern Illinois Holiday Classic, beating McHenry, Woodstock North, Belvidere, Round Lake and Marengo on their way to the tournament title. Amber Reynolds had 16 points with four 3s in the championship game against Marengo.

4. Marengo (12-5): The Indians took second at the Northern Illinois Holiday Classic, winning their first four games before losing to Marian Central, 41-35, in the final. NCAA Division II Indianapolis commit Marissa Knobloch finished the tournament with 121 points for a 24.2 average.

5. Crystal Lake Central (11-3): The Tigers finished 4-1 at the Northern Illinois Holiday Classic, falling to Marengo, 53-36, in the semifinals and defeating Round Lake, 56-32, in the third-place game behind 22 points and four 3s from senior Maddie Haslow.

Worth noting

Sibling rivalry: Knobloch set school records for points (40) and 3-pointers (10) in an 84-45 win over Hoffman Estates at the Northern Illinois Holiday Classic. Her 10 3s beat her brother Zach's previous school record of nine.

Zach Knobloch ended his four-year high school career with the third most 3s in boys basketball history (380). Marissa Knobloch needed only two quarters to reach nine 3s in her record-setting performance, scoring 29 points by halftime.

"When the game started, I just kept shooting and didn't even realize how many I made," Marissa Knobloch said. "It's kind of been my goal every year. My sophomore year, I scored 37 points and missed a bunch of free throws. It was nice to finally beat my brother at something."

Not an easy decision: Marian Central's Janelle Allen, a 6-foot-1 junior, had nine D-I offers, but it wasn't until she found Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, that she felt at ease.

Allen, whose offers included Illinois State, Bradley, Alabama-Birmingham and St. Louis, said the process of choosing a school was difficult. She committed to Holy Cross before the start of the high school season.

"It was definitely rough. It was a struggle, and it was frustrating," Allen said. "I know I wanted to play at the next level, and I love it out there. The coaches are nice, and everything is beautiful."

Allen said she was looking to go out of state and preferred a smaller school.

"Coming from a private school my whole life, it was easier to choose Holy Cross," Allen said. "It's a smaller school, but that part stuck out to me. The coaches and everyone there went above and beyond for me."

What to watch

Johnsburg at Marengo, 7 p.m. Friday: Marengo and Johnsburg both need a win to keep up with Burlington Central (12-4, 5-0 KRC) in the Kishwaukee River Conference race.

Hampshire at Burlington Central, 5 p.m. Saturday: Hampshire faces another tough test against Burlington, which already has wins over Prairie Ridge, Richmond-Burton, Marengo, Woodstock, Johnsburg and Harvard this season. D-C beat Burlington, 53-43, on Dec. 20.

Dundee-Crown at Crystal Lake Central, 7 p.m. Tuesday: The Chargers are one of two teams (Hampshire) yet to lose in the Fox Valley Conference at 5-0. The Tigers trail the FVC co-leaders at 4-1.

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