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Senior Hannah McGlone joined an elite group of Streamwood girls basketball players Saturday night.
With a spin move in the lane that produced a left-handed shot that rolled in with 1:57 to play in the third quarter against Larkin, McGlone became the seventh Sabre in program history to score 1,000 career points.
She finished with a game-high 18 points and inched closer to 1,000 career rebounds with 22 on the night as the Sabres snapped a three-game losing streak with a 55-36 Upstate Eight River win in Streamwood.
"It's a little bit of a relief," admitted McGlone, who joins Renee Kanak, Donna Groh, Chris Francke, Rita Castans, Emma Schmidt and Jessica Cerda in the Streamwood 1,000-point club.
"It's a great feeling to join that group from our school," said McGlone, who during a timeout shortly after she reached the milestone was presented the game ball, which she gave to her mom, Peg, for safekeeping until the game was over. "It shows that I've worked hard for this, that it didn't just happen, that I worked for it."
Longtime Sabres coach George Rosner, who has coached all seven 1,000 point scorers, agreed.
"She deserves it," Rosner said. "She's worked hard since day one and she's a joy to coach. She's like a coach on the floor and players like her don't come along very often. She was a monster inside tonight."
McGlone and freshman Jenejha Williams dominated the paint against a smaller Larkin team Saturday, leading the Sabres to a 42-31 rebounding edge. The 6-foot McGlone, a Winona State recruit, added 6 assists, 4 of them on high-low feeds to Williams in the first half, when the 6-foot-2 varsity rookie scored all 8 of her points in helping her team to a 24-12 lead at the break that was fueled by an 18-6 run in the second quarter that was sparked by 2 3-pointers from junior guard Rosa Miranda.
"They worked a nice high-low on us with their two bigs," said Larkin coach Ruben Flores. "We made the adjustments in the second half, we just don't have the depth. You have to give my freshman, Marlee Kyles, credit. She did a nice job on McGlone but then she got into foul trouble."
Larkin (6-13, 1-6), which has lost three straight, came within 7, 27-20, on a Victoria Patterson basket with 4:16 left in the third quarter but the Sabres (8-10, 3-4) used an 8-2 run to end the quarter and carry a 35-22 lead into the fourth. Larkin got within 9, 45-36, on a Quixmia Washington basket with 3:13 left in the game but the Sabres scored the final 10 points.
"We played very well in spurts and not so well in spurts," said Rosner. "Rosa really sparked us off the bench and our size made a difference but we have to take care of the basketball better."
Holly Foret, who sat out most of the first half in foul trouble, scored 10 points for the Sabres, who were 21 of 47 shooting but did commit 19 turnovers. Patterson led Larkin with 13 points and 5 steals while Kyles added 10 points.
"We've had three emotional games in a row with the Elgin City Classic and then St. Charles East (Friday) night," Flores said. "We've only got eight girls so well just have to keep working hard."