Huntley's Nwogu picks up final MVP honor for 2019-20 season
Kamsi Nwogu of Huntley is this week's Daily Herald MVP for girls basketball. This is the final installment of players of the week for the 2019-20 season.
Kamsi Nwogu, Huntley: Of the Fox area schools who won regional championships last week, only Huntley was an underdog. The third-seeded Red Raiders upset No. 2 Hononegah 34-30 to win the Class 4A Rockford Guilford regional. This 5-foot-11 junior post, who went over 1,000 points last month, scored a game-high 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting with 2 steals in the hard-fought win, Huntley's 20th. Nwogu also led the Red Raiders with 16 points, 2 steals and 2 blocks in a regional semifinal win over Rockford Guilford.
Dylan Van Fleet, Maine West: Van Fleet did a terrific job leading the Warriors to the Class 4A Niles West regional title. She had 22 points and 4 assists in the 83-23 semifinal win over Von Steuben and came back with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 steals and 5 assists in the 60-32 title-game triumph over Niles West.
Sara Balli, Lake Park: The sophomore point guard picked the right time to lift her game to the next level, helping the Lancers win a Class 4A regional championship. She scored 20 points in a semifinal rout of St. Charles East, then added 17 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals in the final, a 67-59 victory vs. Bartlett.
Grace Koepke, Vernon Hills: The Cougars boast a history of high-level post players, and the 6-foot-3 freshman might be the next one. Coach Paul Brettner says she came on as the season went along, and she gave evidence of that in Vernon Hills' final two games. She had a team-high 16 points and 4 blocks in the regional semifinals against Fenton and scored a team-best 13 points in an overtime loss to St. Viator in the final.