Basketball

High school girls basketball: Huntley outlasts Hampshire in low-scoring affair

HUNTLEY – Huntley and Hampshire both struggled for big stretches Tuesday, combining to shoot 22.5 percent (18 of 80), magnifying the importance of each possession in the game's last moments.

The Red Raiders defense was up to the challenge, holding the Whip-Purs to one point over the last five minutes and eight seconds. Junior guard Raquel Radermacher chipped in seven of her 10 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3-pointer, and Huntley beat Hampshire, 33-27, in the teams' Fox Valley Conference game.

The Raiders (10-8, 6-3 FVC) played most of the fourth quarter without their top scorer, junior forward Kamsi Nwogu (team-high 12 points, six rebounds), who picked up her fourth foul on the first possession of the quarter.

Radermacher struggled from the field, too, hitting only 2 of 12 shots. But her second 3 with 5:22 remaining in the fourth gave the Raiders a 28-25 lead after a six-minute scoreless stretch.

"Today the 3s were a little rough, but I hit a couple of big ones because coach (Steve Raethz) and my team keep encouraging me to keep shooting," said Radermacher, who grabbed seven rebounds. "When Kamsi went out, we had to find different ways to score, and find a way to get our offense going. We just had to find a way."

Huntley made only one basket in the fourth quarter, on Radermacher's 3, but the Raiders' defense was equally frustrating on the Whips. Hampshire (10-10, 5-3) scored only two points after Radermacher's 3.

Hampshire's leading scorer, junior Kelby Bannerman, had a game-high 14 points – including a 7-0 run by herself to close the third quarter and cut the Raiders' lead to 23-21 – but none came easy. She finished 4 of 16 from the field and fouled out with 20.8 seconds left.

Faulkner, Nwogu and Sydney Novak all had turns defensively against Bannerman, but it was mostly Faulkner, a 5-foot-10 freshman, who matched up with the 6-foot-1 Bannerman in the final moments.

"I thought Carley's length was big," Raethz said. "She's long and she did a really nice job in the second half of using her length to defend Bannerman. She's such a good player, and she's so good at catching at the spots she wants to."

Faulkner ended with nine points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Raethz said she has been the team's most improved player this season. Faulkner and Radermacher contributed all 10 of Hampshire's points in the fourth quarter.

"Kamsi is our leading scorer, so we had to pick it up for her," said Faulkner, who tossed in 33 combined points in wins over Crystal Lake Central and Prairie Ridge going into Tuesday's game.

"We were trying to keep a positive mindset to get the win."

Only four players scored from each team. Ceili Ramirez added eight points and three assists for Hampshire, Alyssa Cork hit a 3, and Jessie Dumoulin added two free throws. Ashley Guazzo had two points for Huntley.

Things won't get any easier for the Whips, who play Dundee-Crown (14-3, 8-0) on the road at 6 p.m. Friday.

"In the first half, we got the shots we wanted," Whips coach Eric Samuelson. "We just missed them all. We missed a lot of layups. We've got (D-C) on Friday, and they play more physical than anybody in the conference. We better play tough."

STAR OF THE GAME

Carley Faulkner, Huntley, fr., G-F

Faulkner tallied nine points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for the Red Raiders.

THE NUMBER

4: Four players scored for each team.

AND ANOTHER THING …

Huntley has won three straight FVC games after a 45-38 loss to Burlington Central on Jan. 4.

Huntley 33, Hampshire 27

HAMPSHIRE (27)

Bannerman 4 4-5 14, Ramirez 3 2-4 8, Cork 1 0-0 3, 0 2-4 2. Totals: 8 8-13 27.

HUNTLEY (33)

Nwogu 5 2-3 12, Radermacher 2 4-6 10, Faulkner 2 5-11 9, Guazzo 1 0-0 2. Totals: 10 11-20 33.

Hampshire 5 9 7 6 – 27

Huntley 4 12 7 10 – 33

3-point goals: Hampshire 3 (Bannerman 2, Cork), Huntley 2 (Radermacher 2). Total fouls: Hampshire 17, Huntley 16. Fouled out: Bannerman (Hamp).

STAR OF THE GAME

Carley Faulkner, fr., G-F

Faulkner tallied nine points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for the Red Raiders.

THE NUMBER

4: Four players scored for each team.

AND ANOTHER THING …

Huntley has won three straight FVC games after a 45-38 loss to Burlington Central on Jan. 4.

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