Trailing by eight points in the fourth quarter Friday, Loyola made a spirited run to take the lead late, but St. Ignatius scored in the lane with 1.4 seconds left to earn the 45-44 win at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.
It was the Ramblers’ first loss in the Jesuit Cup since the 2001-02 season.
Loyola junior forward Celia Satter led the comeback, scoring eight of her team-best 19 points in the final 4 minutes 18 seconds. Her 3-pointer with less than one minute to go gave the Ramblers a 42-41 lead.
After the Wolfpack (15-4, 2-2 GCAC Red) made two free throws, senior forward Lilly Wehman put the Ramblers (17-5, 3-2) ahead 44-43 with a layup off an in-bounds pass from junior guard Julia Martinez with 37.8 seconds remaining.
The Ramblers got the ball back with the lead, but they turned it over to set up the Wolfpack’s game-winning opportunity.
Loyola jumped out to an 8-1 advantage, but St. Ignatius scored the final five points of the first quarter to go up 13-11. The Wolfpack also scored the last three points of the second quarter and the last eight of the third quarter.
Loyola plays Maine South on the road Tuesday. The Ramblers and Hawks both are at the Class 4A Maine East Sectional.
Pictured above: Senior Lilly Wehman
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola