Thanks for the memories: Loyola girls basketball seniors Julia Martinez and Celia Satter ended their enviable careers Monday with a 48-35 loss to Evanston in the Class 4A sectional semifinals at Evanston. In the four seasons they were in the program, the Ramblers won 92 games and captured three regional championships.
The St. Louis University-bound Martinez averaged 6.8 points, 7.1 assists, 6.8 rebounds and 3.4 steals. Satter, who will play at Richmond, averaged 10.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.2 steals. Both were selected to the all-GCAC Red team and are candidates for the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A/4A all-state team.
“They’re awesome kids and set the tone for our program,” Loyola head coach Jeremy Schoenecker said. “They had just unbelievable careers.”
Loyola (24-8) also said goodbye to seniors Addison Bendery (pictured above), Jordan Moser, Ellen Naughton and Keely Stanton.
The seniors shepherded a roster that included seven sophomores, according to Schoenecker.
“They showed the underclassmen what it takes and what it’s all about,” he said.
Among the key players expected to return are junior Addison Ebeling (6.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 18 steals), sophomore Summer Parker-Hall (7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 21 blocks, 20 steals), sophomore Isabella Ogliore (4.6 points, 2.6 rebounds), sophomore Silvana Scarsella (3.3 points, 1.4 rebounds) and sophomore Arielle Dabu (3.0 points, 1.3 rebounds).
Loyola boys basketball team sends off seniors with win: The Ramblers beat Senn 59-26 in their last game of the regular season Tuesday. Seniors Connor Barrett, Will Bodkin, Ryan Evans, Chris Hughes, Nikko Landon, Quinn Pemberton and John Wrenn all were recognized for their contributions to the program in the final home game of the season.
The seniors were integral in the win. Landon scored 13 points to go with four assists. Pemberton had seven assists, and Bodkin totaled six rebounds.
“I’m so proud of all of them,” Loyola head coach Tom Livatino said. “Five of the seven started on our freshman B team. They have epitomized the work ethic and discipline it takes to advance through our program, which is very demanding.
“They’ve been great off the court, too. They are great role models.”
For the second season in a row, Barrett was named to the all-Catholic Blue team. Junior Bennett Kwiecinski also earned the honor.
Loyola finished the regular season 19-12 and fourth in the league at 8-7.
DePaul Prep won the conference championship. DePaul Prep senior Perry Cowan was selected as the Lawless Player of the Year, while DePaul Prep head coach Tom Kleinschmidt was Lawless Coach of the Year.
Ramblers start state tournament next week: Loyola doesn’t have an easy road to its third Class 4A regional championship in a row.
The Ramblers, the No. 6 seed at the Niles North Sectional, open against No. 11 Rolling Meadows in the regional semifinals at Rolling Meadows on Tuesday. The Mustangs (15-11) are led by sophomore Max Christie, a 6-foot-6 guard who is one of the country’s top recruits in the Class of 2021. He had 29 points and 15 rebounds in Friday’s 67-60 win over MSL East champion Prospect.
“He does a lot for them,” Livatino said. “He has great vision, can shoot, drive and pass. He’s an aggressive, high-scoring guard.”
If the Ramblers win, they most likely will meet No. 3 Maine South. The Hawks (22-9) won their final nine games of the regular season, highlighted by Saturday’s 50-46 victory over Homewood-Flossmoor, the No. 14-ranked team by the Chicago Sun-Times.
Livatino remains optimistic that Barrett will be ready for the playoff opener. He’s missed nine games with a broken right foot.
“Kudos to him for doing everything he possibly can to get back to help out his team,” Livatino said.
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola