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It had been six years since South Elgin last beat Bartlett in girls basketball, and that included a loss earlier this season back on Dec. 6.
But the Storm has brought in some reinforcements since that game with a whole new backcourt, and Saturday the guard tandem of Savanah Uveges and Nadia Young made a big difference in South Elgin’s 64-51 Upstate Eight Valley win.
Uveges, in her fourth game back from an ACL injury, scored a team-high 16 points. Young, a freshman, added 14 points.
“This was a game the girls have really been looking forward to,” said South Elgin coach Tim Prendergast. “They have been pounding us pretty good the last few years , so it was exciting to finally come out on the other end. We are a much different team with Savanah and Nadia in the lineup. The key today was we were able to press effectively and we took care of the basketball.”
Young gave the Storm a big boost in the first quarter with 10 points. Her three-pointer sparked a 9-0 run that put the Storm ahead for good 14-6. She also had a three-point play during the run.
“Nadia has been a tremendous addition to our team,” said Prendergast. “She is fearless out there. She handles the ball real well and is not afraid to take a shot.”
The Storm (13-10, 4-5) only led 25-20 at the break but extended that to 46-33 by late in the third quarter. Bartlett could get no closer than five points the rest of the way. South Elgin scored the final seven points to put the game away. Uveges scored 12 of her points in the second half. The Storm is 3-1 since she returned to the lineup.
“It was a little hard to get back in the groove at first,” said Uveges. “But I am getting more comfortable every game. The biggest thing has been catching up to the speed of the game. It’s one thing to practice, but in the game everything moves a lot quicker. I’m real happy I was able to make it back for this game. We were all so up for this game.”
Bartlett (12-10, 5-3) was plagued by 30 turnovers.
“South Elgin came out hard against us like we knew they would,” said Bartlett coach Denise Sarna. “We came out flat and dug ourselves a hole. Just way too many mental and physical mistakes. If we expect to take our game to the next level we can not have that many mistakes.”
Elizabeth Arco had 14 points to lead the Hawks in scoring.