The Ramblers got off to a great start Sunday against undefeated Marist.
But things unraveled for the Ramblers after the first quarter, and it led to a 43-29 loss to the RedHawks, the Chicago Tribune’s No. 14-ranked team, in the final game of the ESCC-GCAC Conference Challenge at Loyola.
Loyola (5-2) jumped out to an 8-0 lead on two 3-pointers by junior guard Erin Dillon and a basket by senior guard Madison Kane. Dillon hit another 3 with 2 minutes, 51 seconds remaining in the first quarter, but that was the last points Loyola would score for more than 12 minutes.
“I think some of it was fatigue,” Loyola head coach Jeremy Schoenecker said. “We might have to shorten some of the minutes and change up our rotation. We also have not shot the ball well. We have to be able to put the ball in the basket in order to beat a good team like Marist.”
The RedHawks (8-0) went into the half up 16-11 and led 30-18 after three quarters. Loyola made a run early in the fourth behind two 3s from Kane, but the Ramblers never got closer than eight points.
“We talked about making a push in the first three minutes of the fourth, but it physically took a lot out of us,” Schoenecker said. “We couldn’t get it done.”
Dillon made four 3s and led Loyola with 14 points. Kane followed with 11 points, which included three 3s. The loss snapped Loyola’s three-game winning streak. On Saturday, the Ramblers beat Sandburg 47-37 on the road. Senior forward Clare Nelson scored 12 points, and sophomore guard Julia Martinez had 11 points.
Loyola starts play in the GCAC Red at home Wednesday against St. Ignatius.
ESCC-GCAC Conference Challenge Results
Resurrection 54, Joliet Catholic 21
St. Ignatius 38, St. Viator 35
Providence Catholic 42, Nazareth 37
Marian Central 51, Regina 41
Mother McAuley 49, Marian Catholic 46
St. Joseph 45, Carmel 41
Bennett 61, Fenwick 51
Marist 43, Loyola 29