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Scouting Report: DeKalb

Coach: Chris Davenport, first season

Last season's record: 26-5, 10-0 Northern Illinois Big 12 East; Northern Illinois Big 12 East champions

Postseason result: Lost, 48-30, to Bartlett in Class 4A Elgin Super-Sectional; won DeKalb Regional and McHenry Sectional titles.

Key players: Rachel Torres, sr., G; Courtney Patrick, sr., G; Courtney Bemis, jr., F

Ready for impact: Brittney Patrick, fr., G; Jasmine Malloy, so., G; Alexis Hammond, jr., F; Jelly Garcia, jr, G; Jade Barber, jr., F

Outlook: After back-to-back Northern Illinois Big 12 East titles, the Barbs return a good amount of talent under first-year coach Chris Davenport. DeKalb made a nice postseason run last season and is ready to make a state run this year.

DeKalb is preparing itself with a tough schedule. The Barbs will play defending Class 4A state champion Chicago Whitney Young and three-time defending Class 3A state champ Montini, not to mention tough 4A schools like Wheaton-Warrenville South and Geneva.

Davenport's take: "Expectations across the board is to get to the state tournament, absolutely. Go a little bit further than we did last year, which, one game and we're there."

— Steve Nitz, snitz@shawmedia.com

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