In a rematch of last year's Class 3A state finalists, Morgan Park defeated Fenwick, 76-67, at Glenbard East in the When Sides Collide Shootout on Jan. 20.
The Mustangs previously outlasted the Friars 69-67 in overtime in the 3A 2017 state championship game.
On Saturday, nationally-ranked sophomores Adam Miller (Morgan Park) and DJ Steward (Fenwick) put on a show for the fans. Miller made nine straight 3-pointers en route to a game-high 32 points, while Steward recorded a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Leading 55-54 at the start of the fourth quarter, Morgan Park went on a 9-0 run to establish some distance from Fenwick. The teams essentially traded baskets the rest of the way.
Fenwick guard Damari Nixon scored nine points and junior swingman Billy Bruce chipped in eight. Forward Lucas Kolovitz, filling in for injured senior Michael O'Laughlin contributed eight points and 11 rebounds, for the Friars.
The Friars earned a split over the weekend with a 60-52 victory in overtime at St. Rita. Steward scored 24 points and Damari Nixon also reached double figures with 12.
Fenwick (14-6) faces host DePaul Prep on Friday, Jan. 26 in Chicago. Tipoff is 7 p.m.
OPRF girls basketball
The short-handed Huskies defeated host Hinsdale Central 59-46 on Saturday. The win was particularly impressive given that OPRF was missing two starters to injury — Amaya Coleman and Darse Sanchez.
"This was a really nice win for us," OPRF coach JP Coughlin said. "With Darse out, that's 19 points per game we have to replace. A bunch of kids stepped up today. Joi [Holman] was fantastic on both ends for us."
Ahsha Spencer led the Huskies with 19 points and Holman scored 11.
OPRF is on the road next weekend with games Friday, Jan. 26 at Proviso West (6 p.m.) and Saturday, Jan. 27 at Lyons Township (6:30 p.m.).
Fenwick girls basketball
Senior forward McKenzie Blaze scored a game-high 24 points in a 51-42 loss against visiting Montini. The Friars host Homewood-Flossmoor on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m.
OPRF girls gymnastics
The Huskies closed out the regular season at home against Glenbard West on Jan. 22. Both teams recorded season-high team scores as the visiting Hilltoppers defeated the Huskies 150.20-143.90.
OPRF junior Hannah Thompson scored well in several events with second-place showings in vault (personal best 9.4) and bars (9.4). Thompson also earned personal bests in beam (9.05/sixth place), floor (9.3/third) and all-around (37.15/third).
Freshmen Iriel Conley and Evie Dellagrazie also performed well. Both scored 35.50 in all-around. Conley's event scores included vault (9.2), bars (8.5), beam (8.7) and floor (9.1), while Dellegrazie's were vault (8.8), bars (9.15), beam (8.4) and floor (9.2).
"I'm very excited about Hannah joining the team as a junior," OPRF coach Kris Wright said. "She performs at a very high level. Evelyn and Iriel have also contributed good scores this season. We have a lot of good all-arounders."
Juniors Zion Phillpotts (vault, 8.95/floor, personal best 8.9) and Sophia Preys (bars, personal best 9.05/floor, personal best 9.0) and sophomore Jenna Schainis (vault, 8.6) contributed solid efforts for the Huskies.
Unfortunately, junior Grace Luptak severely sprained her left ankle during her floor routine. She had X-rays and is currently in an air cast. Prior to the injury, Luptak scored 8.65 in both the bars and beam,
Hinsdale Central is hosting the West Suburban Conference Meet on Sat. Jan. 27. OPRF hosts a regional on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m.
The Friars finished seventh out of 16 teams with a score of 71 at the Chicago Catholic League Championships. Montini won the title with 344.5 points, with Mount Carmel second (265.5) and Marmion third (204).
Fenwick sophomore Jacob Kaminski (20-2) advanced to the 195-pound title bout, losing to Montini's Pete Christensen via a fall at the 3:34 mark of the match.
Friars' Adam Zuber and Aidan Flaherty finished fourth in the 132- and 182-pound classes, respectively.
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