Created:Thursday, December 6, 2012 12:08 a.m.CDT
Updated:Thursday, December 6, 2012 12:28 a.m.CDT
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Inside Girls Basketball

Athlete of the Week

Sam Andrews

Huntley, jr.

Andrews has proved she can take over a game by dominating the post or stepping out to knock down outside shots. The 6-foot forward scored 24 points in a Fox Valley Conference crossover win at Crystal Lake Central to tie her career high. She also led the Red Raiders in scoring during Saturday’s nonconference game at Barrington with 12 points and posted another double-digit game in Tuesday’s FVC Valley win against McHenry.

Noteworthy

D-300 strike ramifications: Though the District-300 teachers strike was resolved Tuesday night, two girls basketball games were canceled: Jacobs at Dundee-Crown and Hampshire at Crystal Lake Central. The games are expected to be played at a later date.

No sporting events could be played with an ongoing strike, and coaches couldn’t have contact with athletes. Had the strike persisted, Jacobs, D-C and Hampshire wouldn’t be allowed to practice or participate in any games. That forced D-C athletic director Dick Storm to make preliminary calls to search for alternative schools that would be willing to host the Chargers’ annual Christmas tournament. Storm said he didn’t want to punish other participating schools if D-C was unable to play because of the strike. However, that is no longer a concern with the strike over.

Nicholson elevates game: Entering the season, everyone knew Cary-Grove senior forward Olivia Jakubicek would be one of its top scoring options.

But senior Joslyn Nicholson has asserted herself as one of the area’s top scorers after dedicating the offseason to improving her offensive game. Nicholson scored a game-high 17 points in the Trojans’ 47-29 win Tuesday at Prairie Ridge, and her ability to score off the dribble and away from the basket was especially impressive for a 5-foot-10 forward.

Teams haven’t had an answer for Nicholson’s turnaround jumper at the top of the free throw line, a move she said has improved dramatically since her freshman year.

“When I was a freshman, it was so hard to do it,” Nicholson said. “And then I just kept doing it and got personal training one-on-one. I was doing it more off the dribble, and once I was comfortable with it, I just kept doing it.”

This week’stop games

Huntley at Prairie Ridge,7 p.m. Friday

The Wolves face a quick turnaround after a tough loss against Cary-Grove as they take on one of top contenders for the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division title. Huntley boasts one of the best duos in the area in Sam and Ali Andrews.

Cary-Grove at Crystal Lake South, 7 p.m. Friday

Two of the area’s best forwards will be battling in the post as C-G’s Olivia Jakubicek and South’s Sara Mickow square off, which should also feature a great rebounding battle. Both have a knack for securing offensive rebounds.

Crystal Lake South at Crystal Lake Central, 3:30 p.m. Saturday

The crosstown rivals square off as Central hosts Hoops for Heroes. The Gators will be a tough matchup for an undersized Central front line.

Meghan Montemurro

mmontemurro@shawmedia.com