Girls Basketball: Dundee-Crown fends off HuntleyHuntely's Samantha Andrews (40) goes up against Dundee-Crown defender Emily Michalski (42) during their game at Dundee-Crown High School on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. | Kevin D. Sherman ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 3, 2012 9:56PM
It might be just four games in to the Fox Valley Conference season, but the stakes were high Tuesday as Dundee-Crown and Huntley met in a pivotal Valley Division showdown in Carpentersville.
Huntley made a valiant comeback in the second half, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Chargers held on for a 44-41 victory.
The first quarter Tuesday resembled two teams that were just coming off a holiday break. Shots weren’t falling and turnovers were plentiful for both squads. The Chargers (9-6, 4-0) were able to get things going in the second quarter when they outscored the Red Raiders 13-3.
Huntley (9-5, 3-1) shot just 17 percent in the first half and turned the ball over 12 times. The Chargers had nine turnovers, but shot 42 percent from the field.
“I was very pleased with how we played in the first half,” said Dundee-Crown coach Michelle Russell. “I told the girls at the half they couldn’t relax on a 13-point lead because Huntley is a really good team and would make a run.”
Huntley definitely responded in the second half. The Red Raiders outscored the Chargers 18-5 in the third quarter and took a two-point lead with 5:32 left in the fourth quarter. That would be it for Huntley, though, as the Chargers regained the lead and held on.
Dundee-Crown was led by Ali Sanders and Diamond Williams, who each scored 16 points. Williams provided a spark off the bench for the Chargers, adding 10 rebounds.
“I liked the fact that we played as a team in the second half,” said Huntley coach Steve Raethz. “We didn’t play well at all in the first half and seemed to not have any urgency. When you play a team like Dundee-Crown you need to play a full 32 minutes. We didn’t do that.”
Samantha Andrews had a monster game for Huntley. The sophomore had 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Red Raiders.