Loyola started the new year — not to mention a difficult four-game, eight-day stretch — with a 47-43 loss to Evanston on Jan. 6.

It was a game the Ramblers led by as many as 17 in the second half and by eight going into the fourth quarter.

“After that loss, we had a conversation with the girls about what it means to compete,” Loyola head coach Jeremy Schoenecker said. “I told them we have to move on after a rough game. There is no use in hanging your head.”

Loyola bounced back Tuesday to beat Fenwick 53-44 in a GCAC Red game on the road. The Ramblers followed with a 56-40 league loss to Montini Thursday at home. They ended the grueling gauntlet Saturday by beating Class 4A defending state champion Geneva 49-42 at the Derril Kipp Subway Shootout at Willowbrook.

Loyola (16-4) led the Vikings 29-17 at the half and 41-27 after three quarters.

The Ramblers had three players score in double figures. Senior guard Erin Dillon finished with 13 points, two blocks and one steal. Senior forward Lilly Wehman had 11 points, eight rebounds and one block. Junior guard Julia Martinez scored 10 points to go with 11 assists, four rebounds and four steals.

“We can play with anybody, if we execute what we do well,” Schoenecker said.

There is no let up for the Ramblers. They play Mother McAuley (16-5) at home Tuesday in the GCAC Red. Loyola is 2-1, and the Mighty Macs are 2-2.