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By Matt Stacionis | Daily Herald Correspondent
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Published: 2/15/2012 12:57 AM

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DeKALB It's no secret that Huntley's offense often times runs through Sam Andrews.

When Andrews is the only source of offense, though, the Red Raiders struggle like a 60-50 loss to Jacobs on January 27th.

In Tuesday's rematch against the Golden Eagles in a semifinal of the Class 4A DeKalb girls basketball regional, Huntley saw three different players score at least 8 points in a quarter. The balanced offense allowed Huntley to coast to a 59-38 victory.

The Red Raiders (13-14) will take on top-seeded DeKalb (25-3) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for the regional title. Huntley is seeking back-to-back regional crowns.

"Usually we focus on Sam," said Huntley's Haley Ream, who had a monster second quarter and finished with 16 points. "She steps up and scores. We usually don't win when she's the only one who is scoring."

Ream put up 10 points in the second quarter and shot 4-for-4 from the floor, with Huntley going 7-for-12. She recorded 4 steals out of Jacobs' 10 turnovers and made 3 of 4 free-throws. Andrews led all players with 19 points.

Jacobs (6-21) trailed 28-11 at the half.

"Sam, Haley, Abbey (Shaw), it seemed like someone was always contributing and stepping on both ends of the floor," Red Raiders' coach Steve Raethz said. "We got some great contributions from our players."

If the Red Raiders receive the equality on offense they did against Jacobs, they will be tough to defend.

Andrews (11 rebounds, 7 offensive) opened the game by pounding the Golden Eagles down low. She scored 8 of Huntley's 10 first-quarter points and the Red Raiders led 10-4. The sophomore drew double and triple teams in the post after the first quarter, leaving an opening for her teammates to put up big numbers.

Shaw (13 points, 6 rebounds) kept the momentum going in the second half. The senior forward scored 9 points to keep applying pressure. Shaw went 4-for-7 from the floor in the third quarter to put Huntley up 42-22 by the end of the third period.

In the first 4 minutes, 42 seconds of the fourth quarter Shaw went back to work, scoring 7 points as Huntley led by as much as 55-26.

"Our defense was a lot better, we came together as a team," said Andrews, who also added a pair of assists. "If I had an open shot I took it. If I had an open teammate, I looked for them."

Jacobs got 10 fourth-quarter points from sophomore Nailah Byrd, who went 5-for-7 in the fourth quarter. Senior Jennifer Chesney added 4 points of Jacobs' 16 points in the final period.