Girls Basketball: Loyola overcomes rough start, tops WarrenWarren's Alexis Leneau (above) reaches for a rebound over Loyola's Colleen McShane during their basketball game at Warren. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 16, 2011 9:46PM
Loyola overcame a disastrous start to stun host Warren 37-31 on Wednesday in the first round of the New Trier holiday girls basketball tournament.
Warren plays Bogan and Loyola plays New Trier on Friday at Loyola.
Wednesday’s game started out all Warren, as the Devils hit four 3-point shots — two by Alexis Leneau and two by sophomore Cassie Christie — to grab a 14-3 lead just 5:19 into the game.
But Loyola then held the Devils scoreless for 8:13 to take a 16-14 lead.
It was 18-18 at halftime, and Warren then didn’t score in the third period — 0-for-11 from the field — to lose contact at 28-18.
All told, from late in the second quarter until 6:30 was left in the fourth quarter, Warren went 10:45 without scoring.
“All the credit goes to Loyola. After the first four minutes, we couldn’t maintain any kind of offensive rhythm,” said Warren coach John Stanczykiewicz. “Generally, defensively, we did OK for the first game of the season, but we didn’t develop anything offensively.
“It was very disappointing that with all the seniors we have, we didn’t play with more purpose.”
On the other side of the court, Loyola coach Jeremy Schoenecker was proud that his squad didn’t fold after Warren’s early barrage.
“We did a really good job defensively. I thought that was the key to the game,” he said.
Leading Loyola were Kathleen Stralka with 13 points and Anna Schueler with 10.
Warren got 17 points from Alexis Leneau. Jessica Prince had four points and seven boards.,