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Girls hoops insider: Huntley's Ali Andrews player of week

Kyle Grillot - kgrillot@shawmedia.com Cary-Grove junior Maddie Priester (right) puts up a shot under the defense of Huntley sophomore Ali Andrews during the second quarter of the girls basketball game Friday in Cary. Huntley beat Cary-Grove, 48-39. (Kyle Grillot)

Athlete of the Week

Ali Andrews

Huntley, so., forward

With Huntley looking to put some distance between second-place Prairie Ridge, Andrews delivered a big performance in the Red Raiders’ comeback Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win against the Wolves. The sophomore forward scored a game-high 22 points, including 19 in the second half. With the game tied in the third quarter, Andrews scored Huntley’s next 15 points. Andrews also scored a game-high 26 points in an FVC Valley win against Dundee-Crown and finished with 19 points in Huntley’s nonconference win Monday against Wheeling.

Noteworthy

Playoff seedings to be released: The Illinois High School Association will be releasing regional seeds at approximately 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Seeding will be important for two of the most competitive regionals –the Class 4A Cary-Grove regional, which features five area teams, and the Class 3A Richmond-Burton regional, which has six area teams. Both regionals are expected to feature tough games against familiar foes.

Chase set to return: Johnsburg was forced to play without one of its most consistent scoring threats Monday against Woodstock North.

Junior forward Trace Chase was unable to play after bruising her knee in practice on Saturday. Chase was attempting to split defenders when going toward the basket and hurt her knee in the process. Skyhawks coach Brad Frey said Chase was expected to be back on the court Tuesday.

Prolific scoring: Only a sophomore, Huntley’s Ali Andrews is on pace to hit a milestone and surpass 1,000 career points by the end of the season.

Through Tuesday, Andrews has scored 948 career points and is averaging 17.3 points per game through 20 games this season. Former Johnsburg standout and current Iowa Hawkeyes player Melissa Dixon is the only girls basketball player in McHenry County history to score 2,000 points in a career.

This week’s top games

Woodstock North at Crystal Lake Central

Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Both teams are looking to bounce back after tough losses on Monday and each have the outside shooting to make this a high-scoring game.

Cary-Grove at Crystal Lake South

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

With the playoffs looming, C-G and South are looking to build some momentum after experiencing some tough stretches during FVC Valley play.

Crystal Lake South at Huntley

Tuesday, 7 p.m.

The Gators could be the last roadblock for Huntley to finish the FVC Valley undefeated and win the division title outright.