Regardless of the sport or the athletes playing, every time that area rivals in Antioch and Lakes square up against one another it proves to be an exciting and competitive showdown.

The battle lived up to all of its expectations Dec. 8, as the Eagles jumped out to an early advantage only to have the Lady Sequoits battle their way back for the victory in a contest that came down to the wire to decide.

By the time that it was all said and done, it was the Antioch girls’ basketball team that came away with the 30-28 North Suburban Conference win over the Eagles on their home court in Lake Villa. The victory improved the Sequoits to an impressive 7-3 overall on the season and to 3-0 in league play for the year.

“We got off to a slow start by falling behind early and by as many as eight points in the third quarter due to several turnovers and poor shooting,” Antioch head coach Tim Borries said. “But fortunately we were able to stay within ourselves and focused to battle our way back for the win in the end.”

The Sequoits trailed 9-6 through the first eight minutes of play, as they struggled to keep possession of the ball and put it in the hoop. Neither team was able to have any type of success offensively in the second quarter, as they both reached for just four points apiece as the Eagles clung to the 13-10 lead at the half.

Antioch tried to make some adjustments at the break, but still came out a little flat in the second half as they just couldn’t find their rhythm. Despite being outscored 5-0 at one point in the third quarter, the Sequoits trailed by just five points with a quarter to play at 21-16.

Fortunately though, Antioch would save their best play for last when it counted the most as they would double up the Eagles by a 14-7 margin in the fourth to pull off the come-from-behind victory. Senior captain Megan Borries drained a pair of three pointers down the stretch to get the Sequoits back into it and give them a chance.

Then Abbi McIlhany hit a jumper for her only points of the game to tie the score at 28-28 with 24 ticks left. Alex Fracek followed by stealing the inbound pass and was fouled on her lay-up attempt, where she hit a pair of free throws with two seconds left to seal the win.

The Sequoits were led by Borries with 12 points and Paige Gallimore adding seven more. Carly McCameron contributed huge off of the bench as she finished with seven boards, five points and two blocked shots, as Fracek led the team with 10 rebounds.


Sequoits trounce the Lady Bulldogs

Just one day prior, the Sequoits made easily work of Grant by dominating the Lady Bulldogs from all angles of the game. They were rewarded for their efforts by pulling off the commanding 60-31 NSC win Dec. 7th in Antioch.

“We came out strong and took control early on, thanks to some clutch shooting efforts and solid defensive play,” Borries said. “We had a nice and balanced attack by spreading the ball around, as 12 different players scored for us in the game.”

This game was over before it even started, as the Sequoits came out with a lot of intensity and buried the Bulldogs before they even knew what had hit them. Antioch outscored the Bulldogs 17-3 in the first quarter and continued to pour it on in the quarter by a 13-7 margin to increase their lead to 30-10 at the half and they never looked back.

The Sequoits were feuded by Borries with 12 points and a pair of three pointers, as Schwabe added 11 points including knocking down three treys on the night. Gallimore finished with 10 points and two three-pointers, as McCameron had eight rebounds, six points and a pair of blocks.



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