By Brad Spencer
Jumping back into West Suburban (Silver) Conference competition must have seemed like a relief for the OPRF girls basketball team.
After competing in the Montini Holiday Tournament where several powerhouse teams filled out the field, the Huskies split a pair of conference games last week. The Huskies (6-12, 2-5) pummeled Glenbard West 74-40 on Saturday, a day after suffering a 60-48 loss to Lyons Township.
Against Glenbard West, OPRF scored 27 points in the first half and never looked back. The team connected on 13 three-pointers in the game, including five by Hailey Hoye, who finished with 19 points. Others who contributed in the win included Caroline Kelty (14 points), Cuyla Hall (10 points), Emily Schreck (10 points), and Alison Carraher (7 points, 4 steals).
In the loss to Lyons, Kelty led the Huskies with 12 points.
OPRF went 1-3 at the Montini Tournament, grabbing it's only victory with a 49-26 thrashing of Hinsdale South in the second round. The Huskies suffered close losses to Plainfield East, 65-52, Bogan, 49-45, and South Elgin, 53-49.
Kicking off the tournament with undefeated and highly ranked Plainfield East was no easy task for the Huskies, who managed to get within four points of the Bengals a few times in the second half. Kelty and Maeve Connelly combined for 26 points, each scoring 13 apiece.
Against Bogan, a team the Huskies knocked out of the playoffs last year, Kelty recorded a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Hall finished with 10 points.
In their final game of the tournament against South Elgin, Kelty led the Huskies with 15 points. Hoye finished with 14 points, and Tika Hurt came off the bench to pocket four steals in the second half.
"We had every chance to win those last two games but just couldn't make the shots we needed to make in the final seconds," said OPRF head coach J.P Coughlin. "It was a great experience seeing such quality basketball at the tournament.
"Our team has proven that they can play with anybody. The next step in our improvement and the development of our program is to close out and finish games."
The conference games don't let up for the Huskies, who travel to York on Jan. 12 and Downers Grove North on Jan. 19. Both games tip-off at 2:30 p.m.
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