The Ramblers scored the first 10 points of the game at home Saturday and led Evanston for nearly 30 minutes before suffering a 47-43 loss.
Loyola (14-3) went ahead 31-14 on junior forward Celia Satter’s free throw at the 5:37 mark of the third, but the Wildkits ended the quarter on a 6-0 run to go into the fourth down 35-27.
Evanston (12-7) used a 12-0 run during the middle part of the fourth to grab its first lead of the game at 40-38 with 2 minutes, 54 seconds to go.
After senior forward Lilly Wehman tied it at 40-all with a layup, Evanston scored off an offensive rebound and followed with two free throws to lead 44-40 with 42.9 seconds left.
Wehman made one free throw with 32.1 seconds on the clock to make it a one possession game, but the Wildkits secured the win at the free throw line. Evanston was 9-for-12 from the line in the fourth quarter, while the Ramblers were 1-for-5.
Leading 30-14 at the half, Loyola was outscored 33-13 in the final 16 minutes, including 20-8 in the fourth. Evanston beat the Ramblers 56-45 in last season’s Class 4A sectional semifinal at Niles West.
Loyola junior guard Julia Martinez (pictured above) scored a team-best 23 points. Satter added 10 points.
The Ramblers have little time to recover. They play at Fenwick on Monday in a GCAC Red game and host Montini on Thursday in another conference contest. Loyola is 1-0 in the league.
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola