HAMPSHIRE – Hampshire had an awfully hard time finding ways through Huntley’s pressure defense in the third quarter, turning the ball over 10 times and limping into the fourth quarter with a four-point lead.
“That’s what we call a defensive battle,” Hampshire junior forward Kelby Bannerman said. “You’re fighting so hard, and it’s almost impossible to score. [Huntley] is one of the top defensive teams in the conference.”
When the teams met last month, Hampshire scored 27 points. On Wednesday, the Whip-Purs worked past their woes and came away with a 37-31 victory against Huntley in the teams' Fox Valley Conference game, snapping a six-game winning streak for the Red Raiders.
"[Huntley coach] Steve Raethz is a walk-in Hall of Fame coach," Whips coach Eric Samuelson said. "They played great defense for 8 minutes between the third and the fourth. They shut us down. Earlier in the season when that happened, we weren't able to bounce back, so I was proud of them for that."
Bannerman had 13 points and 15 rebounds for Hampshire (16-13, 11-6 FVC) and made four free throws in the last 3:27 to give the Whips the lead for good. Huntley (18-12, 12-5) took its first lead of the game on a layup by Anna Seng with 4:28 left.
The teams traded leads four times in the fourth quarter.
After knocking down her free throws, Bannerman scored on a reverse layup with less than a minute to go to give Hampshire a 34-29 lead. Jessie Dumoulin (team-high 14 points, four 3s) provided the bounce pass to Bannerman after a pump fake.
Bannerman had six of her 13 points in the fourth and said everyone was ready to step up.
"The way we've been playing together, anyone can have the ball in their hands at the end of the game," Bannerman said. "We did what we had to do at the end of the game, and that's why we were successful."
Samuelson said he challenged the 6-foot-1 Bannerman at halftime.
"There was a couple of times in the game she lacked a little composure," Samuelson said. "I got frustrated, and I let her know at halftime. I was proud of her in the second half."
Dumoulin had 12 of her 14 points in the first half, sinking her first three shots from 3-point range. Senior forward Roni Walker had four second-half points and chipped in two assists. Samuelson joked with Walker, calling her "point guard Roni" after the game.
The win gives the teams a split in the conference series. Hampshire is a game behind the Raiders for third place.
"It was a good game to bounce back and play together as a team," Walker said. "I think we were ready to come out and defend our house. It's nice going against [Dundee-Crown on] Friday."
Raquel Radermacher had 14 points and seven rebounds for Huntley. Kamsi Nwogu added eight points and eight rebounds, and Carley Faulkner tossed in seven points off the bench.
"The first half was just really tough," Raethz said. "Hampshire made six 3s, and that's really uncharacteristic of us. They made the extra pass and had some really good possessions.
"We didn't allow any 3s in the second half, and I thought we did a good job of giving ourselves a chance to claw back."
STAR OF THE GAME
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Bannerman made her final four free throws in the fourth quarter to help seal the win, finishing with 13 points and 15 rebounds.
6: Huntley’s six-game winning streak was snapped.
AND ANOTHER THING …
The Whip-Purs didn’t attempt a free throw for the first 26:30 of the game. They finished 5 of 7 from the foul line.
Hampshire 37, Huntley 31
Radermacher 5 2-4 14, Nwogu 2 4-4 8, Faulkner 2 3-5 7, Seng 1 0-0 2, Flaherty 0 0-2 0. Totals: 10 9-15 31.
Dumoulin 5 0-0 14, Bannerman 4 4-5 13, Walker 2 0-0 4, Cork 1 0-0 3, Del Re 1 1-2 3. Totals: 13 5-7 37.
Huntley 6 9 7 9 – 31
Hampshire 13 9 4 11 – 37
3-point goals: Hampshire 6 (Dumoulin 4, Bannerman, Cork), Huntley 2 (Radermacher 2). Total fouls: Huntley 14, Hampshire 11.