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Sierra Clayborn grabs a rebound

Evanston's Sierra Clayborn grabs a rebound during Saturday's game at Loyola in Wilmette. | Nic Summers/for Sun-Times Media

Evanston 52, Loyola 45

The Evanston girls basketball team bounced back from Friday night’s disappointing loss to Maine South with a victory Saturday over the Ramblers in a non-conference game in Wilmette. Elliot Whitefield called the previous night’s 46-29 loss his team's worst performance in his two-plus seasons in charge at Evanston. The Wildkits played sloppy at times Saturday, but Whitefield said the effort was good and he said he liked how his team closed out the game when it got tight down the stretch.   

Leading 25-23 with two minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Wildkits (10-2) finished the frame with a 10-1 run to build their lead up to 11. Evanston seniors Seara and Sierra Clayborn each hit a 3-pointer during the Wildkits’ key run.

Evanston senior Dashae Shumate, who has committed to Howard, led her team with 23 points. She added nine rebounds. Loyola senior Maggie Nick scored nine of her game-high 25 in the fourth quarter, helping her team get within four, 49-45, in the final minute. But the Ramblers (5-5) got no closer.

Loyola hit nine 3-pointers, but had just two 2-point field goals in the contest.

“Our effort has been so up and down [recently]. Even though we were sloppy at times [Saturday], the effort was there. I can live with sloppy ball as long as we’re competing and playing hard. We really played hard after playing so poorly against Maine South.” – Whitefield

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