That’s not how Latest Trier High School envisioned the primary court storm in its latest gym.
Evanston Township players and fans earned that honor Friday night following a 37-35 victory in Winnetka.
The extraordinary rivalry showdown got here right down to the ultimate seconds. Following a foul away from the basket, Wildkits junior Ian Peters sank two free throws with 16 seconds to play to provide his team the lead. Despite stout ETHS defense, the Trevians found two decent looks at a game-winning 3-pointer, but each were off the mark — encapsulating the night that was for Latest Trier and cuing an on-court celebration for the Wildkits faithful.
“We skip (the ball) and get a large open look, and I take that look any day of the week. After which I believe we got one other one,” Latest Trier coach Scott Fricke said. “Give (Evanston) credit, but we didn’t play well.”
Trevians senior Will Leemaster (12) contests Johnny Dickson’s shot on the rim on Friday night.
A sold-out crowd visited Winnetka for the primary Latest Trier-Evanston basketball battle within the Trevians latest athletic facilities, which opened this school yr.
The doubleheader began with a high-flying girls contest, during which the Wildkits prevailed 79-68 after turning around an eight-point halftime deficit (details below).
In between the contests, Latest Trier honored the eight latest members of its athletics Hall of Honor.
While the celebration wouldn’t last, Latest Trier did jump out to a 12-6 lead, due to first-quarter threes from Ian Brown and Danny Houlihan and two inside buckets from Colby Smith (9 points).
The Trevians shooting woes began within the second quarter, when it made only one field goal — a Chris Kirkpatrick (8 points) three. The Wildkits (19-9) limited the Trevians’ prolific three-point shooting, and the Trevians, in turn, were missing their shots near the rim.
Evanston cut the Trevs’ lead to simply two, 19-17, by halftime.
“We got shots off, we didn’t make so much,” Fricke said. “We missed free throws. We missed bunnies on the rim. It gave the impression of we could’t make a shot. I believed our defense did a reasonably good job. We held them to 37 points.”
The house team’s struggles only mounted within the second half, as they scored just six points to the visitors’ 11, which gave Evanston a 28-25 advantage heading into the ultimate period.
The Wildkits kept Latest Trier off the glass throughout the period and second half, outrebounding the Trevs 10-5 within the third quarter.
Fricke and senior Logan Feller (9 points) said the Trevians were affected by the Wildkits’ defensive pressure. As an alternative of attacking it, they played with it, each lamented.
“They were doing a fantastic job putting pressure on the ball and making it hard for us entering into our offense and doing what we wish to do,” Feller said. “A whole lot of credit to them, but for us, we now have to return into these games with a unique mentality and more toughness in mind. We’ve to be those that force the problem in the longer term.”
The rivals went toe to toe within the fourth quarter, trading points and long possessions.
After each teams made 1-of-2 free throws, the sport was knotted at 35-35 with a minute to play and the ball in Latest Trier’s possession.
Chris Kirkpatrick rises for a floater on his approach to 8 points for Latest Trier.
However the Trevians threw the ball away, and a 3rd straight Trevs’ foul put Evanston’s Peters on the free-throw line for the eventual game-winning points within the Wildkits’ fourth straight victory.
The loss was Latest Trier’s sixth of the season. Five of those losses were decided by five points or fewer.
“We got to seek out a approach to win these one-, two-point games,” Feller said. “Last yr … we got here out on top in those really close, gritty games. We’re right there. The difference between winning and losing at the highschool level is so small. It’s just making that one play at any point in the sport to get us over the hump. We understand how close we’re and that is all only a learning experience for the playoffs and this shouldn’t be going to occur again.”
The result gave the Trevians (22-6, 6-2) their second Central Suburban League South lack of the season, but unexpectedly, it didn’t squash their probabilities of a league title. That’s because a couple of miles away on Friday, Maine South — previously winless within the CSL South — shocked league frontrunner Glenbrook North with a 47-38 victory.
If Latest Trier tops GBS (20-5, 5-3) on Feb. 6 and GBN (21-5, 8-1) on Feb. 9— each games in Winnetka — to complete its conference season, the Trevians and Spartans will each get a share of the conference crown.
Latest Trier girls’ lead slips disappears in second half
Within the night’s opener, Latest Trier senior Sela Klein placed on a show in the primary half, scoring 19 points to assist her team out to an eight-point halftime lead, 36-28.
But Evanston used halftime to regroup and flipped the script on their hosts within the third quarter.
The Wildkits went on a 21-4 run to begin the second half and went into the ultimate quarter with a 55-45 lead.
The Trevians didn’t back down, nonetheless, scoring 23 points in the ultimate quarter. Nevertheless it wasn’t enough, as Evanston earned a 79-68 victory.
Wildkits senior Kailey Starks scored 24 of her game-high 28 points within the second half, while Zuri Ransom added 19 and Arianna Milam-Pryor 15.
Klein finished with 22 for the Trevians, while Charlotte Dellin had 13 and KJ Sacarro 12.
The loss keeps Latest Trier head coach Teri Rodgers at 599 wins for one more night. The Trevians will try to provide Rodgers win No. 600 on Saturday, Feb. 3, against Schaumburg. Latest Trier then hosts Maine East on Tuesday, Feb. 6, and Libertyville on Thursday, Feb. 8.
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