2017-'18 Season Coverage
updated: 12/20/2013 10:31 PM

Geneva puts away Streamwood

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By Brian Schaumburg
Daily Herald Correspondent

Geneva girls basketball coach Sarah Meadows would like to see her to team take a lead and keep extending that lead.

The Vikings never trailed Friday night but didn't put Streamwood away until late in the third quarter in a 54-41 Upstate Eight River Division victory.

"I feel like we have done that a lot of the games so far," Meadows said. "We'd get out in front and we let them creep back in. We've just got to keep going."

Geneva (8-2, 3-1) scored the first 7 points. During that stretch, Streamwood star Hannah McGlone picked up two fouls within the first minute and was forced to the bench. But the Vikings didn't put the Sabres (2-6, 1-2) away.

Streamwood, which committed 13 turnovers and didn't make a basket in the first 7 minutes, trailed just 11-10 after the first quarter.

The Vikings led 13-12 before going on a 10-1 run to take a 23-13 lead with 3 minutes remaining in the first half. Grace Loberg, who was brought up to varsity last week, scored 6 of her team-high 15 points during the run.

Streamwood got within 6 at 24-18 and 30-24, but each time the Vikings scored the next 5 points to get back their double-digit lead. After a McGlone basket with 4:34 left got the Sabres within 6 again, 35-29, Geneva went on an 11-0 run to take a 46-29 lead and control of the game.

"There were two sequences that I thought were the ballgame," Sabres coach George Rosner said. "One where we turned it over three times in a row (during the 11-0 run) and another one where were turned it over again and again."

Geneva forced Streamwood into 40 turnovers, most coming from its press. The Sabres had double-digit turnovers in each of the first three quarters.

"We're all long. We're all tall," Geneva's Abby Novak said. "This game definitely showed how many turnovers we can force."

Janie McCloughan had 12 points and 4 steals for the Vikings, who played without Michaela Loebel. Novak added 11 points.

McGlone led the Sabres with 13 points and 12 rebounds despite being in foul trouble the entire game and fouling out midway through the fourth quarter. Kiana Jeremiah added 10 points and Holly Foret had 9.

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