Hoopsters earn tourney hardware

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Four area high school basketball teams concluded their Thanksgiving festivities with tournament titles over the weekend, not to mention early-season undefeated records. The OPRF girls and boys took home hardware from their respective tournaments, as did the Fenwick girls' team and Trinity. Here's a recap:

Huskies shine at Willowbrook

Ashleen Bracey's 27 points led the OPRF girls' basketball team to a 55-40 title win over the host of the Willowbrook Thanksgiving tournament on Friday.

Bracey also pulled down eight rebounds, and the Huskies posted their fifth straight win of the season. Casey Judge added eight points in the victory.

"We're off to a great start and I like what I see," said OPRF head coach Adrian Newell. "The team is playing aggressive defense with minimal fouls and that's what we want."

The Huskies (5-0) chewed away at Northside Prep in a 44-34 victory on Nov. 23. Amber Slaughter led the mauling with 14 points and seven rebounds. Bracey snagged 10 rebounds and dished out four assists, while Caley Hague added 11 points.

Leading up to Friday's showdown with the host of the tournament, the Huskies blasted St. Benedict 52-19. Bracey recorded her first double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Tina Frank added nine points and 12 rebounds.

OPRF may receive an addition this week to its already balanced attack. Markita Lilly, a junior, who aggravated a hip flexor during tryouts two weeks ago, was expected back later this week, according to Newell.

"She will be an impact player for us," said Newell.

The Huskies opened West Suburban (Silver) Conference (WSC) play last night (after deadline) against Proviso West. They'll host Lyons Township on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

OPRF boys storm through tourney

The OPRF boys' basketball team won the Foreman Thanksgiving tourney by shutting down the host and reeling off to a 46-38 victory on Saturday.

Lamont Sanders led the Huskies with 15 points, while Jason Simmons added 11 points to go along with his nine rebounds.

OPRF defeated Evanston 67-57 the night before, and clobbered Tilden 63-33 in the opener on Nov. 23.

The Huskies host Lyons Township in their home and WSC conference opener on Friday (7:30 p.m.). It was the Lions' downfall that helped install OPRF into the top spot for the WSC title last season. LT lost six of their final nine-regular season games, finishing with a conference record of 8-4. The Lions lost four starters to graduation last year, including the 6-foot-7-inch Adam Powers, who averaged 15 points per game.

The Huskies will need to contain Mike Scavuzzo, a 6-3 swingman and the lone starter returning from last season.

Blazers push record to 5-0

Trinity came from behind to edge Lake Park 44-41 and win the Lake Park Thanksgiving tournament on Saturday.

Trailing 16-10 after the first quarter, the Blazers sped away with the help of Lykendra Johnson, who finished with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Trinity led at half 27-22, and received additional scoring from Monica Albano (10 points).

On Dec. 22, the Blazers dismantled Fenton 70-25 behind Amanda Macchiaone's 16 points and nine rebounds. Johnson posted her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.

Niles North a breeze for Friars

The Fenwick girls' basketball breezed through the Niles North tournament by annihilating three opponents by a combined score of 159-92.

The Friars (5-0) took home the title with a 53-25 victory over Montini on Saturday. Alison Jackson led the way with 15 points and four blocks.

Fenwick's Devereaux Peters earned All-tournament honors by helping her team to a 48-28 win over Fremd. The junior finished with a triple-double of 15 points, 10 blocks and 11 rebounds. Peters' 20 points also led the Friars in a 58-39 win over Resurrection to open the tournament.

Contact: bspencer@wjinc.com




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