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North Shore Country Day School
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Lake Forest Academy
Loss 10-38

JV boys basketball kicked off their 2021 campaign with a home game/scrimmage/practice day one after returning from the November Break. The Caxys had success running basic motion offense in the first half but were so locked in on sets they forgot to take a shot at the basket every few cycles. Zab Alvarez ’24 would take the lead on that example with a couple of textbook leg & hip positioning, meet the pass to post, drop step & pivot layup off the glass--twice. Harry Luo ’24 did the same from the left side later in the half. Carlos Minjares ’25 and Lucas Feltzin ’24 rounded out the scoring from the perimeter to account for all 10 points for the group.

All 18 ballers played this first tilt back. Ironically, the second and third groups proved more aggressive attacking zone and man gaps with dribble drive and spot up jumpers from exploiting a space while maintaining a moving/balanced offensive floor. Still, the lid on the rim won such that not one buck or free throw went through in the second half. Lapses on defense and careless turnovers compounded things such that the final score had LFA drop one to NSCD 38-10.

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North Shore Country Day School
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Lake Forest Academy
Loss 43-57

The varsity Black team took the floor for the first time this season as part of the Independent School League of the IHSA. The crowd was energized by the cheerleading squad and it made for a great atmosphere.

The Caxys had a spectacular start, climbing to a 14-5 lead in the first quarter following some aggressive drives and threes by Michael Xing ’23 and Heewoong Kim ’23. Myke Chen ’23 did a great job running point guard and Joey Chen ’25 added 4 points in the quarter being aggressive to the basket. LFA slumped a bit in the second quarter, but carried the lead 24-23 at half time. They continued to slump in the second half going down 38-31 in the third, then falling 57-43. The Caxys had it to a 7 point difference with a chance to get it to 4 or 5 a couple times later in the fourth. Eventually, tired legs and lack of experience caught up to them as LFA fell short.

There were a lot of positives to take away, including great games by Michael Xing adding 21 points with three 3's, Myke Chen with 14 points, Joey Chen with 4 and Heewoong Kim with 4. Salajan English ’24 and Richard Zhang ’23 both contributed a lot of minutes and helped bring a physicality in the paint. Carter Shi ’22 and TJ Minsky ’23 also played some important minutes with Jordan Sebolt ’23 coming in for a few as well.

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Grayslake Central High School
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LFA Glore Gym
Loss

The JV girls basketball team started their season on November 23, 2021, against HRK. As it was the first game in the season the team needed time to get the jitters out. A tough match-up from start to finish, the game ended in a loss.

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Grayslake Central High School
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LFA Glore Gym
Win 36-33

LFA faced off at home for the first time this season, against Grayslake Central. With a slow start in the beginning, the Caxys struggled to get shots to fall on the offensive end. Defensively, LFA was at an even bigger disadvantage as they tried to match up against a team with a lot more height. Grayslake took an early lead of 9-2, but the Caxys were able to claw back, ending the first quarter tied at 9-9.

In the second quarter, both teams struggled to score offensively, leaving LFA scoreless and Grayslake ahead by 4 points ending the half at 13-9. In the second half both teams seemed to have new found energy and determination, because the battle finally began. Tatum Young ’23, Emi Sierra ’24 and Yacine Ndiaye ’23 started to attack on the offensive end, while fighting hard to match up on the defensive end as well. With buckets going back and forth on both ends, LFA was able to regain some momentum but were still down going into the fourth at 23-22. Going into the final quarter, it came down to who could execute the small things better and who wanted it more. LFA started the fourth quarter in attack mode, stretching the lead more and more, making it difficult for Grayslake to recover. Down to the last stretch and a buzzer beater from Grayslake, it was not enough to stop LFA's impact, ending with a well earned 36-33 victory!

Some key highlights; Amazing job by Tatum Young guarding their best player (a 6ft guard) and still coming out with 11 points offensively. Emi Sierra with a huge 13 points, followed by Yacine Ndiaye with 8 points. Also, some key minutes and defensive moments from Emma Ye ’23 and Mariana Quiroz ’22.

splash poster for varsity girls basketball 2021-22 schedule

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Christian Liberty Academy
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Lake Forest Academy
Win 51-16

The boys were back at it last in a game against Christian Liberty Academy. It was a fun game which featured twelve (!) of our players scoring as we won handily with a running clock, 51-16.

For the night, Myke Chen ’23 scored 2 points, TJ Minsky ’23 had 5, Joey Chen ’25 added 4, Richard Zhang ’23 added a 3, Jordan Sebolt ’23 had 5, Salajan English ’24 had 5, Nick Biscula ’23 had 2, Jonathan Xiao ’24 had 4, Daniel Wu ’24 had 4, Heewoong Kim ’23 had 2, Carter Shi ’22 had 3 and Michael Xing ’23 led all scorers with 12.

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