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Larkin's Elizabeth Oladokun (left) and Dundee-Crown's Jillian Wiechmann reach for a rebound Tuesday in Carpentersville. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media
After a handful of narrow defeats in an 0-9 start to the season, Dundee-Crown’s girls basketball team came out at home more than ready to win Tuesday in a nonconference game against Larkin.
The Chargers are winless no more after Jill Weichmann led a charge on the basket from the start until the fourth quarter in a 59-28 victory.
“It’s frustrating to lose those close ones,” Dundee-Crown coach Michelle Russell said.
“It’s just little things. Obviously we capitalized today, but we’ve got to come back Friday and play a good conference game against Jacobs and keep building on this win.
“We could have been on a five-game winning streak as much as a seven-game losing streak, and so we’re just hoping to get over that hump and continue rolling.”
Weichmann has picked up in the D-C offense where former stars like Ali Sanders, Carlin Faulkner and Diamond Williams left off.
The 5-foot-8 senior guard scored 20 points to lead her team Tuesday, while hauling down eight rebounds and making three steals.
“I was more like a defensive player last year — this year I’m more offensive,” she said.
“I worked on my game a lot and knew we lost most of our offensive players from last year and I had to fill that spot.”
Larkin had one player who could more than offset Sanders’ scoring.
Sophomore guard Quixmia Washington struck for 23 of her team’s 28 points in the game.
Obviously, the Royals needed someone to help like D-C had.
“We’re trying to spread it out, but certainly we’ve got ‘Q,’ so we’re going to use her to her abilities,” Larkin coach Ruben Flores said.
“And that’s what we’re trying to do is run off of her.”
The Chargers outplayed Larkin from the start in every phase, scoring eight points after seven first-quarter D-C turnovers, nine second-chance points in a game they dominated on the boards all night, and assuming an 18-6 lead heading into the second quarter.
D-C (1-9) outrebounded Larkin 48-21 on the night and hit 13-of-32 shots from the floor in the first half (41 percent), while holding Larkin to just 20 percent (4-of-20) from the field then.
Larkin (1-13) trailed 33-14 by halftime, then got outscored 18-5 in the third quarter.
Freshman Frankie Cavallaro came off the bench for 11 points, including three three-pointers, and freshman Melissa Barker also hit a three-pointer for the Chargers, who had six treys on the night.
“We have a lot of good outside shooters,” Weichmann said.
“Especially our freshmen are very good at shooting this year.”
Chargers 5-9 sophomore guard Lauren Lococo had six points and 10 rebounds, and junior Jereneka Baker six points and seven boards.
Sophomore Jesenia Laboy had six points and 10 boards.
“Rebounding really killed us,” Flores said. “We weren’t really getting back on defense.
“We tried to fire the girls up before the game, but I don’t know, they didn’t come out with the intensity that we expected.
“We knew Dundee-Crown was hungry because their season hasn’t been probably going as their coach expected and knew they would come out with fire and intensity and defend their home court and they did.”