Free throws define Friars' rollercoaster weekend
A night removed from a difficult two-loss to Loyola in Catholic League North action, the Fenwick High School boys basketball team showed its resiliency with a 58-46 win over host Hinsdale Central during Saturday's 17th annual High School Hoops Showdown.
Sophomore point guard Mike Smith tied his career-high of 26 points, highlighted by a perfect night at the charity stripe (17-for-17 free throws) including 10 in the fourth quarter. Scott Lindsey contributed 11 points for the Friars (14-6, 5-2). Fenwick made 23 of 27 free throws on the night. Matt Rafferty scored a team-high 16 points and Thomas Ives netted 11 points for the Red Devils (13-6)
Against Loyola on Friday, Fenwick forward Tom Planek missed the front end of two free throws with 0.2 seconds remaining to clinch the host Ramblers' 41-39 victory. Planek earned his way to the free throw line after hauling in a rebound off a missed jumper by Scott Lindsey, who led the Friars in scoring with 11 points. The Northwestern-bound Lindsey, who has showed signs of his signature athleticism since his return from a leg injury, also canned three shots from beyond the arc. Planek finished with six points and five rebounds and Dan Dwyer tallied four points and 10 rebounds for Fenwick. Jack Morrissey netted a game-high 17 points including five three-pointers for Loyola (16-2, 8-0).
OPRF splits pair of conference games
The Huskies hit their stride during the second and third quarters to pull away from host Downers Grove North 73-60 Saturday in a West Suburban Conference Silver Division game. Up 16-14 after the first quarter, OPRF (14-5, 3-3) outscored the Trojans 16-9 in the second quarter to build a 32-23 halftime advantage. The Huskies kept the pressure on with a 20-14 scoring edge in the third quarter. Offensive balanced triggered the victory as four players reached double figures. Erick Locke led the way with 18 points, followed by Malik Garrett (15 points), Dallis Flowers (12 points) and Jawaan Jackson (10 points). Javonni Harrell played well in the paint with six points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. OPRF shot particularly well behind the three-point arc, sinking 9 of 16 shots.
OPRF lost a 64-62 heartbreaker to York in Elmhurst on Friday. The Huskies outscored the Dukes 25-9 in the third quarter to seize a 45-43 lead, but York rallied for the victory. Locke scored 24 points and made 12 of 16 free throws, while his senior backcourt mate Gant contributed 16 points and five steals. Simmie Cobbs added 12 points and six boards for the Huskies.
Huskies fall to Downers Grove North, Evanston
Emily Schreck scored 15 points and Alison Carraher added 12 points in the Huskies' 53-51 loss to Downers Grove North (Jan. 21). Hailey Hoye also reached double figures with 10 points for OPRF, which played without three key players due to injury (Erin Orr, Chardonnay Harris, Katie Mullins).
"We played really well and gave it our best," Schreck said. "Obviously we wish we could have won, but I felt like we proved we are a good team and can hang with anyone."
Hoye led OPRF with 20 points in a 61-36 nonconference loss to visiting Evanston (Jan. 23).
"The Evanston game was tough," Carraher said. "They are a great team and it was hard to say positive when our shots weren't falling."
OPRF hosts Hinsdale Central in another key West Suburban Conference Silver Division matchup Saturday (4 p.m.) at the OPRF Field House.
Trinity reels in two more wins
The Blazers earned a hard-fought 50-39 victory over Mother McAuley over the weekend. Lauren Prochaska scored 16 points and Annie McKenna chipped in 14 points for Trinity (18-4).
Trinity also notched a relatively comfortable 72-37 win over visiting Hinsdale Central. The Blazers raced out to a 27-10 lead after one quarter and cruised the rest of the way against the short-handed Red Devils. McKenna netted a team-high 19 points to go along with 10 assists and five steals. Patricia Stritzel finished with 17 points for the red-hot Blazers, who shot well over 50 percent for the game.
Fenwick loses at McDonald's Chicagoland Prep Classic
The Friars couldn't overcome Sydney Smith's 29 points and nine rebounds as Vernon Hills edged Fenwick 60-46 at the 24th annual McDonald's Chicagoland Prep Classic hosted by Willowbrook High School. Maya Garland scored 10 points for Fenwick. Fenwick also dropped a 75-58 decision to Bishop McNamara in Kankakee.
The Friars remain on the road this week with games today at Geneva (7:30 p.m.) and at New Trier on Saturday (1:30 p.m.).
-Roundup compiled by Marty Farmer