Lakes' girls basketball team opened up the Northern Illinois Holiday Classic with a 70-35 win over Harvard at Woodstock on Friday night, giving coach Pete Schneider a birthday gift.
"We had great week of practice," Schneider said. "It is unusual for us to get four days of practice in a row during the season. We were ready to get in a game instead of listening to me and Nick (assistant coach Balaban). We challenged the kids to play on offense with the same intensity that we play on defense. We attacked the basket well tonight."
Lakes' Terese McMahon led all scorers with 16 points. Alexis Lee added 12, and Shelby Trkla had 8.
"(Harvard coach) John Tally does a great job with his kids," Schneider said. "I know where he is at, as it was us three years ago. He is developing a program and will do fine."
Harvard was led by Randi Blazier and Makenna Powell with 12 points each.
Lakes (6-5) plays twice at Woodstock today, facing Crystal Lake Central at 10:30 a.m. and McHenry at 2:30 p.m.
Grayslake North 45, Wauconda 21: At Marengo, Shyanne Ludwick and Brittney Thibeaux scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, as the undefeated Knights won the Northern Illinois Holiday Classic opener.
Grayslake North (10-0) led 17-2 after one quarter.
Wauconda (2-8) got 7 points from Natalie Harding and 6 apiece from Lauren Nee and Dani Sturm.
Hersey 42, Grayslake Central 32: Alex Dahlstrom scored 12 points for the host Rams, who fell to 6-5 with the nonconference loss.
Grayslake Central led 27-22 after three quarters before getting outscored 20-5 in the fourth.