Someone on the South Elgin girls basketball team needed to make a play and stop St. Edward's momentum late in the first half Thursday night.
Savanah Uveges did what senior captains are expected to do.
Uveges had 2 steals and layins in the final 20 seconds of the second quarter to turn an 8-point lead into a 12-point halftime advantage.
From there, the Storm went on to a 62-48 nonconference victory over the Green Wave in South Elgin.
"I honestly didn't even know what happened until after half," Uveges said. "It was all kind of instinct anyways. It was good to get the momentum at half."
South Elgin (10-6) scored the first 14 points of the game, getting 5 points from Kennede Miller and 4 from Uveges. The Green Wave (10-6) missed its first 7 shots and had 6 turnovers before Katie Swanson hit 2 free throws with 2:18 remaining in the first quarter for St. Edward's first points. Swanson, who finished with a game-high 22 points, hit the Green Wave's first field goal with 1:38 to go in the first quarter.
Despite that, St. Edward used a 9-3 run to get within 8, 27-19, with 52 seconds remaining in the first half. The Green Wave had the ball with a chance to get even closer before Uveges' two steals and layups.
"We knew that we played the worst half that we played all season long," St. Edward coach Michelle Dawson said. "Turnovers hurt us tonight. South Elgin was very aggressive on the ball and we didn't handle their pressure well."
The Storm opened a 17-point lead, 40-23, midway through the third quarter. St. Edward made another run to get within 7, 42-35, with 1:23 remaining in the third quarter. But South Elgin put the game away with a 9-0 run to take a 16-point lead, 51-35, with 6 minutes to go.
"We were excited to play," South Elgin coach Tim Prendergast said. "We haven't played in almost two weeks. We came out ready to play."
Uveges led the Storm with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Miller added 17 points, including hitting 3 3-pointers.
Clarissa Ramos finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for St. Edward.
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