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Basketball Wrap-Up

February 12, 2019

 

The 5-6 Grade Girls were a big team with 17 players - an enthusiastic bunch! Teamwork, persistence and hustle were there from the start. Over the course of the season, they also developed tough team defense and deployed the basics of a set offense marked by great ball movement. The team opened with two thrillers—a close win and a triple-OT loss—then returned from the holidays to nearly shut out Erie before dropping their last two games to top opponents en route to a 2-5 fifth-place conference finish. Having fun & eager to keep learning, the girls asked to continue practices even after the season ended; they’re still meeting twice a week until spring sports begin.
 
The Boys 5th Grade team finished with a solid 4-2 record and tied for 3rd place in the 5th/6th Grade Clemente division, losing only to LaSalle and Pritzker (the top two teams in their division). The group put forth their best effort each & every game and saw great improvement throughout the season, resulting in a string of wins toward the end of their season. A special “shout-out” to our Boys 5th grade team, who often received compliments from opposing coaches, attendees/parents, game officials and facility managers for their character & behavior both on and off the court, which is something our boys should be very proud of.
 
Building off last year’s momentum, our Boys 6th grade team really came together this season and finished with an impressive 5-1 record! These players were serious about improving their skills individually & utilizing their basketball fundamentals collectively in practice & in games to implement plays/good ball movement on the court. The highlight of their season was the final game against Pritzker, overcoming an 8-point deficit by double-teaming their best player, ultimately inching their way to a 33-32 victory!
 
Skinner's 7th/8th Boy's basketball season was full of drama with highs, lows and much excitement in between. The team started the season with a thriller versus De Diego losing by one point in overtime, 21-22. What followed was three weeks of healthy losses because of shifting rosters due to SEHS testing conflicts for many our 8th graders. However, the team rallied in their final two games topping Erie 30-21 and CICS-Bucktown 28-18. This 2-game winning streak was enough to earn a spot in the conference playoffs. This past Saturday, our team was paired up against Ogden, the #1 team in our conference. Despite some solid offense & defense early in the game and a tied score of 7-7 after the first quarter, our 7th/8th grade boys eventually fell to the #1 seeded team, bringing our team’s season to a close.
 
A BIG congratulations to all of our Skinner North basketball players for an exciting basketball season! And a special THANK YOU to our wonderful basketball coaches for their support and mentoring throughout this basketball season!

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