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Geneva's Morgan Seberger moves the ball against St. Thomas More. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media
After allowing a school-record 51 points to Batavia’s Liza Fruendt in a loss Friday, Geneva’s girls basketball team’s reward was facing one of the nation’s best players at the McDonald’s Shootout at Willowbrook Saturday.
Class 2A power St. Thomas More features the nation’s top sophomore, athletic 6-foot-4 Tori McCoy, and she lived up to the billing Saturday, scoring 25 points to go with 17 rebounds and five blocked shots.
But Geneva hung with Sabres, leading the game with 3:06 left. St. Thomas More finished with a 13-4 run, however, to hand the Vikings a 65-57 loss.
“It’s been a tough two days,” Geneva coach Sarah Meadows said. “I feel like we were right there in this game. We played fantastic in the third quarter. Wish we could have played like that the whole game. They’re a good team. We thought it would be a big win for us. I don’t think we were expected to win this game. We just thought it would be a big ‘W’ for us.”
St. Thomas More (19-2) jumped out to a 13-2 lead and it looked like the Sabres may leave Geneva in its wake. But the Vikings (14-6) fought back.
They cut the lead to 18-14 at the end of the first thanks to eight points from Morgan Seberger.
Down 35-26 at the half, Geneva exploded in the third quarter to take over the game. The Vikings outscored the Sabres 18-5, and Seberger was in the middle of it again with nine points.
“I think what really helped us was that the middle was wide open so we decided to have cutters go through the middle to get open shots,” Seberger said. “That got us back into the game. I think we just hit shots and looked for the open girl. It was good that we beat them 18-5 in the third quarter, but it stinks that we were up in the fourth quarter and couldn’t finish.”
Two free throws from Grace Loberg gave Geneva a 55-53 lead with 3:32 left in the game, but the Sabres finished on a 13-4 run to pull away for the win.
“I had faith in our kids to be able to finish it off and play with that same energy,” St. Thomas More coach Chris Menning said. “It was good to see the kids respond in a tight situation and come back for the first time. You can’t simulate that in practice.”
Seberger led the Vikings with 21 points. Janie McCloughan added 13 points and Abby Novak scored 10.