Senior Allison Hlavin has a theory about the Benet girls basketball teams balanced scoring.
Were never selfish, the Redwings co-captain said. We all trust each other with the ball, we know what each other can do, so we love to just help others and help ourselves too.
Loyola didnt know which way to turn Saturday afternoon in Lisle as the Redwings helped themselves and each other to scoring chances, getting ahead early and winning big, 54-29. The Redwings earned assists on 14 of their 22 field goals in the nonconference game.
Weve got a great group of girls out there, Hlavin added. We all fit well together. We all love each other so much, and its just fun to play with everybody.
The Redwings (7-2) had a lot of fun jumping out to a 9-2 lead less than three minutes into the game, going up 16-5 on an Emily Eshoo 3-pointer with a minute left in the first quarter.
Weve just been working really hard in practice lately, working on our defense especially because our coaches said we need to clean that up a bit, Hlavin said. I just think our hard work has paid off and we got off to a good start today.
We didnt really play well from the start, never really got on track, Loyola coach Jeremy Schoenecker said. Benets a real good team and knocked down some shots. It really was a bad day for us.
The rout continued in the second quarter, with the Redwings taking a 30-12 lead a minute before halftime on Morgan Thomallas steal and lefty layup.
Everybody scored, Benet coach Peter Paul said. I thought we took care of the basketball. We didnt have many turnovers. When we rebound, were able to rebound, were not a bad ballclub. The young kids were rolling together, and were doing better.
Eshoo, a sophomore guard, came off the bench to lead the Redwings with 12 points, adding 5 rebounds. Emily Schramek, another sophomore, added 10 points, and nine of the 10 Redwings who played scored.
Weve got a lot of young kids and theyre getting the opportunity to play, and theyre taking advantage of it, Paul said.
Loyolas best player, senior guard Anna Schueler, saw her first action since injuring her left knee more than a week ago, though she originally was expected to be out 4-6 weeks. She clearly favored the knee and made just 2 of 11 shots.
We werent going to play her as much as we did, said Schoenecker, whose Ramblers fell to 4-3. But she felt good and said she could go.