Huntley Red Raiders
Last year: 26-8 (10-2 FVC Valley)
Coach: Steve Raethz (15th year, 219-185)
Top returnees: Seniors Sam Andrews (6-0 F), Bethany Zornow (Sr. G), Rachel Zobott (5-9 F); junior Jessica Brock (5-5 G); sophomores Ali Andrews (6-2 F), Kayla Barreto (5-2 G).
Top newcomers: Juniors Katie Costantino (5-5 G), Kelli Rubino (5-8 G), Margaret Miller (6-0 F), Megan Larson (5-10 F); sophomore Paige Renkosik (5-8 G); freshmen Abbey Brown (5-6 G), Morgan Clausen (6-0 F).
Outlook: After an unexpected run to the Class 4A Final Four last year, expectations are high again at Huntley, as they should be. The Andrews sisters present possibly one of the toughest 1-2 matchups in the area. Sam Andrews, a Truman State recruit who averaged 15.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 52 3-pointers last season, is now a senior and will be looked to, along with Zornow and Zobott, to lead the team. Sam's sophomore sister Ali (15.7 ppg. 7.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.5 bpg) is one of the more versatile 6-2 players in the Chicago area. And, Barreto returns with a full year of running the point under her belt. "We are looking forward to building off the success from last season," said Raethz. "We return a solid core group of players and we have 4 of 5 starters returning with a nice mix of newcomers." Huntley has never won a girls basketball conference championship since joining the FVC, and that's the team's first goal. "We are looking forward to contending for a conference title," said Raethz, noting that four-time defending champ Cary-Grove as well as Crystal Lake South are also in that fight again. "We're really excited to get started and get going." The Red Raiders have also toughened up their schedule, playing in the tough Montini Christmas tournament, as well as a Dec. 13 date in Chicago against Whitney Young in the City/Suburban Showcase.