Athlete of the Week
Andrews certainly hasn’t been playing like a freshman. The 6-foot-2 freshman averaged 20 points a game in the Red Raiders’ three wins the past week. Andrews scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Huntley in a Jan. 23 double-overtime, must-win game against Crystal Lake South. Andrews is averaging 16.4 points a game this season, second most in McHenry County.
Mickow sidelined: Crystal Lake South will need to get used to playing without its top scorer.
Junior forward Sara Mickow, who is averaging 13.2 points a game, was not in uniform for South’s 51-46 win Wednesday at McHenry. She wore a walking boot on her left foot after suffering an injury in the fourth quarter Saturday against Prairie Ridge. Mickow appeared to sprain her left ankle and had to be helped off the court.
Gators coach Kyle McCaughn described Mickow’s status as “up in the air” and declined to specify the extent or exact nature of her injury. At this point, it’s unknown when Mickow will return to the basketball court. South has two regular Fox Valley Conference Valley Division games remaining – Saturday at Dundee-Crown and Tuesday at home against Jacobs – with the playoffs scheduled to begin Feb. 13.
“We honestly don’t know when her return is,” McCaughn said. “We just don’t know.”
Leak forces change: During his 20-plus seasons coaching, McHenry coach Scott Morris never experience what he had Tuesday at Marian Central.
Halfway through the Warriors’ 52-45 win against Marian Central, the game was stopped because of a leak from the ceiling. It was first noticed during pre-game introductions, and throughout the first half, the husband of Hurricanes’ coach Jackie Budmayr kept wiping the floor whenever the ball went to the other end.
But right before halftime, a few players slipped on the slick court and the decision was made to play the rest of the game on Marian’s older court next door.
“It was a little bit different,” Morris said. “We only had a two-minute halftime because they had 10 minutes in between to set it up. It seemed to help both teams. I think playing in the old gym was kind of fun.”
Games to watch
Marengo at Richmond-Burton
7 p.m. Friday
Marengo, led by Jessica Villie, looks to avenge a December loss to the Rockets as both teams try to move up in the Big Northern Conference East Division standings with the regular season nearing its end.
Huntley at Cary-Grove
2:30 p.m. Saturday
The Fox Valley Conference Valley Division title will be decided in the teams’ final conference game of the season. Huntley and C-G are tied atop the Valley Division with one loss apiece. The Trojans won their previous meeting three weeks ago by 10 points.
– Meghan Montemurro