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Girls basketball comes out on top over CLS

Chris Sawalski

Off to a 4-0 start in conference games the lady Raiders finish 49-29 to top the Crystal Lake South Gators in the Tuesday matchup.

“It was nice to pick up this conference win against a [Crystal Lake] South team that was 4-0 heading into tonight,” said coach Steve Raethz, “it was nice to get a leg-up on them.”

With the Raiders the only undefeated team in conference games left they look to continue their success to make yet another strong playoff run.

After winning that past 10 out of 11 games, the Raiders have put together sort of a hot streak. “But we have to tighten some things up offensively,” said Raethz.

“I think we did a nice job defensively in the second half, holding them to only 10 points in the half,” said Raethz about the defense change.

Junior Kayla Baretto had 16 points in the win along with a few 3 point shots to open up the lane for Division 1 commit, Ali Andrews who put up 19.

“It was great to see her [Baretto] step up and knock down some shots for us early on, we’ve got that a lot from her this season,” said Raethz. “We got down a little bit early, but we took some shots and battled back.”

With the Gators playing a zone defense to try to stop the 6’2 Ali Andrews, the team was getting a lot of perimeter shots, “We need Kayla and our other perimeter players to step up and knock down some shots, and Kayla did that tonight,” said Raethz.

The Red Raiders played very well on both sides of the ball tonight and really looked solid against the Gators.

Their next game will be on Friday, Jan. 16, against the Cary-Grove Trojans at home.

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Girls basketball comes out on top over CLS