It would appear that New Trier has figured some things out.
Sparked by Kristie Kalis and Cate Murdock, the Trevians soundly defeated host Maine South 51-31 on Dec. 6. They have now won four of their last five games.
“The kids have devoted themselves,” said New Trier head coach Teri Rodgers. “They’re committed to get better.”
The Trevians (10-7, 2-3) made 45 percent of their shots and turned the ball over only 10 times against Maine South.
Kalis, a senior guard, ended up with 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Murdock, a junior guard, had 13 points and three assists.
Junior post player Jacqueline Vinson helped out with nine points, three rebounds and two steals.
“We’re learning how to play hard, play smart,” said Rodgers.
And the Trevians are playing unselfishly.
“We’re playing equal-opportunity basketball,” Rodgers said.
New Trier is coming off a strong showing at the Dundee-Crown Christmas Tournament. The Trevians beat Maine South 41-38 in the second round and wound up topping Fenwick 57-50 in the fifth-place game.
Prior that tourney, NT dropped a troubling 44-28 contest to visiting Evanston.
A break in the action helped.
“After the Evanston game, we had five days of practice. Five solid days of practice,” said Rodgers. “It was a good block of time to find out who we are.
“No one on this team played a lot last year,” the coach added. “It can take a half year to get things down. To figure things out.”
New Trier came out firing in the opening quarter at Maine South. Cate Murdock, Katherine Gjertsen, Kalis and Gaby Malnati hit three-pointers to give the Trevians a 16-7 advantage.
Kalis then opened the second quarter with a deep three from the right corner. And she later capped the quarter by hitting a pair of free throws to put the Trevians in front 29-15.
“Our two senior starters (Kalis and Gjertsen) have been setting the tone for us,” said Rodgers.
New Trier Game Balls: Kristie Kalis, Cate Murdock
Maine South Game Ball: Hannah Schilling
Player of the Game: Kalis
New Trier Stat Leaders: Kalis (13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks), Murdock (13 points, 3 assists), Jacqueline Vinson (9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals), Katherine Gjertsen (5 points, 2 steals), Maggie Murdock (2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals), Taite Ryan (6 rebounds, 2 steals)
Maine South Stat Leaders: Schilling (9 points, 3 3-pointers), Sophia Albano (8 points)
Notable: Jeannie Boehm has a made a quick adjustment to the college game. The 2016 NT graduate has started all 13 games for 12-1 Harvard University. The 6-foot-3 forward is averaging 7.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game. … Autumn Kalis, a freshman at Carthage College in Kenosha, is coming off the bench and averaging 8.8 points per game. She is shooting 47 percent from three-point land (22-47). The Lady Reds are 8-4 on the season. … Kathryn Pedi is a freshman reserve for Holy Cross. In limited action, she leads the Crusaders (2-12) in three-point shooting percentage (6-13, .462). … Freshman guard Haley Greer was off to a fine start at Colgate — averaging 8.1 points per game — before a back injury sent her to the sidelines for the remainder of the season.