By Brad Spencer
The Fenwick girls basketball team kept its undefeated streak alive after visiting Marist for a Saturday afternoon game, but it wasn't easy.
The Friars ended up holding on for a 99-97 victory in overtime against the RedHawks, pushing their record to 8-0 overall and 2-0 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference.
Eva Brundage hit two clutch free throws with under two seconds left in the extra period to put Fenwick up. JeTaun Rouse, who led Marist with 37 points, had a three-point attempt at the buzzer fall short.
Fenwick fell into a 15-point deficit in the second quarter but clawed its way out to enter the break trailing 49-44. Jade Owens spearheaded the Friars' frenzy by scoring 28 points, 22 of which came after halftime. Brundage finished with 17 points, while Maya Garland added 14.
Earlier last week, the Friars bombarded Providence with three-pointers en route to an 88-47 conference opening victory. Eleven different players tossed up a total of 40 threes for Fenwick, including Owens who finished with 21 points. Maggie Reilly added 11 points.
Fenwick's tall and even young players hit from beyond the three-point arc. Six-foot-1 center Selena Mullis dropped one in from downtown, as did freshmen Kiki Sheard and Deja Cage, who connected on three from long range. As a team, Fenwick made 17 of 40 shots from three-point land.
The Friars jumped out to a 33-10 lead after just one period and never looked back. They led 55-19 by halftime, after which head coach Dave Power took off his team's smothering press-and-trap defense.
Fenwick hosts its next three games, beginning with Joliet Catholic on Thursday (Dec. 13). The Friars welcome in cross-town rival OPRF (4-5) on Saturday and Elk Grove on Dec. 19. All games tip-off at 7 p.m.