Zornow's defense helps Huntley beat Cary-Grove

HUNTLEY – Huntley girls basketball senior guard Bethany Zornow was given a tough assignment Monday against Cary-Grove.

Zornow was in charge of trying to slow down the Trojans’ leading scorer, versatile junior Katie Barker, who entered the game averaging 21.5 points a game. Zornow’s effort helped the Red Raiders take a 12-point lead in the first quarter and then carry that momentum, never letting C-G get closer than seven points.

With senior forward Sam Andrews and sophomore forward Ali Andrews combining to match the Trojans’ total points, the Red Raiders stayed undefeated with a 58-48 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win against C-G.

Sam Andrews finished with a game-high 25 points, and Ali Andrews scored 23 for Huntley (10-0, 3-0 FVC Valley).

“I can’t say enough about our effort tonight,” Huntley coach Steve Raethz said. “It’s been great all season long. We just need to keep it rolling.”

Zornow, aided by her teammates providing help defense, was able to keep Barker scoreless in the first quarter and held her to five made field goals. Barker finished with 15 points, and Abby Glaysher added 12 points for the Trojans (6-4, 1-2). Zornow said, going into the game that she knew she was assigned to track Barker and focused on face-guarding the 5-foot-10 guard-forward.

“I love defense, and I love being able to shut people down,” Zornow said. “I’d rather [play] defense more than offense any day. I love that part of basketball.

“Towards the end of the game [Barker] was getting more physical with me, but I couldn’t let it get to me because I can’t get in foul trouble,” Zornow added. “I was able to keep my composure and guard her.”

A slow start doomed C-G, which has been an issue this season. The Trojans were able to pull within 36-29 of the Red Raiders on Glaysher’s layup with 4:03 left in the third quarter. But Huntley answered with six consecutive points to extend its lead back to double digits, which the Red Raiders would maintain through the end of the game.

C-G managed only 15 points in the first half, including five in the first quarter.

“We’ve been putting up single digits in the first quarter game after game after game because, I don’t know why, for some reason we just don’t show up in the first quarter,” C-G coach Rod Saffert said. “If they do, this is a game regardless of Sam and Ali getting 48 of their 58 points.”