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12/06/2012 Elgin Streamwood senior Jessica Cerda (30) carries the ball up court during the game at Elgin on Thursday, December 6, 2012. Streamwood defeated Elgin 56-39. | Michael Jarecki ~ For Sun-Times Media
Though it didn’t play its best game, Streamwood still proved to be too much for a pesky Elgin team Thursday night at Elgin’s Chesbrough Field House.
The Sabres won their sixth consecutive game, scoring a 56-39 triumph in Upstate Eight Conference River action.
The visiting Sabres (8-1, 3-0) built a 34-20 lead heading into halftime, and played their best basketball of the night to open the second half as they rattled off a 10-0 run to open up a 24-point lead.
“The start of the third quarter was a really, really good run,” Streamwood coach George Rosner said.
“That third quarter was what we’re capable, that first four or five minutes we were pretty tough.”
The Maroons (3-6, 0-3) kept things from getting out of hand as a three-pointer from Anna Eckholm at 3:49 marked their first points of the quarter.
The basket also started a seven-point run for the Maroons.
Elgin kept that momentum going with a 12-4 run to open the fourth quarter, trimming the Sabres lead to 50-39, but it was too little too late as the Sabres’ big lead held up and the came away with the win.
“Our kids played hard, and they played pretty well I thought,” Elgin coach Nick Bumbales said. “I was really pleased with a lot of things tonight and coming off of a tough rival loss the other night (to Larkin) we could have easily tanked, but they came out and gave it their best effort.”
Four Sabres’ players tallied double figures as Deja Moore led the way with 15 points while Holly Foret, Jessica Cerda and Hannah McGlone all tallied 10.
McGlone was also a force on the defensive end with six rebounds, six blocks and three steals.
“Hannah saved us defensively tonight on several occasions,” Rosner said.
“Having her back there is a luxury, and that saves us when we’re not rebounding the ball very well.”
Elgin was led offensively by Jess Ramirez and Kristin Tayag.
They each had eight points each.
Eckholm added seven points and Tamara Milosevic grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with six points for the Maroons.