Streamwoods girls basketball team inched a little closer to its first outright conference championship Tuesday night.
Led by their terrific trio of Deja Moore, Jessica Cerda and Hannah McGlone, the Sabres (17-4, 8-1) took a major step toward at least a share of their first conference title in 23 years with a 62-53 Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory over St. Charles East (12-11, 7-3) in St. Charles.
Moore, a 5-7 senior guard, led the way with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals, while 6-foot junior center Hannah McGlone had 19 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocked shots, and 5-9 senior guard/forward Jessica Cerda added 18 points, as Streamwood maintained its 1-game lead over Geneva (6-2) in the UEC River Division.
Together, they accounted for 92 percent of the Sabres offense (57 of their 62 points) and scored all 36 of the teams second-half points.
Each one is a little bit different, Sabres coach George Rosner said of his 3 standouts. We try to move them around and put them in different positions. Well post up Deja (Moore) at times. They can all go inside.
The first half featured a pair of huge momentum swings, as the Sabres scored 14 unanswered points to turn an 11-9 lead into a 25-9 advantage midway through the second quarter only to have the Saints counter with an 11-0 run over the last 2:45 of the period to pull within 26-22 by halftime.
The Saints surge was fueled by 6 points from junior guard Amanda Hilton and a 3-point play from sophomore guard/forward Kyra Washington.
We had a great start offensively and I felt more importantly, defensively, said Rosner. We had a bad run and that let them get back into the game but we stayed focused.
St. Charles East kept its momentum going by scoring the first 5 points of the second half, as a baseline jumper from senior Carly Pottle (14 points) gave the Saints their first lead of the game, 27-26.
The lead didnt last long, however.
McGlones inside basket and a 3-pointer from Cerda her third of the game helped propel an 8-0 run that put the Sabres ahead to stay.
The turnovers came and we started to rush it, said Saints coach Lori Drumtra. I think the adrenaline was flying through our bodies.
Streamwood, which led 46-36 after 3 quarters, extended its lead to as many as 14 in the fourth quarter before the Saints mounted one last comeback.
A rare 4-point play from Hilton (20 points), Pottles 3-pointer from the top of the key and her tough-angle, behind-the-backboard baseline shot trimmed the deficit to 56-53 with 2:11 remaining.
But the Saints were held scoreless the rest of the way, and the Sabres put the game at the free-throw line, where they were 21 of 28 (the Saints were 4 of 6).
When I think back on this game, I think of missed opportunities and turnovers, rushing and not taking our time on offense, said Drumtra, whose team fell 2 games behind the Sabres in the loss column. Right now, theyve got a distinct advantage but they have to play Geneva and Batavia again. Its still kind of up for grabs.
Laney Deckrow added 6 points and 10 rebounds for the Saints, who entertain Batavia Saturday.
Streamwood hosts Geneva Friday night.
Theyre going to be ready for us, said Rosner, whose team handed Geneva a 53-45 loss on Dec. 12. Weve got to refocus tomorrow and get ready for them.
This win meant a lot to us, said Moore. We want to make history at Streamwood High.