Faces in the Crowd: January 25, 2016
Crystal, a 5' 6" senior point guard at Blackman High, scored a game-high 30 points in a 60–59 win over Oakland High. A member of the gold-medal-winning under-19 world championship team in 2015 and a two-time Gatorade player of the year in Tennessee, she led the Lady Blaze to a second straight 3A title last year. Crystal has committed to Connecticut.
Khalid, a 6' 4" 250-pound defensive end and a recent graduate of Harrison High in Farmington Hills, returned one fumble 78 yards and another for 14 yards and a score to help East beat the West 28–13 in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl; he was named MVP. Last season he had 56 tackles, 36 for loss and 16 sacks. Khalid will play for Notre Dame.
Cali, a 5' 5" freshman guard at Imani Christian Academy, a Class A school in Pittsburgh, scored 54 points in an 80–74 win over Class 4A Woodland Hills High. It was the fifth time she had gone for 50 or more in the Lady Saints' first 14 games. Cali was averaging 45.4 points at week's end, second best in the nation, with 6.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 4.2 steals.
Will, a senior at Iowa City West High, swept the 50- (20.79 seconds) and 100-yard freestyles (46.25) and had the field's best splits in the 200 and 400 free relays to lead the two-time defending state champions to the Linn-Mar Invite title. His 20.15 anchor leg in the 200 erased a 1.2-second deficit to beat the Wisconsin Division 2 state champs Monona Grove High.
El Defrawy, a senior co-captain at Trinity College, swept the clinching match—allowing just eight points—in a home-opening 7–2 victory over Dartmouth. A three-time New England Small College Athletic Conference player of the year, she was runner-up in the College Squash Association's A Division singles last season.
Rowe, a 5' 10" freshman guard at Connecticut College, hit back-to-back game-winners to help the Camels extend their victory streak to five. He made a layup with 16.1 seconds left in an 82–81 win over Middlebury, then buried a buzzer-beating 20-footer to beat City College of New York 77–75. Rowe was averaging 13.5 points and 3.8 assists through Sunday.