Three nights after Grant's boys basketball team nearly upset North Chicago, Vernon Hills nearly did the same Saturday.
The Cougars missed what would have been a game-winning 3-pointer, and host North Chicago escaped with a 72-70 win in North Suburban Prairie Division action.
North Chicago (17-3, 9-0) received 22 points apiece from JaVairius Amos-Mays and Kurt Hall.
Vernon Hills (11-9, 4-5) jumped out to a 10-0 lead, was up 12-10 at the end of one quarter and 32-28 at halftime.
Robby Nardini scored 25 points for the Cougars, while Michael Mariella added 15, including four 3-pointers. Matt Weaver chipped in 11 points.