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Streamwood's Hannah McGlone (right) drives to the basket as Bartlett's Elizabeth Arco defends Wednesday. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
In the first half Wednesday, Bartlett’s girls had dominated Streamwood in every way except the one that mattered most — the scoreboard.
The Sabres steadied themselves in the second half, regained the lead, then hit every single fourth-quarter foul shot to end a 12-game losing streak to the Hawks, 43-36 in a nonconference contest at Bartlett.
“Finally,” said senior guard Deja Moore, whose fourth-quarter play capped off the comeback.
Coach George Rosner’s Sabres last beat their neighbors to the south in 2002, so the veterans like Moore and Jessica Cerda, who scored 16 points each to lead their team, had known nothing but defeat at the hands of the Hawks.
“We have lost to Bartlett for I don’t know how many years and Rosner wanted to win bad and so did we,” Moore added.
The Hawks could get ahead by no more than 11 in the first half despite outrebounding Streamwood 24-12, scoring eight second-chance points, and netting 11 points after Sabres turnovers.
Liz Arco devastated the Sabres (11-2) on the boards in the first half with 12 of her 15 rebounds and nine of her team-high 11 points.
“I was worried,” Rosner said. “It was a bad start, they had a great game plan, their defense was a little different than what we’ve seen and they ran us a little bit, which surprised us. We were only down six at halftime, though. That’s what we took with us into the locker room. I said we’re not that far down and we had one offensive rebound and they had 11.”
The Sabres held the Hawks scoreless the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter. In the meantime, Moore put down a rebound bucket to get them within 31-28, and with 4:25 to play Cerda hit a three-pointer to net the 999th point of her career and knot the contest.
With 2:56 to play, Holly Foret broke the tie and gave Streamwood its first lead of the night with two free throws.
Moore then went to the line for six free throws in the final 1:44 as the Hawks had to foul after missing three field goal attempts at tying the game. Moore made all six and was 8-of-10 on the night from the line. The Sabres as a team made 10-of-10 fourth-quarter foul shots and held Bartlett to five fourth-quarter points.
“I usually only hit about half my free throws in a game,” Moore said. “I don’t know what the difference was tonight. I’ve been doing a lot of extra work, but I was probably more focused because it was Bartlett.”
Hannah McGlone, who had 10 rebounds and four points, made two foul shots with 44 seconds left to up the lead to 39-33 and put it out of Bartlett’s reach.
“Free throw shooting decides close games,” Rosner said. “We played like a veteran team down the stretch.”
Conversely, the Hawks (8-6) struggled like an inexperienced team at the end, making just 1-of-14 from the field in the fourth quarter after making 13-of-39 the first three quarters.
“Things we were doing early in the game — attacking the basket and going to the goal, being more aggressive offensively — you could see it happening like every coach has seen it, that we stopped doing it,” Hawks coach Denise Sarna said. “A veteran team takes advantage of that. They took advantage. Every day we get a little closer. We’re working now to establish the winning part of the game.”
Bartlett got 10 points from Alyssa Hernandez and seven from Chantel Zasada.
“Tonight we came out with great defensive effort, great effort on the boards, and in the fourth quarter I think we realized we were winning and we kind of played not to lose,” Sarna added.