Open looks are hard to find any time a high school basketball team — boys or girls — visits the Loyola Academy gym.
The Rambler girls turned in a defensive effort that spoiled Evanston’s perfect season in a Monday afternoon matinee, never allowing the Wildkits to get untracked in a 46-36 Rambler triumph.
Loyola, now 7-0 on the year, broke out to a 17-8 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, building the lead to 22 points before settling for the 10-point win.
Evanston (4-1) was led by Lola Lesmond’s 11 points, but she was the only ETHS player to reach double figures. Evanston scored just 3 field goals in the first half, shooting a meager 3-for-20 from the floor.
“In the moments we needed to show heart and resilience today, we didn’t show it,” pointed out Wildkits’ head coach Brittanny Johnson. “I think it’s partly a discipline issue. We are really undisciplined at times and that’s due to our inexperience. We didn’t give ourselves a chance to win right from the start.
“Loyola is a strong defensive team, and against a team like that you have to work past your first and second looks or options. Today you saw the difference between their experience (5 senior starters) and our inexperience.”
The winners dominated the paint, scoring 28 points on layups overall, as Summer Parker-Hall (14 points) and Isabella Ogliore (13) showed the way. Guard Silvana Scarsella also scored 13 for the hosts.
Evanston hosts Maine East in a Central Suburban League crossover game on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.