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WILMETTE — Loyola did its best to be positive following Friday's 48-30 win over Phillips.
Even though the Ramblers looked shaky in several areas of the game, they still won easily to improve to 2-0 on the season.
"There's no reason to hang your head," said senior guard Anna Schueler, the lone returning starter from last season team that finished fourth in Class 4A. "We know we didn't play our best. We missed way too many layups, and we didn't box out well. But a win is a win.
"We know we aren't playing our best basketball at the beginning of the season, but we know how good we can be."
Schueler scored 10 of her game-high 18 points in the second quarter when the Ramblers ran away from the Lady Wildcats. Loyola used a 15-2 run midway through the quarter to go into the half ahead 31-11.
Phillips staged a brief rally in the fourth to get within 13, but the Ramblers never were truly threatened.
Maggie Nick added 13 points in the victory. Ta'kyah Davis led Phillips with eight points.
Schueler also scored 18 in the team's season-opening win over Warren on Tuesday, a 44-26 victory.
"Something we are stressing is that we know we aren't playing particularly well, but we still won two games by 18 points," Loyola coach Jeremy Schoenecker said.