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Rosary's Emma Leuer (right) is fouled by Larkin's Shawndre'a Hill during Thursday's game in Oswego. | Donnell Collins~For Sun-Times Media
After struggling through a three-game losing streak, Rosary coach Jessie Wilcox was hoping to see her team show some life in Thursday’s Oswego Holiday Classic matchup against Larkin.
Wilcox came away pleased.
The Royals set the tone early, leading by as many as 20 points in the first half, and never looked back in a 59-26 win.
“We needed to focus on no matter what the other team does, we needed to work on ourselves,” Wilcox said. “We’ve kind of been in a slump lately, and it can get to you mentally. We just needed to go out there and play basketball. We knew if we did that, we should win, but we still needed to stay focused and disciplined and work on what we needed to improve on.”
Larkin (1-10) has had its own struggles so far this season, and fell out of contention early against Rosary. Early in the second quarter, Rosary (6-8) had already built a 20-6 lead. A 9-0 run keyed by four points from Quincy Kellett and a three-pointer from Karly Tate pushed the lead to 31-11 with 1:30 left in the half.
A 10-0 run in the third was capped by another Tate three-pointer to push the lead out to 41-16, and Rosary cruised from there. Rosary added a 14-3 run in the fourth quarter for good measure.
“It was great,” Tate said. “We definitely needed that win to get us back on track. We’re definitely planning to use this momentum to fuel us for Saturday.”
Tate led a balanced attack for Rosary with 13 points. Mary Wentworth added 11 in the win. Larkin was led by sophomore Quixmia Washington with a game-high 15 points.
Rosary will face Minooka at 3 p.m. in the tournament’s fifth-place game Saturday. Larkin faces Glenbard East at 1:30 p.m. in the seventh-place game.
“It was good to finally get a win,” Wilcox said. “I hope that they get some confidence and take it with them into the next game. It’s our last game for about two weeks, so that would be a nice Christmas present.”