Knowing a GCAC Red road game against Mother McAuley loomed later this week, Loyola head coach Jeremy Schoenecker was careful about who he played and how much he played them Tuesday against Niles North.
Sophomore point guard Julia Martinez never left the bench and several reserves got more minutes than usual. By the halfway point of the second quarter, 10 players had seen the court. But the Ramblers didn’t miss a beat in earning a 52-32 win over the Vikings.
“We wanted to get in here, get this win and move on,” Schoenecker said. “We have a big conference game coming up.”
Loyola (16-6) plays the Mighty Macs in Chicago on Thursday in the last league game of the regular season. Both teams are tied for second place at 2-2. It will be the Ramblers’ sixth road game in a row.
“We want to be ready to play Mother McAuley,” Schoenecker said. “We want to make sure we have fresh legs for Thursday. We are a little banged up and tired after long stretch of basketball. We are making sure we are mentally and physically ready for our next game.”
Tied 15-all after the first quarter Tuesday, Loyola asserted itself in the second quarter, outscoring the Vikings 21-0 to take a 36-15 lead into the locker room. The Ramblers maintained control in the second half. Loyola has won seven of its last eight games and is 5-1 against teams in the Class 4A Niles West Sectional.
Senior guard Madison Kane scored a team-best 17 points, and senior forward Clare Nelson added seven points. Freshman forward Addison Ebeling made two 3-pointers to finish with six points, while senior forward Kasidy Caldwell and junior guard Adie Morrill each finished with five points apiece.
BOYS: Senior guard Ramar Evans scored 22 points to lead the Ramblers to a 65-55 win over Ridgewood at home Tuesday. It was Loyola’s seventh victory in a row.
Evans also finished with five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Senior forward Julian DeGuzman had 20 points, eight rebounds and one charge, while senior guard Matt Lynch finished with 10 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Loyola (12-5) goes on the road Friday to play St. Francis in the Catholic North. The Ramblers are tied for second in the league at 4-1.