HUNTLEY – For Huntley senior Riley Wicks, the past few games have been a struggle. The shots haven’t been falling. Who better to help you through a slump than your biggest critic, who in Wicks’ case happens to be his father.
Whatever advice Dad gave the Red Raiders shooting guard definitely worked as Wicks led Huntley to a 55-28 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division victory over Crystal Lake South.
Huntley (18-7,10-2 FVC Valley) got off to a quick start against the Gators Tuesday and never looked back. The Red Raiders started off the game on an 8-0 run and didn’t allow Crystal Lake South (15-11, 4-8) to score until the 2:30 mark of the first quarter.
The key for Huntley was its perimeter shooting. The Red Raiders were nine of 17 from the 3-point line, including six 3-pointers in the first half, which helped Huntley blow the game open.
Tuesday was senior night for Huntley, which honored nine seniors playing in their final home game. All nine seniors scored and accounted for 54 of Huntley’s 55 points. Wicks led Huntley with 14 points, including four 3-pointers.
“We’ve worked so hard lately and that really showed tonight," Wicks said. Great win in our final home game”.
Huntley coach Marty Manning was very pleased with how his team played on both sides of the ball.
“I was really happy with how we defended and with our shooting," Manning said. "We showed a lot of passion on defense and executed well against their zone.”
Crystal Lake South got off to a slow start, and never recovered. The Gators shot just 23 percent in the first half and committed 10 turnovers. It never really got much better in the second half as South finished the game shooting 28 percent from the field.
Huntley standout Amanze Egekeze (9 points, 6 rebounds) was happy to win his final home game, and feels his team is ready for the postseason.
"Last year, we lost really bad on senior night and didn’t want that to happen again," Egekeze said. "We are starting to play a lot better and a lot of our success will depend on our mental toughness.”
The Gators were led by Kyle Bartusch with 11 points.