GENEVA – In recognition of senior night, Geneva girls basketball players wore T-shirts sporting the words “Respect Your Elders” on the front before Friday’s game with Streamwood.
In a show of admiration of the graduating team members, an all-senior lineup started the game and the first three substitutions featured seniors as well.
However, it was the underclassmen that provided the offensive spark for the Vikings, who defeated the Sabres, 57-38, in an Upstate Eight Conference River Division game.
Freshman Grace Loberg led the way with a game-high 18 points and junior teammate Janie McCloughan finished with 13 points.
The Sabres (10-11 5-5 UEC River) held the lead for the first five minutes until Loberg’s first basket of the night at the 2:40 mark tied the game at 5.
The 6-foot-1 forward put her team ahead by connecting on two free throws to give the Vikings a 7-5 lead.
The outcome of the game was never in doubt once Geneva (17-5, 7-2) took the lead.
Another Loberg bucket game her team a 16-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
“Grace played great,” said Geneva coach Sarah Meadows. “In four minutes she scored 12 points and it’s amazing.”
“My teammates made it pretty easy for me to do what I was able to do,” Loberg said. “I just wanted to play a good game and win one for the seniors”.
Geneva expanded their lead to 18 points at the half, leading 32-14 and led 48-24 after three quarters.
The Vikings defense held Hannah McGlone, Streamwood’s usual scoring leader to four points.
“We played the two three zone to kind of sandwich her,” Meadows said. “One in front and one in back and get some pressure on her.”
Senior Madeline Dunn scored eight points for the Vikings.
Kiana Jeremiah was the Sabres’ top scorer with eight points while teammates Cayla Hawkins notched seven and Holly Foret scored six.