Girls Basketball: Streamwood ends layoff with win
Updated: January 4, 2012 11:26PM
Streamwood appeared to suffer no ill effects from a two-week layoff.
Instead the Sabres came out refreshed and energized in their first action since the week before Christmas as they coasted past Elgin 68-31 at Chesbrough Field House in an Upstate Eight River meeting Wednesday.
Junior Jessica Cerda scored a game-high 19 points to lead Streamwood, which evened its overall record at 7-7 and improved to 3-1 in conference play.
“You really don’t know what to expect after being off for that long,” said Streamwood coach George Rosner. “But I thought we came out with pretty good energy and ran the floor well.”
Cerda is now the Sabres primary ballhandler after starting point guard Amanda Patterson suffered a torn ACL during the Christmas tournament. She sparked the Sabres with 10 first-quarter points, including a pair of three-pointers, as they jumped out to an 18-9 advantage.
“I just want to do whatever I can do to help the team,” said Cerda. “I’m trying to get more consistent. I felt like I had real good form on my shot in warmups and I just carried that over to the game.”
The Maroons went through an 0-for-19 shooting drought from the field in the first half as the Sabres extended their lead to 36-12. Streamwood also dominated on the boards with a 46-24 rebounding advantage.
“We’ve been able to work on some things during the time off,” said Rosner. “We are trying to adjust to not having Amanda and that’s going to take some time, but I thought we handled the ball pretty well tonight. I also thought we rebounded better. It was one of our problems with during the Christmas tournament, but we’ve been working on it. We were also able to work on mixing up our defenses.”
The Sabres continued to pull away in the second half. The Sabres had nine different players score. Hannah McGlone finished with 12 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Deja Moore added 10 points.
Briana Hamilton, the Maroons top scoring threat, was in foul trouble most of the game and finished with just six points. Amari Mays led the Maroons with eight points. Elgin dropped to 0-16, 0-4.
“A little to much standing around, “ said Elgin coach Nick Bumbales. “Then the foul trouble set in and that really hurt us.”