Streamwood trailed much of the way at St. Charles East on Thursday, but never stopped knocking on the door. In the fourth quarter opportunity finally knocked back. The Sabres overcame an 11-point deficit to rally for a 50-49 win over the Saints in Upstate Eight River Divison action.
Hannah McGlone scored 23 points, including the tying and go ahead buckets down the stretch. She also had 12 rebounds.
McGlone’s layup on a strong baseline movewith 1:39 left to play tied the game at 49-49. Moments later McGlone was fouled driving to the basket. She sank the first free throwto put the Sabres ahead for good. Streamwood (9-10, 4-4) stopped the Saints defensively thefinal three trips down the court to preserve the win.
Tyra Washington’s turnaround 15-foot jumper at the buzzer for the Saints rimmed out.
“I was proud of the way the girls battled back,” said Streamwood coach George Rosner. “Hannah had a great all around game for us from start to finish. At the end of the game that is our go to person and she is the type of competitive player that wants the ball in those situations.”
Over the weekend, McGlone became the seventh Sabre in school history to go over a 1,000 career points. She scored all nine of the Sabres points in the first quarter to help keep Streamwood within striking distance.
“They were giving me space to drive all game,” said McGlone. “And I love to drive.At the end of the game I was going to find a way to get to the basket.”
The Saints (10-12, 3-5) led 22-11 in the second quarter before Streamwood slowly started to chip away. McGlone got the Sabres to within 35-34on a jumper with 2:06 left in the third quarter. However, the Sabres didn’t take their first lead until 3:13 left in the game when freshman Jenejha Williams hit a short jumper in the lane to put Streamwood ahead 45-44. The lead exchanged hands three more times before the Sabres pulled ahead for good.
Katelynn Claussner had 19 points and six steals for the Saints. However, St. Charles East was plagued by six costly turnovers in the fourth quarter and had 18 in the game.
“It was just poor execution on our part at the end,” said East coach Lori Drumtra. “The turnovers were the most disappointing thing. We have to take better care of the basketball.”