Dundee-Crown senior Allison Michalski has earned Daily Herald MVP distinction for her recent high school girls basketball performances.
Allison Michalski, Dundee-Crown: The Chargers won their first conference championship in 12 years by beating Hampshire and Jacobs last week, running their winning streak to 8 games and creating a 4-way tie with Cary-Grove, Hampshire and Huntley for first place. This 5-foot-11 senior led Dundee-Crown with 14 points and added 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks in a 49-44 win against Hampshire, then scored 11 of her game-high 16 points in the second half of a 38-35 win over Jacobs. Michalski totaled 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocked shots against Jacobs.
Diane Flade, Round Lake: The sweet-shooting sophomore guard is a player to watch the next couple of years. She helped the Panthers record back-to-back wins for just the second time this season. She poured in 21 points in a 50-47 win over Grant, hitting five 3-pointers and going 6 of 6 from the foul line. In the Panthers' previous game, she had 7 points to help her team outlast Marengo 47-46 in overtime.
Gina Miklasz, Hersey: The senior guard came up big in Hersey's biggest game of the year. Miklasz capped a big Hersey rally from a 9-point deficit with a 3-pointer that put the Huskies in front of Fremd 28-26 in the Mid-Suburban League championship game. She finished with a team-high 12 points (8 in the fourth quarter), 3 steals and 3 assists as Hersey won 36-33.
Sarah Struebing, WW South: The senior scored 22 points in a 51-37 win against Wheaton North, the Falcons' only DuPage Valley Conference loss. She also grabbed 5 rebounds. Struebing added 16 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds in a regular season-ending victory against Naperville North to earn a tie for second place in the DVC.