Early morning catches up to Trinity

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By BRAD SPENCER, Sports Editor

Trinity nearly came back from a 19-point deficit to upset St. Ignatius on Friday night, but fatigue may have won out in the end. The Blazers (12-8, 3-2) suffered a 48-44 loss to their GCAC Red opponent, despite making a gallant run in the final quarter.

Down 34-15 at the break, Trinity rattled off 16 points before Alison Sansone put the score even at 38-38 on a 3-pointer in the final five minutes of action.

Due to a live telecast from their gym for a local TV station early that morning, the Blazers had been up for longer than 20 hours before they took on the Wolfpack.

St. Ignatius converted 12 of 14 free throws in the final period to win the game.

Lykendra Johnson's 16 points led the Blazers, who host Mother McAuley Thursday night at 6 p.m.  

Huskies shutout

The OPRF Hockey Club wasn't able to get its vengeance on Bartlett Saturday. The Huskies (6-12-1) fell to the Hawks 6-0, capping two straight losses to the team this season.

The contest seemed to be a mismatch from the beginning as OPRF was outshot in the first period by a margin of 18-1. The first period was marred by several power play opportunities that put the Huskies at a disadvantage. With 3 minutes left in the period, the Hawks played for two full minutes with a 5-on-3 two-man advantage. Huskies' goalie, Bob Grayson, stopped all the shots against him during those penalties, however, the Huskies trailed 2-0.

The second period was much of the same and Bartlett managed two more goals before OPRF coach Anthony Morelli pulled Grayson with 5:33 left in the period.

Freshman Tanner Houston was in net for the remainder of the game and managed to save 10 of 12 shots on goal.

Bartlett played with an advantage for nearly 12 more minutes than the Huskies, which made the final score, 6-0, seem somewhat lopsided.

"It seems like everyone was waiting for someone else to step up and to take control of the game and we just can't afford to do that," said Morelli. "We'll be back and we'll win more games but tonight was a tough loss."

The Huskies regroup to play Andrew on Sunday at Ridgeland Commons. Face-off is set for 6:10 p.m., following the junior varsity game, which starts at 4:30 p.m.

Slaughter does it for OPRF

Amber Slaughter led the OPRF girls' basketball team to a 50-41 victory over West Suburban (Silver) Conference foe Downers Grove North on Friday.

Slaughter tallied 10 points, while Ashleen Bracey hauled down 14 rebounds to go along with her nine points.

The Huskies (13-4, 3-3) take on two of the conference's top teams this week. On Friday (6 p.m.), OPRF hosts Mallory Heydorn and Lyons Township (13-5), who crushed Glenbard West 61-45 on Friday. The Huskies then travel to 13th-ranked Hinsdale Central (13-3) on Saturday.

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