Editor’s note: This will be a weekly feature that alternates highlighting players from the boys and girls varsity basketball teams.

Through the first seven games, senior guard Madison Kane has been the glue that has held the Ramblers together. Despite some early-season deficiencies — turnovers, shooting — Loyola is 5-2.

A three-year starter, Kane is the team’s leader and top defensive player. In Sunday’s 43-29 loss to Marist, which is ranked No. 14 by the Chicago Tribune, the 5-foot-7 Kane defended Marist senior Kate Ruzevich, a 6-0 guard who has signed with Quincy University. Kane limited Ruzevich to 11 points.

“That was a tough matchup for her,” Loyola head coach Jeremy Schoenecker said. “She still did a great job. We ask her to do a lot on the defensive end of the floor.”

Kane also scored 11 points, and her two 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter gave the Ramblers a fighting chance against the RedHawks.

As much as her play on the court, Schoenecker said Kane is as instrumental to the Ramblers off of it. He said he regularly talks with Kane about the team. The two met Monday in advance of Loyola’s first GCAC Red game of the season. The Ramblers host St. Ignatius at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“She sees the players more than we do, in the locker room, in the classroom,” he said. “She feels the pulse of our team, and she understands what makes the group go. We lean heavily on her.”