Dundee-Crown's girls basketball team wasn't about to let a season-starting 9-game losing streak reach 10.
Sparked by a 20-point effort from Jillian Weichmann, the Chargers claimed their first win of the 2012-2013 season with a convincing 59-28 victory over Larkin in nonconference action in Carpentersville Tuesday night.
"It was a relief to win," said Dundee-Crown coach Michelle Russell. "The last five games we could have won. They were tough, close losses. We got off to a great start, got good shots and played good defense."
Making its first 4 shots of the game, D-C streaked out to an early 9-2 lead. Jordan Bartelt's long 3-pointer from the left corner gave the Chargers a 7-point cushion with 4:22 left in the first quarter.
D-C never lost its intensity and kept building on the lead the entire game. Led by 9 points from Weichmann, the Chargers had an 18-6 lead after 8 minutes. The senior made all 4 of her shots in the quarter, including a 3-pointer.
With freshman Frankie Cavallaro scoring 5 points including a trey the Chargers grabbed a 33-14 halftime lead.
D-C made sure there wouldn't be a Royal comeback by scoring the first 9 points of the second half, led by 5 points from Weichmann and 4 from Jereneka Baker, as the Chargers built an insurmountable 28-point, 42-14 advantage with 4:56 left in the third quarter.
Larkin didn't score until 2:44 was left in the quarter on a driving layup by Quixmia Washington to make the score 42-16.
Washington tried to keep her Royals (1-11) in the game, scoring 23 of her team's 28 points. She scored all 14 of Larkin's points in the second half.
"Quixmia had a good game, but overall we got beat by a better team tonight," said Larkin coach Reuben Flores. "They came out with great intensity trying to win that first win of the season. Their transition game killed us."
Cavallaro joined Weichmann in double figures with 11 points and connected on 3-of-5 from beyond the arc for the Chargers, who host District 300 rival Jacobs on Friday.
"It was a total relief to finally win a game," said Weichmann. "We have been close, but we came out strong tonight with great intensity. I was more of a defensive player last year, but with the loss of a lot of good offensive players from last year I have to score more."
D-C, which made 25-of-40 shots for 63 percent, was a sizzling 6-of-10 from 3-point range.