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Hall’s zone stifles AFC’s post players

Raiders be-Deviled

AMBOY – AFC never quite got its offense on track in the championship game of the Amboy Holiday Tournament on Friday, and could not keep pace with Hall in a 55-33 Red Devils’ win.

The Raiders struggled early with missed shots, missing two from close range in the first two possessions of the game, and two from the free-throw line on the third. Jenna Thompson hit a 3-pointer to put the Raiders up 3-2, but that was the only lead AFC would enjoy all night, as Hall regained the lead via a Tori Bogatitus three-point play and a Madi Soldati 3-pointer.

“We were sluggish from the start tonight,” AFC coach Chris Jahn said. “[Hall] did a great job. They had a great game plan. I think we still could have executed what we wanted to, it just wasn’t happening.”

Defensively, Hall packed the lane with a 2-3 zone, converging every time the Raiders tried to pass the ball into Jaynee Prestegaard in the high post or Madeline Prestegaard in the low post.

“You’ve got to try to keep it out of their hands,” Hall coach Brian Holman said. “They like to go to the corner and dump it in. It was just a matter of putting two on them at all times.”

Jaynee Prestegaard shot 5-for-16 from the field and 2-for-9 from the free-throw line to finish with 12 points. Madeline Prestegaard fouled out having scored six points on 3-for-13 shooting.

The shooting woes extended to the free-throw line. Back-to-back Camdyn Penick steals late in the first quarter led to free throws on the other end, but both Jaynee Prestegaard and Penick split their two foul shots. In the second quarter, Jaynee Prestegaard twice missed the front end of a 1-and-1.

“It wasn’t our night, you could see it from the start,” Jahn said. “Jaynee missing all those free throws, that was an indication of things to come for the rest of the night.”

AFC (11-6) hit just 6 of 14 free throws on the night. Hall, meanwhile, was a perfect 7-for-7 in the first half, and 16-for-19 for the game.

Hall (13-2) also hit 18 of 48 shots from the field.

“Their shots were going in,” Jaynee Prestegaard said. “They were passing the ball quickly. They were more organized than we were tonight.”

Hall led 14-11 early in the second quarter after a Madeline Prestegaard putback, but Soldati hit a layup moments later, and Bogatitus and Jaclyn Cinotte followed with back-to-back jumpers, extending the lead to 20-13.

On the heels of missing the front ends of 1-and-1s, Jaynee Prestegaard got a steal and went coast-to-coast for a layup to cut the lead to 22-17, but Hall answered with a Janessa Hart basket in the paint and a drive by Hannah Hart.

The Red Devils led 26-17 at halftime, and extended that with a 13-6 edge in the third quarter. AFC shot 2-for-18 in the third quarter, getting a Madeline Prestegaard putback and a Penick 3-pointer, but Hall hit its first two shots from the field in the quarter, added a pair of free throws, then later got a three-point play from Cinotte and a basket in the paint by Gabby Englehaupt.

“Our guards had to fly tonight,” Holman said. “... Our guards had to chase because our bottom line had to stay in. They did a heck of a job. Gabby played well. Hannah played well. Madi saved her best for the last couple games here. It’s a testament to how hard they work.”

Hall finished with a 46-31 rebounding edge, led by Englehaupt’s 16.

Jaynee Prestegaard had 12 rebounds, and Madeline Prestegaard had nine.

“We had to make sure we had a body on them at all times to make sure they couldn’t get the rebound,” Englehaupt said. “I was looking to box out and hope for the best and get the ball, strong hands and get it out to a point guard.”

Girls basketball

Amboy Holiday Tournament

Hall 55, AFC 33

Star of the game: Hannah Hart, Hall, 16 points, 5 rebounds

Key performers: Gabby Englehaupt, Hall, 16 rebounds; Jaynee Prestegaard, AFC, 12 points, 12 rebounds; Camdyn Penick, AFC, 9 points; Madi Soldati, Hall, 14 points

Up next: Somonauk at AFC, 7 p.m. Wednesday

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