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Fenwick fell short of its goal to score 80 points per game, but the Friars ran out the clock on Loyola in the last two minutes of their nonconference game Thursday night.
The strategy worked after Loyola rallied from a 20-point deficit with 15 consecutive points. The No. 9 Friars beat the host Ramblers for the first time in three years with a 74-63 victory behind junior guard Jade Owen’s game-high 23 points.
Loyola (4-2) lost its second consecutive game without senior guard and leading scorer Anna Schueler in the lineup. Schueler tore the meniscus in her left knee Nov. 23 against Bogan in the New Trier Thanksgiving tournament. Ramblers coach Jeremy Schoenecker before Thursday night’s game said Schueler is expected to miss another week and will not have surgery on her knee after receiving an examination earlier in the day.
Senior guard Carly Callans scored 12 of her career-high 17 points in the first half to lead Loyola, which tied the game twice in the first half at 8-8 and 18-18, but never led.
“She’s our best player,” Callans said of Schueler. “She’s always on. Everyone is confident when she is in the game. She never messes up. It’s tough without her.”
Guards Maggie Nick (14 points, 14 rebounds) and Mary Kate Herion (10 points, six rebounds) were the only Loyola starters to reach double figures in scoring.
Owen’s 10-foot running jumper with 7:26 remaining in the fourth quarter put Fenwick (6-0) ahead 66-46, but the Ramblers threatened with a 15-0 run capped by Nck’s full-court layup.
“Against Resurrection (Nov. 23) we had them down 28 and they came back to come within 11,” Fenwick coach Dave Power. “The only thing I didn’t like was that we fouled too much. When we foul, they get to rest.”
Loyola tried to match Fenwick’s up-tempo pace, but couldn’t keep up with eight players. The Friars used 13 different players with mass substitutions of five players each to reach their scoring goal.
“I think this is really fun,” Owens said. “We play well in this system and everybody picks up their play.”
Maggie Reilly scored a season-high 19 points, including 5-of-13 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc for Fenwick.