Raider Boys' Basketball
Wednesday, January 9 vs. North Ridge Prep
The Raider boys were edged out Wednesday night by North Ridge Prep, 52-50.
"Both teams enjoyed comfortable leads during the course of the contest. North Ridge Prep moved the ball patiently early on and pulled ahead by six points early in the game, before the Raiders mounted a solid run to end the third period sparked by solid defense and rebounding. The Raiders' three leading scorers and senior captains, Swimmer, Hall and Curren combined for 42 of the team's 50 points. North Ridge prep played a more "spread-the-wealth" type of game with contributions coming from 8 players as well as their leading scorer, Stoll, who dropped in 12 points."
—Coach Rashid Smith
Friday, January 11 vs. Morgan Park Academy
"Despite being 'out-sized,' the smaller, less-experienced Morgan Park Academy team never quit. The Raiders pulled ahead by 30, but Morgan Park continued to compete. In fact, the game got interesting at the four-minute mark of the third period. With senior guard Austin Curren sidelined early on, the Raiders' inside out duo of Jamie Swimmer and Riley Hall put their imprint all over the game along with fellow senior Tim Morrette outpacing MPA by thirty.
At this junction, the game seemed in hand and I pulled the trio. Down 30, Morgan Park quickly became aggressive, getting the free throw line and nailing uncontested jumpers. They were able to slash the deficit to a paltry 13-point Raider advantage. Following a quick timeout and the insertion of Hall, Morette and Swimmer back into the line-up, North Shore regained its edge and put MPA away for good. Swimmer finished with 23 points, followed by Hall and Morette with 20 and 11 respectively."
The final score was Raiders 71, Morgan Park Academy 56.
Raider Girls' Basketball
Shooting Struggles Sink Raiders After 3-Week Layoff
A last-second victory that put them over the .500 mark three weeks ago became a distant memory as the Raiders' return to the court Wednesday the 9th and Thursday the 10th left them in a team-wide shooting slump and a 6-7 record.
Tall and experienced University High, now 14-2 having won a holiday tournament against Chicago Public and Catholic League schools, overwhelmed the young Raiders — who start four sophomores — 61-22 hitting five of six 3-pointers in the first quarter and outshooting them for the night 44 to 18 percent. The only consolation for North Shore was that they played their opponents even in turnovers, fouls, and offensive rebounds.
The team's shooting woes continued in a 32-31 loss to Lycée Français that saw them shoot 21 percent while failing to capitalize on forcing 31 turnovers, putting up 16 more shots, and grabbing 19 offensive rebounds to their opponents' 10.
Sophomore guard Annie Kroll led the Raiders' scoring with 23 points over the two games while junior forward Becca Slotkin grabbed 22 rebounds — 11 on the offensive boards.
North Shore Scoring Summary:
University High 61, North Shore 22.
Nolan 2, Kroll 6, Gordon 2, Slotkin 2, Fogel 2, Fuchs 0, Robertson 0.
Lycée Français 32, North Shore 31.
Nolan 3, Kroll 17, Gordon 0, Slotkin 5, Vohra 2, McCarthy 1, Redzovic 3, Fogel 0, Fuchs 0.
North Shore Country Day School, established in 1919, is a college-preparatory school of 500 students in grades junior kindergarten through 12th grade, located at 310 Green Bay Road in Winnetka.