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38 | February 16, 2017 | The wilmette beacon sports wilmettebeacon.com Team unity leads NT in CSL victory Michael Wojtychiw Sports Editor After losing 11 seniors from last year’s squad, New Trier came into the season seeking a new identity. As the season hits the stretch run, the team seems to have found what it was looking for. “Coming off the year last year where we had 11 seniors, ones who had been on the team for multiple years, they really defined the team for a couple years, “ New Trier coach Teri Rodgers said. “So after the season was over I told them ‘you can create whatever you want and not often do we get a blank slate and you’ve got one so take what you learned from the seniors that just left but create your own.’ “They’ve defined what this team is and that’s selflessness. They’re great leaders, so inclusive, so selfless and that’s what this team is, not only personality-wise but on the court and that’s who they’ve been as leaders. It’s never been about them, it’s been about ‘us,’ and that’s how we play.” The Trevians used that cohesiveness and togetherness in helping them beat rival Maine South, 50-39, Friday, Feb. 10, on Bratschi Plumbing was established in Winnetka in 1937 senior night in Winnetka. “Throughout the season, we’ve come a long way and our momentum is good right now so I think each and every game, we’re on top of everything,” NT senior Kristie Kalis said. With it being a special night for the seniors, Rodgers started players that normally wouldn’t get that opportunity, not only at the beginning of the game, but every quarter. And for the majority of the time, there was no difference in how the two units played. “The girls have really just figured it out, it’s been all them through hard work and selflessness,” Rodgers said. “Gaining experience has helped the team as well. It’s slowed down for them as they’ve become more comfortable and we’re seeing what they can really do.” Kalis, who was named to the All-CSL team along with Cate Murdock, came out almost like she had something to prove, scoring six of her team’s first 16 points and helping her team jump out to a 16-11 lead that would eventually turn into a 20- 16 advantage at the half. Kalis, who would finish with New Trier’s Cate Murdock drives to the basket versus Maine South players during a contest Friday, Feb. 10, in Winnetka. Varsity Views 15 points, continued her hot hand out of the break, knocking in six points in an 8-4 NT run to start the half. “I didn’t notice I was the leading scorer until after the game, but it’s all about the team because everyone is contributing,” Kalis said. After Anna Hughes got a 3-pointer to give New Trier a 31-22 lead with 3:18 remaining in the third quarter, a familiar theme happened to the Trevian offense: it went cold from the field. A week after having multiple scoring droughts against VARSITY VIEWS Evanston, the Trevians didn’t score after VARSITY that Hughes VIEWS basket until there were 51 seconds remaining in the quarter and Jacqueline Vinson knocked in a 3-pointer. In the meantime, the Hawks had rattled off 10 consecutive points to take a 32-31 lead before Vinson’s bucket. Maine South’s Nicole Scales, an All- CSL selection, had her first and only points in that run, hitting two 3’s, the first coming with 2:47 left in the quarter. “We really talked through screens and put Katy Symanietz, who’s a great defender, on her and then Maggie (Murdock) came in and guarded her, but it was just really good individual defense,” Rodgers said. Vinson’s basket triggered a 9-2 run that gave the Trevians a 40-34 lead, one that would be just enough to keep the Hawks at bay, with 6:44 remaining in the game. New Trier would limit any offense the Hawks would try to muster up, forcing four turnovers in the last five minutes of the game and not allowing the visitors to make a field goal for the last 5:46 of the game. The Hawks managed just two free throws in that span. “When you come here (New Trier) as a freshman, you look up to the older players but when you are the older player, it’s like a whole new world because everyone is looking at you that way,” Kalis said. “It’s emotional because you don’t want to disappoint but it always make you want to be on your ‘A’ game.” Bratschi Plumbing 801 Oak Street, Winnetka www.bratschiinc.com 847-446-1421 The Bratschi-Hoza Family is the Winnetka Historical Society Walter 2017 HERITAGE AWARD recipient Bratschi, recognizing the family’s contributions c. 1909 which have enriched the Village of Winnetka since 1915. Lic. 055-004615 Exterior of Bratschi Plumbing, c. 2017
wilmettebeacon.com sports the wilmette beacon | February 16, 2017 | 39 Girls basketball After frantic finish, NSCDS secures regional title 22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE PHOTO 1st-and-3 Three STARS OF THE WEEK 1. Evans leads Loyola to CCL semis. (ABOVE) LA’s Ramar Evans scored 49 points in three games last week, during which the team went 2-1 and advanced to the CCL tournament semifinals. 2. Kristie Kalis steps up big for NT. The New Trier senior scored 15 points in helping lead the Trevians to a 50- 39 win over Maine South Feb. 10 in Winnetka. 3. New Trier wins Central Suburban League South swimming title. The Trevians won the CSL South meet Feb. 11 at Niles West, winning five events and finishing second in four. Michael Wojtychiw Sports Editor There’s something about odd-numbered years that helps the North Shore Country Day School girls basketball program rise to a different level. The Raiders’ three regional titles have all come in odd-numbered years (2009, 2013 and 2015) and they were looking to continue the streak in Thursday, Feb. 9, in regional final game at home. And continue the streak they did, as the Raiders came back from a 31-29 deficit with under 25 seconds left to beat Schaumburg Christian 34-31 in dramatic fashion. “Nobody ever thought we were out of it at all,” North Shore coach Bruce Blair said. “I think we’re quick enough, we knew we were going to get back into the press. We really didn’t shoot as well as we usually do. Caroline Segal missed a couple layups, but look at what else she did, with her defense, her steals. “We have four seniors who really, really want to win and we have a freshman who played like a senior.” After Grace Atia cut the Conquerors lead to 31-29 with a free throw with 2:20 remaining, she hit a jumper to tie the game with 21 seconds remaining to send the nearly standing-room-only crowd into a frenzy. Freshman Caroline Segal’s steal and immediate layup on the ensuing inbounds pass gave the Raiders the 33-31 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. A Schaumburg Christian turnover and Julia Doyle free throw gave the Raiders the final winning margin. “It had been a really intense game, probably the most intense game I’ve ever played in and we were a little distraught as a team,” Segal said. “I saw when it was tied, knew that I had to go get the steal and knew I just had to get it up.” NSCD tried to use its token 3-1-1 full-court press to slow down the Conquerors offense, like it did Jan. 20 when the teams last met, a 46-41 NSCDS win. Unfortunately for the Raiders (20-3), Schaumburg Christian was able to often break the press but it didn’t lead the as many points as the visitors probably would have liked. “They broke it last time in the first quarter only but I think we did a better job of it tonight,” Blair said. “What they have, that a lot of the teams we don’t play have, is they have a couple kids who can throw it long and they brought two people back. We tried to get that corrected and I think a couple of our kids missed coverage. “At the same time, I The North Shore Country Day School team celebrates with its regional title plaque after beating Schaumburg Christian Thursday, Feb. 9, in Winnetka. Michael Wojtychiw/22nd Century Media think we caused a lot of trouble for them with our coverage.” While the Raiders were able to distribute the ball evenly, they were also tasked with stopping the tallest player on the court, 6-foot star Bailey Cummings. Cummings led the Conquerors with 16 points, 12 of which came after halftime. “She’s very good,” Blair said. “When we played them on Jan. 20, they were up seven at the end of the first quarter and we won by five. We knew that she was good and she’s even better than she looked good tonight. She can shoot the [3-pointer], make a variety of shots and our defense was designed to talk wherever she is and always have two people on her. We didn’t always do that but we did it just enough.” The comeback win was even sweeter for the Raiders who hadn’t had the services of an entire squad for the last week. Multiple players have been out sick, including Atia and point guard Lauren Kaplinsky, who Blair said was still fighting a bad chest cold. The win allows NSCD to continue its most successful season in school history. The Raiders will be looking to make their first sectional final appearance when they face Walther Christian in the second game of the Harvest Christian Academy Sectional Tuesday, Feb. 14 (Result not available as of press time). “It was really special we got to host the regional this year and winning it on our home court makes it more amazing,” Segal said. “The Schaumburg fans, give them a lot of cred, they were really loud but when the game got to the end, when it was getting close, our fans really stepped up, they were cheering and that’s what got us going.” Listen Up “Nobody thought we were out of it at all.” Bruce Blair — North Shore Country Day School girls basketball coach on his team’s regional final performance. The Raiders won their second regional title in three years thanks to a 34-31 win over Schaumburg Christian Feb. 9. tunE in What to watch this week GIRLS GYMNASTICS: New Trier looks to win its first state title in gymnastics. NT travels to Palatine for the IHSA State Finals Feb. 17-18. Friday’s action starts at 2:15 p.m., Saturday’s at 2:05 p.m. Index 37 - Girls Gymnastics 34 - Athlete of the Week Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Michael Wojtychiw, firstname.lastname@example.org.