Huntley sophomore forward Ali Andrews led, and after the first quarter her team followed as the Red Raiders took on nonconference host Bartlett in girls basketball action Tuesday night.
The first quarter featured 8 turnovers from both teams and 6 lead changes, but Andrews' 9 points in the frame helped the Red Raiders to a 15-14 lead. After that, Huntley dominated the next two quarters on the way to a 61-44 win over the Hawks (3-3).
"We all just worked really hard," Andrews said. "When we got down, we knew we had to put our foot down the rest of the game. It was a good team win."
The Red Raiders (7-0) outscored Bartlett 16-6 in the second quarter for a 31-20 halftime lead, and Andrews went into the break with 18 points. She finished with a game-high 23 points, including 2 3-pointers, and she added 7 rebounds.
"She lit us up, I have to say," Hawks coach Denise Sarna said of Andrews. "She's a good player, and we talked about keying on her before the game. We need to defend better, and that's something we'll be working on."
The rest of Andrews' team started to light up the scoreboard in the second half. Sam Andrews, Ali's senior sister, was 7-for-7 from the free-throw line and scored 9 of her 13 points in the second half, and Kayla Barreto hit three buckets from behind the arc during Huntley's 24-point third quarter as the Red Raiders increased their advantage to 55-30.
Barreto added a fourth trey in the final frame to finish with 12 points, and that gave Huntley its largest lead at 59-31.
Along with the hot shooting, the Red Raiders had a strong night on the boards with an 18-11 advantage in the first half and a 32-23 advantage for the game. Sam Andrews had a game-high 9 rebounds which Bartlett's Kelly Harris (6 points) matched.
"I thought our kids did a really nice job not allowing them too many second-chance opportunities and cleaning up on the glass," Huntley coach Steve Raethz said.
Bethany Zornow added 6 points in the effort for Huntley.
Shelley Lyjack led the Hawks with 11 points, and Ally Giampapa finished with 9. Ashley Johnson scored all 7 of her points in the fourth quarter as Bartlett won the frame 14-6.