ALGONQUIN – Had there been only one half to be played Tuesday night, Jacobs’ girls basketball team would have been in great shape. The Golden Eagles took a one-point lead into halftime of their Class 4A Jacobs Regional semifinal against top-seeded South Elgin.
The second half proved to be much different, as the Eagles (8-21) were outscored by 17 points en route to a 64-48 loss, which included a 22-5 third quarter in favor of South Elgin.
“They came out in the second half and made the necessary adjustments,” Jacobs coach Joe Benoit said. “They are the No. 1 seed for a reason. I’m just so proud of the way my girls fought all the way until the end.”
That fight continued, even late in the game, when the comeback was out of reach. The Eagles made nine 3-pointers, including two from Alyssa Lach and teammates Tiffany Frighetto and Jessica Powell.
“We weren’t going to give up,” Lach said. “We always talk about fighting until then end and trying to make game-changing plays. They were a really tough team.”
Senior guard Savanah Uveges led the Storm with a game-high 17 points.
“We weren’t going to let our season end like that,” Uveges said. “We knew we were the No. 1 seed and needed to start playing like it.”