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HHS girls basketball defeats cross-town rival Jacobs in a game of strength

Huntley maintains first place in the FVC with their powerful defense and focus.
J. Lansu
Huntley shoots a 3-pointer.

Huntley girls basketball has steadily held the throne in the FVC and is making a strong push for regionals. Exactly one week before Friday’s game they suffered a devastating loss to Cary Grove, which was their first conference loss in over three years. However,  they did not let that loss drag their spirits down, as they drove to defeat both Hampshire and Jacobs by 30 points. 

“This win helped us get even closer to the conference title,” junior Anna Campanelli said.

During the game, Jacobs struggled to string together any plays to get past Huntley’s raging defense, and every time they tried to pass the ball to their teammates, Huntley players would steal it, making a fast break to the net. Campanelli contributed a great amount to this team’s win by scoring 21 points.

“I know we had to play hard, but I feel like everyone was doing their part to help us win this game,” Campanelli said.

This classic cross-town rivalry between Jacobs and HHS packed the stands on both the home and away sides with hundreds of parents and students shouting for their sides’ players. Huntley finished the game, winning 48-16. Which makes them 11-1 in the FVC. They are in a sure bid to make it to regionals with only six games left this season. 

“This season has exceeded my expectations and we are playing really well together,” Campanelli said.

In the offseason, the basketball team lost 4 of their everyday starters, so it was uncertain how this season was going to go for them. Yet, their hard work has driven them to be 17-6 currently. They play as if they have no real competition standing in their way of success. 

“My goal going into this season was trying to get more playing time,” freshman Alyssa Borzych said.

Borzych has certainly stepped up to the challenge; having just over 40 points so far this season. She is shaping up to be a big part of this team’s bright future.

On defense, the girls have a strong focus, swarming the ball like bees on honey and locking down their defensive skills. This contributes to Huntley’s success so far, also helping them become the fastest team in the conference. 

“I just want to do whatever I can for my team to create the best outcome and get the win no matter what happens,” sophomore Aubrina Adamik said.

There is no individual player to thank on this team. Every player brings something unique to the court that equally plays into this team’s success. Aubrina and Ava McFadden are solid 3-point shooters, Cassidy Serpe brings a strong defensive game, Paula Strzelecki is always getting the rebounds, and Campanelli usually leads the team in points. 

These girls have shown their strength this season, and we hope they continue their climb to regionals.

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Jack Lansu
Jack Lansu, Staff Writer
Jack Lansu is a staff writer for the Voice, and he is a rookie on staff. In his free time, Jack loves to play catch with his friends, go to the gym, and listen to old records on his record player.

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