It's Now 17 Wins in a Row for Central Girls

Scarbro, great teamwork, lead Rams over neighbor Grayslake North.

The Grayslake North sophomore team is now 15-4.  That latest win came on Tuesday night over rival Grayslake Central 42-38. But those winning Knights can learn a few things from the Central varsity team. Such as sharing the basketball.

The Rams (19-2) won its 17th straight game 62-33 over neighbor North. And it's not like the Knights played poorly. The home team is just that good.

"That's a top 10 team in the state,'' said North coach Jim Sarver. "There is no embarrassment. They are just bigger, faster and stronger."

On a drive and hoop from Brianna Leon, the Knights (6-14) took a slim 5-4 lead. And that would be it for North.  A quick 12-0 run by the Rams gave Central a double digit lead and that would end any suspense for this night.

"We did a little bit of everything,'' noted Central guard Roxy Acoff.

Central's Alex Scarbro closed her night with a 3-pointer and led all scorers with 22 points. This senior was able to rest most of the fourth quarter as head coach Steve Ikenn was able to use his bench.

"This is a very unselfish group from the top to the 15th player,'' Ikenn said. "That's been a key to our success."

It wasn't a perfect night for the Rams as center Rebekah Llorens had early foul trouble. Claire Brennan filled in at center and had all of her 10 points in the first half. The Rams led 33-17 at halftime.

"Claire busts off the bench and can play any position,'' Ikenn said. "She also plays great defense."

North had a strong effort from sophomore Shyanne Ludwick (10 points). Allie Ceglarek had a pair of 3-pointers for her 6 points. Athletic Katie McGrath (6 points) and improving Christina Freese (5 points) both helped out.

"We have a lot of good pieces of the puzzle,'' Sarver said.

The Rams had scoring help from Skyler Jessop (9 points). This junior also made some excellent passes. Maddie Miller chipped in 8 points. Acoff added 5 points.

The Rams host Prairie Ridge on Friday night. The Knights are also at home on Friday night when Johnsburg visits.

Angie Stinner January 20, 2011 at 12:56 PM
As a parent of one of the sophmore Knights, I find this article offensive and negative. To even compare Central's Varsity to the Knights Sophomores is ridiculous and unfair. You clearly must have some sort of vested interest in Central. The Knights Sophomore team is doing very well and are coached fairly. Maybe next time you could write something positive and give all of the kids an extra boost instead of cutting them down.
bill parcells January 20, 2011 at 01:46 PM
I think you forgot to mention that the Sophmore Knights are 3-1 against Central and are on there way to winning over 20 games for the second year in a row (whatever they are doing seems to be working)
Andrea Johnson January 23, 2011 at 12:37 AM
What is this writer incinuating, that the 15-4 sophomore Knights can't share the basketball? The person above is right, this is pretty offensive, and if I were a parent of one of these kids, I would be upset at this article. These are just high school kids trying their best, with real problems, homework, and a lot of things going on. How arrogant. I'd like to see this guy play out there. Why not try to focus on the positives instead of trying to make a spectacle of a bunch of hard-working girls? I don't get it.
Andrea Johnson January 24, 2011 at 03:16 PM
More offensive comments toward a bunch of KIDS. Seriously, I am done advertising with Patch, what a joke. I thought this was supposed to be a community-oriented site, and I have to go on here and read about someone talking trash about the efforts of the Grayslake North girls, who are kids?? Disgusting.
Marcia Watts Sagendorph (Editor) January 25, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Andrea, Thank you for your great interest in Patch. I know you have posted comments on several sites. In this case, however, you might have missed the comments where the author of this story apologized on site for all to see. He stated that he in no way meant to insult any team, but was trying to show how good the one team is. Obviously, that rubbed some people the wrong way. He apologized on Patch to the parents, the girls and the coaches involved. I am not sure if you fall into any of those categories. Know that we are all doing the best we can to cover Grayslake teams, government, businesses, people and events. I appreciate honest, constructive feedback on this site.
J Frank January 25, 2011 at 11:32 PM
Come on everybody! Maybe one needs to be disconnected to read the story as written. Read the headline. The first paragraph credits the soph Knights with a big win over the Crosstown Rams, and then segues nicely into a the feature story about the varsity Rams. I can't see at all where saying the strong Knights soph team might learn something from the state ranked Rams. The soph Rams, varsity Knights, varsity teams from Lakes, Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Grant and on and on could learn something from the very good Rams.
Andrea Johnson January 27, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Comparing the two teams is simply wrong, period. And offensive. Grayslake Central is one of the top teams in the STATE, and to any way compare them sets up Grayslake North's sophomore girls, who are just kids, to an unfair set of standards. "But those winning Knights can learn a few things from the Central varsity team," the story says. "Such as sharing the basketball." This suggests that the Knights' sophomore girls team is selfish, and if people can't understand why that is inappropriate, then shame on you all at Grayslake Patch. I am not trying to further inflame these discussions, but simply explaining to people why the comments and article were taken offensively by some people at Grayslake North. Thanks.
Sports lover January 27, 2011 at 05:25 PM
Andrea, or it suggests that the Central team is extremely good at sharing the ball and the younger, less experienced - although very talented- North Sophmore team can learn by watching them. You would however, have to live your life with a positive, sunny disposition to interpret it this way. I can understand how a person who looks for a reason to spew vile, may have a hard time interpretting it this way.
WJK January 27, 2011 at 07:06 PM
I am the father of a North Soph player. I also have done stats for the team over the last two years. I can tell you that sharing the ball is not an issue with this team. On average the team records an assist on approx. 50% of their baskets...a good ratio. I would also submit that in this particular game it was BECAUSE they shared the ball that they won. The starting five scoring for the game was 11, 9, 8, 7, 5 ....14 total FG's by the team for the game on 7 assists. Even more telling was shot distribution. Again for the starters, their FG attempts were 10, 9, 8,8,7 I know numbers can often be deceiving (see Washington D.C. or Springfield), but in this case I believe they illuminate. I think at worst the writer ( a good one, who I've read for years) wrote a rather clumsy lead. Furthermore, I'm not sure the writer was comparing North Soph's to the Central Varsity...quite simply there is no comparison. Soph's and Varsity play the same game in look only. Basketball at the Varsity level is faster, more intense, and more skilled. Our girls know that and continue to prep their skill set in anticipation of being positive contributors when they reach the varsity level. BTW the Knight Soph's are 40-6 over the last two years and 4-0 in the tournaments they have played in. They are a proud and hardworking group. Finally, a suggestion to the Patch editor(s). Why not attach the writer's explanation /apology (he did post one) to the original article so it is easier to find.
J Frank January 27, 2011 at 09:21 PM
I'm having a difficult time understanding why some are wanting so hard to believe the writer's intent was to put-down the North Sophs. Get a grip.
Marcia Watts Sagendorph (Editor) January 28, 2011 at 01:04 AM
WJK, Thanks for your detailed response. At your request, I have posted the two apologies from Bill Pemstein after this story originally ran. I support his comments that he nor I meant any disrespect to the North Sophomore team, who by all accounts are very talented. Thanks for your interest. I hope we can move forward from this. Marcia
Marcia Watts Sagendorph (Editor) January 28, 2011 at 01:05 AM
REPOST: Bill Pemstein said: I should have explained my lede better. No disrespect meant to the North sophomores who are 15-4. It's just that the Central varsity girls are so good. Sorry. # Bill Pemstein
Marcia Watts Sagendorph (Editor) January 28, 2011 at 01:05 AM
REPOST: Bill Pemstein said: All I had to do was explain that lede of that story. No way I meant any harm to the talented 15-4 Grayslake Knights sophs. Sorry about that.
HM January 28, 2011 at 03:36 AM
Even the very best teams have things to learn, and good teams learn from those who are even better. There is no shame in that. The reality is that most any sophomore team still has a lot to learn, and in this case, the sophomore team had the opportunity to watch a very talented varsity team. I wish people were not so thin-skinned! Everyone is not equal, and saying that younger, less experienced players can learn from older and better players is no insult. Does Ms. Johnson think that those players don't know that?


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