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Prep Girls Basketball Insider: Fifty-one pickup

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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(Sandy Bressner - sbressner@shawmedia.com)
St. Charles East’s Hannah Nowling (33) has emerged in the frontcourt along with junior Chloe John after the Saints lost senior point guard Amanda Hilton for the rest of the season with a fractured kneecap.

The buzz runneth over from Liza Fruendt's 51-point effort in Friday's key Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory at Geneva.

On Monday, it spread eastward as the Bulldogs played a McDonald's Shootout matinee against Joliet Catholic at Willowbrook.

Fruendt certainly spread her profile with the Geneva game, but with the Vikings looming as possible opponents at next month's 4A Batavia Regional, she won't be going too far in her rivals' minds.

"I feel like we're going to have to box-and-one on her," Geneva senior guard Morgan Seberger said. "Liza's a good player, you know. I've played with her, I know how she plays. She wants it, and she goes in and gets after it. It's incredible for her to get 51 points. I'm just hoping, you know, we can have one of our teammates get a good 51-point game."

Geneva tried double-teams against Fruendt down the stretch. Her quickness and range added up.

"She's a good player, but for her [Friday] night, the hoop was the size of a pool," Geneva coach Sarah Meadows said. "I mean, everything she shot went in. She's shooting at the 10-foot line and it's going in. That's hard."

Fruendt and her teammates said they didn't realize how many points Fruendt had scored until Bulldogs coach Kevin Jensen happily gave the report in the locker room after the game.

Over the weekend, former Batavia boys star Corey Williams confirmed via social media that his career high was 49 points, giving Fruend the school's all-time, single-game scoring high.

"Everybody was adamant that night that he had a game of 56," Jensen said. "I know he had one that was up there. The thing is, he probably sat in the fourth quarter, because he was so good."

Williams played collegiately at Arizona and currently is a television analyst for men's games.

BC boosts resume

Fellow McDonald's participant Burlington Central lost to Fremd, 55-35, in the finale of Saturday's session.

Central, 15-4, entering the week, has fallen to a Class 4A foe in each of its losses, and hopes its rugged resume helps push it to more success in the 3A postseason. BC was a supersectional qualifier in 2012-13.

"It appeared to me we felt comfortable, most of the girls. I think some girls were nervous, and it showed," Rockets coach Mark Smith said. "I just think that we want to get experience like this, and hopefully it will help us in a sectional, regional, whatever. They're good, and what are you going to do?"

Saint John

With dynamic senior point guard Amanda Hilton out for the season with a fractured kneecap, St. Charles East will look to all comers to fill the scoring void.

"We've got to find the baskets. We've got to find the points," Saints coach Lori Drumtra said.

The Saints could transition to a more inside-oriented attack, as junior Chloe John has emerged alongside senior Hannah Nowling in the frontcourt.

"Chloe's what I would just call a real solid player," Drumtra said. "She usually gets nice boards for us. She's got, actually, a pretty nice outside shot. She takes care of the ball. She doesn't try to do more than what she can do. She knows what she's good at and she does a really nice job with it."

IN THE GROOVE

Hannah Frazier

Batavia, So., F

What she did: Frazier scored a career-high 25 points and added 15 rebounds in Monday's McDonald's Shootout loss to unbeaten Joliet Catholic. "She's a very good basketball player, first and foremost," Bulldogs coach Kevin Jensen said. "She's got size, she's got strength, she's a good athlete, she's a good shooter, she's got good hands."

Sam Pryor

Burlington Central, So., F

What she did: Helped BC remain unbeaten in the Big Northern Conference East. With time ticking down and the score tied against visiting Rockford Christian on Friday, Pryor corralled a rebound and was fouled at the buzzer. She hit a free throw with all zeroes showing on the scoreboard and the Rockets won, 35-34.

WHAT WE LEARNED LAST WEEK

St. Charles co-op gymnasts aren't the only ones doing the split. North bounced back from a loss in the first crosstown showdown of the season to defeat East, 63-54, on the road Saturday night. The North Stars will try to stretch their conference winning streak to three games when they visit Batavia on Friday.

WHAT WE'LL LEARN IN THE WEEK AHEAD

Whether Kaneland can turn the tables on Sycamore. The Knights will look to avenge a 50-37 loss to the longtime rival Spartans in December in the opener of a girls-boys doubleheader in Maple Park Friday night.

COACH SLY SAYS

It's hard to dish dirt when your jaw's on the floor.

This fox learned as much during the Friday of Fruendt. Fifty-one points, folks. Fifty-one. There's not much to say other than, "Wow."

We'll see how other teams look to play defense on Batavia's Liza Fruendt during the regular season stretch run. St. Charles North will get the most practice, as it's the only UEC River team that hasn't already seen the 'Dogs once.

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