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Girls basketball insider: CLC's Schmitt player of week

Crystal Lake Central's Kelsey Schmitt
Crystal Lake Central's Kelsey Schmitt

Athlete of the Week

Kelsey Schmitt

Crystal Lake Central, sr., guard

Schmitt had the hot hand this week for the Tigers, leading Central to two key Fox Valley Conference Fox Division wins. The 5-foot-5 senior guard scored a game-high 19 points, including the go-ahead four-point play in Central’s win against Woodstock North. Schmitt also scored 20 points – with five 3-pointers – to lead all scorers in Saturday’s win against Woodstock.

Noteworthy

Tigers rolling: Crystal Lake Central, led by a senior trio of Evelyn Youel, Schmitt and Shannon Ellman, remains in hunt for the FVC Fox Division title.

Despite losing two of their first three division games to Grayslake Central and Grayslake North – which are the top two teams in the standings – the Tigers have won their past two games. In both wins against Woodstock North and Woodstock, the Central offense averaged 50.5 points while defensively surrendered 40.5 points.

“They've accepted the role since the get-go,” Central coach Paul Lichtenheld said of the seniors leading the way. "They've started to understand what it means. They were kind of expected to do a lot last year so this isn't their first rodeo. They're playing their senior year for a second year I kind of feel like."

Standout shooting: It would be wise to avoid fouling and sending Huntley to the free throw line.

The Red Raiders are shooting 76.7 percent as a team at the free-throw line, led by senior forward Sam Andrews, who is shooting 88.8 percent. Combined with teammates Ali Andrews and Kayla Barreto, both sophomores, the trio has shot 74 percent of Huntley’s 280 free throws entering Tuesday's games.

Prairie Ridge senior guard Sarah Le Beau is one of the area’s best 3-point shooters. She is shooting 47.2 percent on her 3-point attempts, making 42 of 89 shots beyond the arc.

Gators adjusting: Crystal Lake South may have the most in-shape starters by season’s end.

With injuries having taken a toll on the Gators, coach Kyle McCaughn has been relying on a six-man rotation and his starters have logged major minutes. Junior forward Lauren Gauger suffered a season-ending injury while the status of junior forward Carly Nolan remains up in the air.

This week’s top games

Huntley at Cary-Grove

Friday, 7 p.m.

In what has become one of the area’s best and most intense rivalries, the Red Raiders and Trojans meet for the first time this season.

Crystal Lake Central at Hampshire

Friday, 7 p.m.

The Whip-Purs are looking to avenge an earlier loss to the Tigers.

Woodstock North at Hampshire

Tuesday, 7 p.m.

The Thunder hit the road searching for their first FVC Fox win against a Hampshire team that can beat opponents in the paint or with its outside shooting.