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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.

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 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 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 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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