B-ball teams off to winning start

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By BRAD SPENCER

All three high school girls basketball teams in the Oak Park and River Forest area opened their seasons without a loss over the weekend. Fenwick dusted Wheeling after a slow start, while Trinity scored 228 points total in three victories and OPRF had three players score in double-digits in a victory over Maine East. Here's how things played out on the hardwood:

Friars bounce Wheeling

The Fenwick girls' basketball team opened the season on a high note last week by winning its first two games of the Niles North Thanksgiving tournament.

Fenwick (2-0) downed sixth-ranked Wheeling 53-40 at Niles North on Saturday, and crushed the host of the tournament on the Friars' home court 72-35 on Friday.

Against Wheeling, things started off sluggish for the No. 1-ranked Friars. Trailing 11-5 in the first half, Alison Jackson hit two free throws and Maggie Kloak converted a three-point play to give Fenwick some life. Andrea DiCanio roused her team from its slumber by nailing two consecutive three-pointers, and the Friars never looked back. Fenwick took a 31-24 lead into halftime.

Devereaux Peters, Erin Power and Alison Jackson led Fenwick with 11 points apiece, while Maggie Kloak added nine and DiCanio chipped in eight.

Jackson garnered 19 points, six rebounds, and three steals in the onslaught over Niles North. Peters finished with 17 points, five rebounds and three blocks.

Fenwick took on Resurrection last night (Tuesday, after deadline), before facing Fremd on Friday and Montini on Saturday, both at Niles North.

Blazers put up big numbers

Trinity scorched three opponents in the opening round of pool play in the Elk Grove tournament. The Blazers (3-0) downed Hoffman Estates 69-34 on Saturday, and Phillips 82-33 on Thursday. Trinity opened the tourney by clobbering Elk Grove 77-48.

Lykendra Johnson led the Blazers in the win over Hoffman Estates. Johnson scored 28 points and hauled down 17 rebounds. Marché Smith, who scored 19 points in the win over Phillips, added 12 points to go along with four rebounds and three steals.

"We're off to a good start," said Trinity head coach Don Sansone. "It's nice to see."

Slaughter leads OPRF

Amber Slaughter's 14 points and seven rebounds led the Huskies to a 56-34 victory over Maine East at the Willowbrook tournament on Saturday.

Ashleen Bracey added 12 points, and pocketed five steals, while Caley Hague dropped in 11 points for the Huskies.

OPRF downed Driscoll 51-33 to open the tournament and the season on Friday. Clare O'Connor scored seven points in the victory.

The Huskies took on St. Benedict on Tuesday night (after deadline), before going up against Northside Prep tonight and wrapping up the tournament against the host on Friday. OPRF hosts Lyons Township in their home opener on Dec. 2.

Contact: bspencer@wjinc.com

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