Loyola was right there Thursday.
Down three after the third quarter to Maine West in the Class 4A sectional final at Maine East, junior guard Celia Satter rimmed out a 3-point attempt in the first minute of the fourth that would have tied the game.
The No. 3-seeded Ramblers got within three again on senior guard Adie Morrill’s layup at the 7:04 mark of the quarter, but they couldn’t complete the comeback in a season-ending 57-46 loss to the top-seeded Warriors.
“That was a great look by Celia,” Loyola head coach Jeremy Schoenecker said. “She hits that, who knows?”
Maine West (30-1) helped its cause by going 7-for-8 on free throws in the fourth, including 5-for-6 in the final 1:57. The Warriors were 19-for-21 for the game.
After leading from start to finish in Tuesday’s 62-48 win over Maine South, Loyola (25-6) chased the Warriors all night. The Ramblers went into the half down 26-19 and trailed by as many as 12 in the third.
But Loyola scored the last seven points of the quarter, getting layups from junior guard Addison Bendery and Satter in the closing 32 seconds to enter the fourth behind 39-36.
Satter led Loyola with 15 points. Junior guard Julia Martinez added nine points, and senior guard Erin Dillon finished with eight points.
Senior forward Lilly Wehman, senior guard Margaret Bourke, senior guard Mary Sajnaj, Dillon and Morrill all played their final games for the Ramblers. Loyola won 46 games and captured two Class 4A regional championships in the last two seasons.
“I told them they have nothing to hang their heads about,” Schoenecker said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t have it [Thursday].”