Created:Wednesday, December 19, 2012 11:57 p.m.CDT


Athlete of the Week

Jessica Villie

Marengo, sr. forward

Villie checked off a career milestone Saturday against Grayslake North at the Northern Illinois Holiday Classic. The forward scored her 1,000th career point, finishing with 11 in the game. Villie is averaging 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3.5 steals a game for the Indians.


Career moment: Jessica Villie has had her sight set on 1,000 career points ever since she first stepped onto the basketball court at Marengo.

Villie became the first player to score 1,000 points for Marengo in nine years after tallying 11 points Saturday against Grayslake North.

“I’m incredibly impressed just from the standpoint of she’s a kid that we rely on game in and game out to put points on the board,” Marengo coach Nick Rode said. “She finds a way whether that’s pulling in offensive rebounds and putting the ball back in, finding a lane to drive to the hoop, knocking down free throws – she’s done that since she’s been on varsity.

Villie, who has spent the last three years on varsity as well as part of her freshman year, said reaching the milestone was “surreal” and hasn’t truly sunk in yet. The game was stopped after Villie scored her 1,000th point as the announcer recognized her accomplishment as she stood at half court. Villie received the game ball afterwards.

“When I finally accomplished it, I’m still in shock,” Villie said. “I’m still in shock and it’s really special to me. I’ve wanted it for so long. … I’m still in awe.”

Villie knew she was approaching the mark and asked her mom to let her know when she was within 30 points of the milestone. But she quickly realized she would reach 1,000 points during the weekend at the Northern Illinois Holiday Classic, though was unsure how many points she exactly needed.

Villie credited Rode and her AAU coach from freshman through junior year, Marty Dello, for helping develop her game and take it to another level.

“Ultimately I couldn’t have done any of it without my teammates,” Villie said. “Everything with them trying to get me the ball to score, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without their support.”

Avonts working back from hard fall: McHenry coach Scott Morris is making sure to monitor senior center Brittany Avonts’ minutes.

In a scary moment, Avonts landed hard on her tailbone during the first quarter of the Warriors’ game at Jacobs on Dec. 11. Avonts pinched a nerve in her right leg because of the fall and now her back becomes agitated whenever she plays. Avonts said she isn’t concerned her back problem will linger the entire season and just has to take it slow.

Morris sat Avonts during McHenry’s game against Harvard at the Northern Illinois Holiday Classic Saturday morning, but she returned to the lineup that night against Lakes to lead the Warriors with 13 points.

This week’s top games

Woodstock North vs.

Grayslake North

7:30 p.m. today

The Thunder and Knights meet in the championship bracket of the Northern Illinois Holiday Classic. The winner advances to Friday’s title game.

Richmond-Burton vs. Marengo

7:30 p.m. today

The Big Northern Conference East Division foes meet at the Northern Illinois Holiday Classic. The Rockets are trying to bounce back from a tough loss at Burlington Central and will have to contain Marengo’s Jessica Villie.

– Meghan Montemurro,