High school boys basketball: Cary-Grove's Carhart leads comeback against Huntley; Dundee-Crown beats Hampshire

Trojans, Chargers advance at Class 4A Dundee-Crown Regional

Sam Carhart
Sam Carhart

CARPENTERSVILLE – Cary-Grove forward Sam Carhart had what could be called a senior moment.

The Trojans were facing their largest deficit of the game, nine points, after Huntley’s Cory Knipp nailed a 3-pointer from the left corner with 3:31 remaining in the third quarter.

“This is my senior year. If I lose, it’s my last game, so I put it all on the court,” Carhart said. “We just came together and said, ‘This is our season right here. We have to come together and play as a team.’ That’s what we did.”

C-G grabbed the lead less than 3 minutes later, with Carhart leading the way, and the Trojans maintained control for a 58-49 victory in the Class 4A Dundee-Crown Regional quarterfinals Monday. No. 8-seeded C-G (14-13) takes on No. 2 Jacobs (25-3) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in one semifinal.

No. 6 Dundee-Crown defeated No. 11 Hampshire, 63-47, in Monday’s second game. The Chargers (15-12) take on St. Charles East (17-9) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the second semifinal.

Knipp’s 3 put No. 10 Huntley (6-23) ahead 39-30. The Trojans’ Ryan Rice hit a 3 on the ensuing possession to spark a 14-0 run. Carhart had a pair of assists to Addison West inside, hit two free throws, then converted a 3-point play for a 42-39 lead.

C-G never trailed again.

“Carhart really played his butt off,” Trojans coach Adam McCloud said. “He felt like, ‘If I’m going to go out tonight, I’m going to go out the way I want to, and I’m going after it.’ I’m proud of him. I’m proud of our guys.”

Forward Ben Ferrell, who along with Carhart and Luc Bressett are the only seniors, pointed to the Trojans’ 2-3 zone defense as the key.

“We pride ourselves on our defense,” said Ferrell, who grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. “We ramped up our defense. Our motto is ‘Stop. Score.’ It’s been bringing us back in games. I was confident all the way in our defense.”

The Trojans hit 8-of-11 free throws in the fourth quarter to eventually pull away just enough.

Carhart led C-G with 20 points and Beau Frericks added 14. C-G lost to Jacobs, 38-37, in their last Fox Valley Conference game and the Trojans are eager for another shot at a team that is 51-1 in FVC games over the past four seasons.

“We’ve played them four times (in the last two years) and we haven’t beat them,” Carhart said. “It’s that team you really want to play and you really want to beat. I’m extremely excited for the opportunity.”

Davis Pasco hit three of Huntley’s nine 3s and finished with 11 points. Uchenna Egekeze scored 10 and Ryan Crosby added eight.

“Cory made that 3 and we didn’t make another shot for a really, really long time,” Raiders coach Will Benson said. “Unfortunately that’s happened to us at times. After we hit that 3, we had trouble getting it inside.”

D-C cruised to its eighth victory in nine games behind 22 points from Jordan Hairston and 14 from Jack Orndahl.

Orndahl scored 12 of his in the first half, Hairston took over with 16 of his in the second half.

“In the third quarter they hit some shots, so I started driving more and then could kick out to my guys,” Hairston said.

Hairston finished the first half with a buzzer-beating 3 and hit 7-of-9 field goals for the game.

“He turned it on, he had some bust-outs, he’s good around the hoop and he had the outside shot working tonight,” Chargers coach Lance Huber said. “When he gets that going, that’s a good weapon for us.”

Hampshire senior Nathan Cork hit five 3s and finished with 21 points, Collin Woods added 10. The Whip-Purs finished 5-24.

Huber knows D-C will face a formidable foe in St. Charles East.

“We’ll have our hands fill,” Huber said. “We’re going to have to play better than we did tonight, that’s for sure. We’re going to have to step it up a notch to compete with those guys.”


Sam Carhart, Cary-Grove, Sr., F

Carhart sparked the Trojans’ 14-0 run late in the third quarter with a pair of assists, two free throws and a 3-point play, which gave C-G the lead for good. Carhart finished with 20 points and hit 10-of-13 free throws.


16: Points scored by Dundee-Crown’s Jordan Hairston in the second half, out of his game-high 22 in the second play-in game of the night.


Hampshire senior Nathan Cork went out with a flourish, scoring 14 of the Whip-Purs’ 16 points in the fourth quarter. Cork, who finished with 21 points, hit four 3-pointers in the final 4 minutes of his high school career.

Cary-Grove 58, Huntley 49

HUNTLEY (49): Pasco 4 0-0 11, Egekeze 5 0-4 10, Knipp 2 0-0 6, Sroka 3 0-0 7, Roppolo 0 0-0 0, Crosby 3 0-0 8, Fulcer 0 0-0 0, Bigden 2 0-0 5, Draper 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 0-4 49.

CARY-GROVE (58): Bressett 0 0-0 0, Carhart 5 10-13 20, Frericks 5 4-4 14, Ferrell 2 2-3 6, Jakubicek 1 2-3 4, West 3 0-2 6, Walsh 1 0-0 3, Rice 2 0-2 5. Totals: 19 18-27 58.

Huntley 14 14 11 10 – 49

Cary-Grove 15 10 17 16 – 58

3-point goals: Huntley 9 (Pasco 3, Knipp 2, Crosby 2, Sroka, Bigden), Cary-Grove 2 (Walsh, Rice). Total fouls: Huntley 20, Cary-Grove 9. Fouled out: Knipp.

Dundee-Crown 63, Hampshire 47

HAMPSHIRE (47): Cork 6 4-4 21, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Shaw 1 1-2 4, Woods 4 2-4 10, Westerlund 3 0-1 6, Dalby 2 0-0 4, Lazar 0 0-0 0, Bishop 0 0-0 0, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Golden 0 0-0 0, Rogers 0 0-0 0, Bryant 0 0-0 0, Dumoulin 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 7-11 47.

DUNDEE-CROWN (63): Orndahl 5 2-3 14, Butler 3 0-0 6, Hairston 7 6-11 22, Bergeron 2 0-0 4, Stec 2 1-2 5, Michalski 1 0-0 2, Raby 2 2-2 7, Hatcher 0 0-0 0, Parreno 0 0-0 0, Krueger 0 0-0 0, Lawrence 1 0-0 3, Shydlowski 0 0-0 0, Frey 0 0-0 0, Kastning 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 11-18 63.

Hampshire 7 11 13 16 – 47

Dundee-Crown 15 19 15 14 – 63

3-point goals: Hampshire 6 (Cork 5, Shaw), Dundee-Crown 6 (Orndahl 2, Hairston 2, Raby, Lawrence). Total fouls: Hampshire 15, Dundee-Crown 10.

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