Athlete of the week
CL South, forward, jr.
Mickow can do it all on the court for the Gators, as she did in South’s 55-42 win Tuesday at Woodstock North, scoring 18 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.
The 5-foot-11 forward has produced double-double numbers in each of the Gators’ first six games, averaging more than 15 points and 15 rebounds a game to lead South.
Wolves prepare for tough week: The upcoming week will go a long way in determining whether Prairie Ridge is a legitimate contender for the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division title. While the Wolves are off to a great start, at 4-1 under coach Rob Baker, they play four games within a seven-day stretch beginning Friday at Woodstock.
“Our defensive intensity has been incredible,” Baker said. “We haven’t let up defensively at all. We’ve played physical, we’ve played tough and that’s what we’re trying to instill in the kids.”
Prairie Ridge’s two biggest obstacles in the FVC Valley, Cary-Grove and Huntley, are on tap next week. The Wolves face the Trojans at home on Tuesday, a team they haven’t beaten in more than a decade. They won’t have much time to rebound from what should be a tightly contested game as the Wolves host Huntley next Thursday.
“We have an opportunity to be a good team,” Baker said. “We have enough skill players, and we have enough experienced players to compete with anybody including Cary-Grove. They’re obviously the best, Cary-Grove and Huntley, are the two teams. They’ve proven to be the best over the years so until we beat them they’re still the best. We definitely have the capabilities to play with those teams.”
C-G’s Barker still sidelined: The Trojans have been forced to play without sophomore guard/forward Katie Barker after the meniscus in her right knee was repaired.
One of C-G’s three captains, Barker has been able to run around and shoot however she is not expected to return to the starting lineup until around Christmas, coach Rod Saffert said.
This week's top games
Huntley at CL Central
7 p.m. Thursday
The Red Raiders travel to Crystal Lake Central to take on an unbeaten Tigers squad coming off a last-second victory. Huntley is also off to a great start and features two of the area’s best scorers, forward Sam Andrews and guard/forward Haley Ream.
Cary-Grove at Prairie Ridge
7 p.m. Tuesday
Prairie Ridge has started the season 4-1 but won’t be satisfied without a win against their rival and one of the FVC Valley Division favorites, Cary-Grove. The Wolves are searching for their first win against the Trojans in more than 11 years.
– Meghan Montemurro, firstname.lastname@example.org