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.