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Boylan's second half does in Huntley
  • Huntley’s Samantha Andrews wipes away tears while sitting between teammates Kelli Rubino, left, and Rachel Zobott after the Red Raiders’ loss to Rockford Boylan in the Class 4A sectional championship at Crystal Lake South High School Thursday.

    Purchase Photo | Huntley’s Samantha Andrews wipes away tears while sitting between teammates Kelli Rubino, left, and Rachel Zobott after the Red Raiders’ loss to Rockford Boylan in the Class 4A sectional championship at Crystal Lake South High School Thursday. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley’s Ali Andrews shoots over a block by Rockford Boylan’s Allie Zimmerman, left, and Emily Crouch in the second quarter of the Class 4A sectional championship at Crystal Lake South Thursday.

    Purchase Photo | Huntley’s Ali Andrews shoots over a block by Rockford Boylan’s Allie Zimmerman, left, and Emily Crouch in the second quarter of the Class 4A sectional championship at Crystal Lake South Thursday. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley’s Samantha Andrews maneuvers around a block by Rockford Boylan’s Allie Zimmerman in second quarter of the Class 4A sectional championship at Crystal Lake South Thursday.

    Purchase Photo | Huntley’s Samantha Andrews maneuvers around a block by Rockford Boylan’s Allie Zimmerman in second quarter of the Class 4A sectional championship at Crystal Lake South Thursday. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley’s Ali Andrews and Rockford Boylan’s Emily Crouch race for a loose ball in the fourth quarter of the Class 4A sectional championship at Crystal Lake South on Thursday.

    Purchase Photo | Huntley’s Ali Andrews and Rockford Boylan’s Emily Crouch race for a loose ball in the fourth quarter of the Class 4A sectional championship at Crystal Lake South on Thursday. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley’s Bethany Zornow looks to shoot over a block by Rockford Boylan’s Allie Zimmerman in the fourth quarter of the Class 4A sectional championship at Crystal Lake South High School in Crystal Lake on Thursday, February 27.

    Purchase Photo | Huntley’s Bethany Zornow looks to shoot over a block by Rockford Boylan’s Allie Zimmerman in the fourth quarter of the Class 4A sectional championship at Crystal Lake South High School in Crystal Lake on Thursday, February 27. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley’s Kayla Barreto shoots over a block by Rockford Boylan’s Allie Zimmerman in the third quarter of the Class 4A sectional championship at Crystal Lake South Thursday.

    Purchase Photo | Huntley’s Kayla Barreto shoots over a block by Rockford Boylan’s Allie Zimmerman in the third quarter of the Class 4A sectional championship at Crystal Lake South Thursday. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley’s Ali Andrews, center, tumbles to the floor with Rockford Boylan’s Amanda Black, left, and Halle Stull, right, in the second quarter of the Class 4A sectional championship at Crystal Lake South Thursday.

    Purchase Photo | Huntley’s Ali Andrews, center, tumbles to the floor with Rockford Boylan’s Amanda Black, left, and Halle Stull, right, in the second quarter of the Class 4A sectional championship at Crystal Lake South Thursday. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley’s Ali Andrews is comforted by teammates as she comes off the court in the final seconds of the Class 4A sectional championship game at Crystal Lake South Thursday.

    Purchase Photo | Huntley’s Ali Andrews is comforted by teammates as she comes off the court in the final seconds of the Class 4A sectional championship game at Crystal Lake South Thursday. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley’s Bethany Zornow shoots over a block by Rockford Boylan’s Jensen Blassage in the third quarter of the Class 4A sectional championship at Crystal Lake South Thursday.

    Purchase Photo | Huntley’s Bethany Zornow shoots over a block by Rockford Boylan’s Jensen Blassage in the third quarter of the Class 4A sectional championship at Crystal Lake South Thursday. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Dave Hess

Most coaches believe the start of third quarter is crucial to victory.

That was certainly the case Thursday night in Crystal Lake.

Nursing a slim 18-14 lead at halftime, Rockford Boylan's girls basketball team outscored Huntley 15-3 to start the second half, which propelled the Titans to a 54-39 win over the Red Raiders in the championship game of the Class 4A Crystal Lake South sectional.

The Titans (27-4) advance to the Class 4A Judson University supersectional to play Geneva Monday at 7 p.m. Geneva defeated rival Batavia 48-24 in the title game of the Addison Trail sectional Thursday.

Huntley, fourth in Class 4A last year, finished its season 27-4.

During the crucial run which broke the game open, Boylan connected on 6 of 7 shots and was 3 of 3 from 3-point range in turning a 4-point intermission advantage into a 16-point, 33-17 lead with 3:32 left in the third

quarter.

Jensen Blassage, who will play college basketball at Division II Florida Southern, the same school Dundee-Crown graduate Ali Sanders plays for, scored 6 points, while Kayla Steward canned a pair of treys and

Halle Stull connected on a shot from beyond the arc as the Titans seized control of the game.

"We are a streaky team and to start the third quarter we penetrated better and were more physical," said Boylan coach Paul Perrone. ‘We also got better looks on 3."

The Titans' biggest lead was 21, 41-19, after a 10-footer in the lane by Blassage with 1:45 left.

The Red Raiders (27-4) didn't cave in and scored the final 6 points of the quarter on 4 free throws by Samantha Andrews and a 10-footer by Paige Renkosik to cut the Boylan lead to 41-25 after 24 minutes.

Huntley got to within 10, 47-37, with 2:22 remaining after a 3 by Kayla Barreto, but couldn't get any closer.

Boylan's effective diamond-and-2 zone stymied Ali and Samantha Andrews, holding the talented Red Raider sisters to 5-of-20 shooting for 25 percent.

"It was a pleasure to play at Huntley," said Samantha Andrews, the senior who scored over 1,000 points in her career, which she will continue at Division II Truman State.

"We didn't handle their pressure very well."

Samantha Andrews, who was 1-of-9 from the field, led the Raiders with 13 points, which included 11-of-16 from the free throw line.

Ali Andrews scored 12 and Barreto had 10 with a pair of treys.

"Their defense was excellent all night," said Huntley coach Steve Raethz of Boylan. "Give them credit. They were very physical and they did a good job on Ali and Samantha. Offensively, they have multiple kids who can score. They executed well on both ends."

Blassage, who scored her 1,000th career point in the fourth quarter, led Boylan with 16 while Steward scored 13.

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