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28 | January 25, 2018 | The winnetka Current sports BOYS basketball Loyola hangs on for big Catholic League win Michael Wojtychiw Sports Editor There’s not many rivalries like Loyola Academy and St. Ignatius. In the past three years, the Jesuit Cup, the battle between the two schools, has been within three points twice, both wins for St. Ignatius. That changed Friday, Jan. 19, when the Ramblers faced the Wolfpack in the second game of a boys/girls doubleheader at Wintrust Arena. Like the girls game, the boys came down to the last shot. The difference in this one was that Loyola found itself in the win column following a 37-36 victory in the new arena’s first-ever high school boys basketball game. The win also gives the Ramblers (17-3, 4-1 Catholic Blue) two consecutive victories in the series. “This game is bigger than us,” Loyola’s Kevin Cunningham said. “The two schools, it’s a long history, it’s the Jesuit Cup. It’s a Catholic game, so it’s huge for us to keep us in the run for it (conference). It definitely means a lot.” The game was a tale of two halves as the Ramblers dominated the first 16 minutes, but had the tables turned on them in the final two quarters. Up 35-28 after a 3-pointer by Connor Barrett with 5 minutes, 22 seconds remaining, the Wolfpack went on an 8-0 run to set up the dramatics with 39.7 seconds to play. After getting the ball on an alternate possession, Loyola’s Kevin Cunningham attempts a 3-pointer against St. Ignatius on Friday, Jan. 20, in Chicago. Carlos Alvarez/22nd Century Media jump-ball call, St. Ignatius would run the clock down, looking to get the final shot. After a Loyola player collided with his opponent and knocked the ball out of bounds, still in the Wolfpack’s possession, the two teams called timeouts as St. Ignatius prepared to take the last shot. A buzzer-beating win was not in the cards for the Wolfpack as the ball hit the rim and bounced off. “We were expecting No. 2 to get the ball, so what happened, happened,” Cunningham said. “We knew he was going to shoot it or kick it. He did kick it and I feel like we covered it pretty well. Whoever the gap helper was, he did a good job getting to the shooter.” After Cunningham knocked in a shot on the second quarter’s first possession to give Loyola a 16-5 lead, the Ramblers would build it to 26-12 at the half. But then things changed. After Pete Mangan hit a shot at the 4:55 mark of the third period, giving Loyola a 28-14 lead, the Wolfpack responded with an 11-0 run. It was capped by Thomas Stoodt’s 3-pointer, that made it 28-25, with just over a minute remaining in the period. Stoodt would be big for the Wolfpack in the second half, hitting four 3-pointers, two in each quarter. “The credit goes to them,” said Loyola coach Tom Livatino of his opponents. “We took some shots that are out of character for us, especially later in the game. Every bad shot we took, they made us pay. “I thought that was pretty crucial, but I thought we played a very good first half.” Cunningham agreed with his coach’s sentiment. “They [St. Ignatius] were pressuring us more in the second half, and I feel that gave us a little bit of trouble,” Cunningham said. “Every time we didn’t hit a shot, they came back. No. 15 made some key shots in the second half, but we were able to hold them off.” Cunningham and Barrett each scored 10 to lead Loyola to the win. Girls basketball St. Ignatius stuns Loyola at buzzer in Jesuit Cup Michael Wojtychiw Sports Editor The Jesuit Cup, the annual battle between Loyola Academy and St. Ignatius, took a little bit of a different twist this year. For the first time, a high school basketball game was played at the new Wintrust Arena in Chicago. What didn’t change, however, was the game coming down to the wire with St. Ignatius hitting a shot in the lane with 1.4 seconds remaining to propel the Wolfpack to a 45-44 victory on Friday, Jan. 19. The loss was the first in the series for Loyola since 2002. St. Ignatius came into the final period with a 36- 30 lead and looking like it would take control of the game. After Nicolette McDonald knocked down two free throws to give the Wolfpack a 40-32 lead with less than six minutes remaining, Loyola (17-5, 3-2 GCAC Red) went on a 10-1 run to take a 42-41 lead at the 1:02 mark after Celia Satter knocked in a 3-pointer. Satter led the charge in the comeback, scoring eight points, including two 3-pointers. It wasn’t just the offense that was key for the Ramblers down the stretch. As the defense stiffened, allowing the Wolfpack to score only once on a Molly Gannon free throw, Loyola forced two turnovers and three St. Ignatius missed shots. After Campbell Montgomery hit two free throws to give the Wolfpack a 43- 42 lead with 52 seconds remaining, things got even more interesting. Loyola got the ball back with 39 seconds remaining after Gannon tripped and knocked the ball out of bounds. After a Loyola timeout, the Wolfpack inexplicably left Lilly Wehman unguarded under the basket off of the ensuing inbounds pass. The Georgetownbound senior put in a layup and was fouled. Her free throw, however, rimmed out and gave the Wolfpack a chance to win the game, down 44-43. A St. Ignatius miss and defensive rebound by Addison Bendery gave the ball back to the Ramblers with 21 seconds left, but a Loyola turnover with 16 seconds left set up the dramatic play. The Wolfpack were able to get the ball into the post and Montgomery hit the shot that drove the St. Ignatius crowd into hysteria. After a fast start to the game that propelled the Ramblers to an 8-1 lead, St. Ignatius recovered and battled back, going on a 12-3 run to end the period and Loyola’s Celia Satter seals off the St. Ignatius defender and gets the shot off with her left hand Friday, Jan. 19, in Chicago. Carlos Alvarez/22nd Century Media end the first quarter with a 13-11 lead. The Ramblers missed six of their last seven shots in the period. A back-and-forth second quarter still saw the Wolfpack go into halftime with a 25-22 lead. The third quarter was much of the same and saw the Ramblers take a 30-28 lead on a basket by Satter. The Wolfpack went on an 8-0 run over the last 3 minutes, 30 seconds to head into the fourth quarter with a 36-30 lead. Satter would end up leading the Ramblers with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Wehman and Erin Dillon scored nine points each for Loyola. sports the winnetka current | January 25, 2018 | 29 Girls basketball Regina rallies late but falls at GBN Gary Larsen Freelance Reporter Glenbrook North showed Regina Dominican that often times in basketball a loss comes down to just three words. Too much size. The host Spartans’ 44- 30 win over the visiting Panthers was punctuated throughout by their superior height at nearly every position, in a nonconference girls’ basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 20. “We don’t have the size to match them,” Regina coach Bob Newton said. “When we’re at our best, we’re playing defense and forcing teams to do things they don’t like to do. We did that for a little bit today but then we couldn’t stop the ball from going in the post.” Glenbrook North senior post player Morgan Paull led all scorers with 13 points, and five other Spartans had at least two baskets apiece in the win. Glenbrook North coach Danielle Fluegge knew her girls held a physical edge over Regina so her pre-game message was clear. “We’ve been preaching to the girls that when you play a team that you’re supposed to beat, you have to beat them.” Fluegge said. “We have eight seniors and they’ve been hearing those kinds of things a lot over four years, and it’s nice to see them put it into action.” The Spartans (9-9) led 23-5 at halftime and 36-11 after three quarters before Fluegge sent in her second-team players for the fourth quarter. Regina (9-13) had the game’s first basket, a 3-pointer from freshman guard Laura Strenk. But the Spartans answered with an 11-0 scoring run to the end of the first quarter, then posted a 12-2 scoring edge in the second. A 13-6 scoring edge in the third quarter gave the Spartans a 25-point lead, and Glenbrook North junior Faith Kim liked what she saw from her side as it built its lead. “We know we can play well when we stick together,” Kim said. “Something that has helped us a lot in the last few games is instead of being down on ourselves for losing games we shouldn’t have lost, we’ve really been picking each other up.” Strenk led the Panthers with 10 points, sophomore Nora Clancy scored nine, and junior Caitlin Ward had 10 rebounds in the loss. The Panthers played with more cohesion in the fourth quarter, matched up against the Spartans’ second team, and Regina posted a 19-8 scoring edge in the quarter. “We all have strengths and we needed to combine them today,” Strenk said. “In the fourth quarter we finally started to combine well together. And like coach says, until (the post-season) everything is practice. So we’re all practicing really hard.” Newton agreed. “We’ve made great progress and we’re playing better together than we did last year,” Newton said. “So we’ve seen a lot of progress and we’re much Regina point guard Laura Strenk (right) is guarded by Glenbrook North’s Christina Christos on Saturday, Jan. 20, in Northbrook. Gary Larsen/22nd Century Media improved defensively. But we don’t have enough kids who are confident enough to think of themselves as scorers and we’re trying to develop that through practice.” Newton also applauded the varsity season Strenk is having as a freshman. “She’s really our first basketball player because all of our other kids are multi-sport athletes who are playing basketball just because they’re athletic enough,” Newton said. “She has played really well.” Strenk is just happy to be a varsity contributor. “It’s like the coolest thing ever. It’s such a great experience,” Strenk said. “All my teammates are so nice and they help me out so much, and (Newton) does a great job of matching us up with girls on the other teams we play.” Fluegge applauded team leader Paull for another consistent effort and liked the effort she got up and down her lineup. Kim scored five points in the win and the Spartans got four points apiece from Jamie Kempner, Amanda Stephenson, Sammi Stoneburner, and Christina Christos. Fluegge was also happy to get her bench players extended playing time on Saturday. “We have such a great group of girls and it’s always good to get every girl playing,” Fluegge said. “And Faith Kim is truly our most improved player from last year to this year. She has played consistently well, kept us in games, and helped dig us out of holes. Offensively, she’s a force to be reckoned with and defensively she has worked hard on moving her feet.” Kim flashed her ability to drive to the basket throughout Saturday’s game. In her second varsity season, however, she’s focused on improving other aspects of her game. “The last couple years, my game has been mainly been more about offense. I like taking it to the hoop but I still need to work on my outside shot,” Kim said. “And Fluegge has talked to me about not being a one-dimensional player so I’ve had to work on my defense, too. I can’t make my teammates do extra work because of me, so I had to start pulling my own weight.”