The Chargers committed 23 turnovers on their way to a season-ending loss to Streamwood in the other semifinal Tuesday.
After a first quarter that had the score tied at 10, D-C fell behind, 17-10, on three straight baskets by the Sabres.
The Chargers were never able to regain the lead.
Junior guard Lauren Lococo led the Chargers with 12 points and knew getting back into the game after falling behind would be a tough task.
“Everything starts on defense with us,” Lococo said. “We knew we needed to get stops to get back it in, and they didn’t let that happen.”
Kiana Jeremiah led the Sabres with a game-high 19 points. Jeremiah went 11 for 12 from the free-throw line, including 6 of 6 in the fourth quarter.
“It’s hard for us to get back in it when they don’t miss free throws.” Chargers coach Sarah Miller said. “We had to foul to get the ball back and it seemed like [Jeremiah] was always the one at the line. I give credit to Streamwood on a tough battle.”
Despite her team finishing with a 10-22 record, Miller stressed the importance of what this season meant to the girls and the program.
“Even though looking at our record doesn’t show it, we weren’t a losing team this year,” Miller said. “Our girls played so hard and gave it everything they had. We improved so much and did so many things well. The girls should be proud of themselves.”