Grayslake North holds on to win despite poor shooting

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Hopefully, James Naismith wasn’t in the stands watching. This was a battle for the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division lead, and after the teams shot a combined 7-of-49 in the first half (it ended 13-6 in favor of North), visiting Grayslake North (17-8, 9-1) used a six-point possession in the end to beat Grayslake Central (16-9, 8-2) for the second time this season and close in on its second straight division title.


Down 27-26 and with the ball in the final minute, Central wasted a chance to take the lead when called for traveling. North then clinched the win by getting a six-point possession. Brittney Thibeaux drove the lane and scored while knocking over Central’s Rachel Effa. Effa was called for a blocking foul and was then given a technical foul. Thibeaux hit her free throw, Kendall Detweiler hit the two technical free throws, and then hit 1-of-2 when fouled on the ensuing possession to make it 33-26. Effa banked home a three-pointer to make it 33-29 with 14 seconds left, and Detweiler’s final free throw and a putback by Dahlstrom at the horn completed the scoring.


In defeat, Central’s Morgan Dahlstrom had 14 points, 16 rebounds, two blocks, and three steals.


North was 9-of-50 shooting, 0-of-9 from distance. Detweiler had 13 points, Thibeaux nine points and nine rebounds, and Magie Fish eight points. Central was 11-of-43 shooting. The difference was free-throw shooting, 16-of-26 to 7-of-8.


“It was a rough night. We were getting the shots we wanted, but it seemed like the rim had a lid on it. It’s an important win for us. It means we’re one step close to the conference championship, just like last year. — Thibeaux

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