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Geneva's Janie McCloughan (right) battles for the ball with Streamwood's Hannah McGlone on Wednesday in Geneva. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media
Streamwood coach George Rosner couldn’t remember ever winning at Geneva. Wednesday, his Sabres won a game they won’t soon forget.
Jessica Cerda had 23 points, including 15 in the second half, 6-foot junior Hannah McGlone added 13 points and eight rebounds, and Deja Moore contributed 12 points and a huge three-point play with 4:40 remaining as No. 21 Streamwood defeated the Vikings 53-45 in Upstate Eight River action.
“I’ve probably lost 10 in a row here, it’s hard to say,” Rosner said.
“We’ve never won here since they’ve been in the conference.”
The victory came on the heels of a loss to St. Charles East 24 hours earlier in which Streamwood (9-2, 4-1) fought to within a point early in the fourth quarter only to watch the Saints pull away over the final minutes.
“We were much better in the fourth quarter tonight than last night,” Rosner said. “We made some nice cuts, got some backdoors, Jessica got a little hot for us and we played a real tough fourth quarter defensively. Defensively, we were as good as we’ve been.”
McGlone scored 10 of her 13 points in the first half to keep the Sabres close. Her free throw with 4:22 left in the first half gave the visitors an 18-14 lead, but Geneva went on a 10-3 run to take a 24-21 advantage.
Moore’s basket at the buzzer following a steal by Cerda got the Sabres to within one at the break.
“They’re big and strong,” McGlone said.
“I’m a little sore, but it all goes away with a win. This was huge, especially coming off the St. Charles East game. I remembering looking at the clock in the fourth quarter and saying we got to push those last couple of minutes.”
Ellen Dwyer’s three-pointer gave Geneva a 37-34 lead 20 seconds into the fourth quarter, but Cerda answered with a three-pointer of her own seven seconds later.
The Vikings inched ahead again at 39-37, but Moore countered with 7:06 left.
After Geneva failed to score on its next possession, Cerda connected again from distance to give Streamwood the lead for good at 42-39.
Moore then scored five unanswered points, including a conventional three-point play with 4:40 left, to extend the advantage to 47-39.
“We knew had to come out strong in the fourth quarter because we knew they were going to come out strong in the fourth quarter,” Cerda said.
“We wanted to make sure we got a push and got the rhythm going. Once we get the rhythm going not too many people can stop us. We’re a strong team.”
The loss was the third straight for Geneva (7-5, 3-2), which got 11 points and six rebounds from Sydney Santos, 10 points from Sami Pawlak and 10 points and eight rebounds from sophomore Janie McCloughan.
“We had zero energy tonight,” Geneva coach Sarah Meadows said.
“Sydney (Santos) played well, but Janie for sure brought the energy we didn’t have. But you can’t have one kid playing with it. She’s the only one who had it tonight.”