Rivalry game is no contest
By P.J. Bonato Special to The News-Sun December 9, 2012 6:22PM
Lake Villa Saturday, 12/8/12 Antioch's Tyler Innis (20) has a shot rejected by Lakes' Jon Gomulka (31) during the second quarter of Saturday evening's game. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
PREP BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
Antioch 30, Lakes 28 —Alex Fracek hit two free throws with two seconds left to break the tie. Megan Borries hit two clutch three-point shots in the fourth to cut into the Lakes lead, and Abbi McIlhany hit her single jumper with 24 seconds left in the game to tie it. On the Lakes inbound, Alex Fracek stole the ball and was fouled on her layup with two seconds to go. Antioch’s 7-3 overall.
Grant 57, Highland Park 53 (ot) — It was back-to-back overtime wins for the Bulldogs. Steve Dunning had 21 points in the win.
Providence-St. Mel 78, North Chicago 63 — The Warhawks’ first venture out of Lake County was a disaster, as JayQuan McCloud and JaVairius Amos-Mays combined to shot 3-of-23 from three-point range.
Waukegan 51, St. Charles North 50 — The Bulldogs (5-4) completed a perfect 2-0 weekend with this win.
Updated: January 11, 2013 6:14AM
The Lakes/Antioch basketball rivalry continues to be great fun for the fans, but no fun at all for the players wearing Antioch’s school colors.
On Saturday, host Lakes scored the game’s first 12 points and dominated throughout to beat Antioch 64-28 in a North Suburban Conference Prairie Division prep boys basketball game.
Lakes has now won 13 consecutive games in this intradistrict matchup, and holds a 15-2 all-time edge in the series that began when Lakes opened and took half of Antioch’s students nine years ago.
Saturday’s game was decided early. In the first three minutes, Antioch had five turnovers and one missed shot, while Lakes was 5-of-11 shooting with four offensive rebounds. Score: 12-0.
It got to 32-12 and then to 39-18 at halftime.
The highlight the rest of the way was the announcement that fans donated 420 canned-good items and $100 for the Open Arms Mission food pantry in Antioch.
For Lakes, Troy Swindle had 15 points and Jake Kohler 14.
“We’re just building on wins right now,” said Swindle of the Eagles, who have won five in a row and will take a 7-2 record into Thursday’s showdown for first place with North Chicago. “It was nice to keep the momentum going from last night (a 57-54 win over Grayslake North). We’ve been working hard on our press and picking up the tempo.”
Jake Kohler, a 6-4 senior who played on the blocks in this game, was fired up afterward.
“Everyone was pumped up. Our defense has been our focus and was solid tonight,” he said.
Lakes coach Chris Snyder liked the way his team played pressure defense against Antioch.
“It’s something that about a week ago we put in. We have the right personnel for it,” he said. “And we have been seeing some results. The press highlights our strength with our athleticism.”
That defense forced 11 first-quarter turnovers on Saturday.
For Antioch, no player had more than six points.
“This was a tough game to say the least,” said Antioch coach Jim White. “They are big and swarmed us and we had trouble moving the ball.”