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Streamwood's Hannah McGolne races past St. Charles North's Nicole Davidson during the second quarter of their game Friday evening in Streamwood. | Michael R. Schmidt~For Sun-Times Media
Once Streamwood’s girls shook off some rust, Jessica Cerda put her new shooting style on display and Hannah McGlone showed how a player can have a huge impact without scoring much.
The end result was a 51-38 Sabres victory to open Upstate Eight River play Friday at home over St. Charles North.
“We haven’t played in 10 days,” Sabres coach George Rosner said. “It’s not an excuse, but when you play five games in seven days and then you don’t play for 10 days, there was a little bit missing at the start.”
What was missing was layups and bunny shots. The Sabres made just 11-of-31 from the floor in the first half and the great majority of their misses came inside 10 feet.
“Without the missed layups, we win by 20 or so,” Rosner said.
One person who wasn’t missing early was Cerda, who has committed to Chicago State. Her quicker release and less arcing shot than in years past was finding net and it helped give Streamwood a 26-20 lead at halftime. She hit seven of her first 10 shots from the floor in the game and at halftime had 12 of her game-high 19 points.
Then the layup parade started in the third quarter thanks largely to McGlone’s interior defense and outlet passing, and a fast break that led to 7-of-11 shooting in the third quarter.
“We were just trying to hit the fast break,” McGlone said. “We can create a lot of problems for other teams when we run.
“Early the (missed layups) had a lot to do with being off for so long.”
McGlone finished the game with 14 rebounds, seven points, six assists and nine steals. She had eight third-quarter rebounds.
“She can really rebound well and she can handle the ball,” Rosner said. “She’s not your typical post player.”
The Sabres (5-1, 1-0) held North scoreless the final 5:14 of the third quarter as the Stars missed their final 11 shots and turned it over seven times after drawing within 28-25.
Deja Moore made two buckets off fast breaks, Cerda two and Holly Foret one during a 15-0 run to close the quarter. Streamwood led 42-25 starting the fourth quarter.
“We had a hard time taking care of the ball,” North coach Colleen Backer said of her team’s eight third-quarter turnovers. “They went on a run and had a lot of transition points.
“They would rather run than play in a halfcourt set and we created a lot of transition for them. We provided them with the ball a lot.”
The Sabres had 15 points from Moore, all over the final three quarters, and made 11-of-24 shots from the field in the second half.
North (1-6, 0-2), which got 10 points and six boards from Alex Silverman and seven points from Nicole Davidson, lost for the fourth straight time but Backer couldn’t be too upset over that considering they’ve played Neuqua Valley, Conant, Wheaton North and Streamwood.
“We’re a strong basketball team and we’ve got a difficult schedule and I think it’s going to help us out in the long run,” she said.