Friars spread the wealth

? Coach to be inducted into Hall of Fame.

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By BRAD SPENCER, Sports Editor

To key in on one particular Fenwick player is likely to leave yourself vulnerable to a thrashing.

That's what happened to 20th-ranked Marist when they hosted No. 1-ranked Fenwick on Saturday. Marist (6-2, 0-1) chose to focus on containing senior Brittany Johnson, leaving Fenwick's other talented hoopsters free reign. The result was Fenwick 71, Marist 43.

Devereaux Peters took advantage of the lack of double-coverage attention by scoring 18 points, hauling down 13 rebounds and blocking seven shots. Samantha Woods added 16 points, while Erin Power chipped in 13 for the Friars, who blew the game wide open in the third quarter with a 25-point performance.

Although Johnson was the main target, she still managed nine points and five steals despite having four fouls early in the third.  

 "This team is very unselfish," said Fenwick head coach Dave Power. "They give up the ball and share the wealth. Who does an opponent key in on is a tough call with this team."

Sophomore Alison Jackson also had nine points for Fenwick, who took on cross-town rival Trinity in a non-conference matchup Tuesday night (after deadline).  

The win over Marist pushed Fenwick's perfect record to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference.

It was also announced last week that Power will be inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame come April. In nearly 30 years of coaching, Power has accumulated a career record of 611-182. He began his coaching career as coach of the girls' sophomore basketball team at Proviso East in 1975. Power spent five years as varsity coach at Proviso West before moving to Immaculate Heart of Mary where his 1986-87 team won a State championship. He began the girls' basketball program at Fenwick in 1992, and since has finished first, second and third (twice) at State.     

"It's a great honor, but I feel that I look back over 30 years of doing this and I've just had great kids," said Power. "The other thing is I've surrounded myself with great basketball people, from assistant coaches, to administrative people to athletic directors. It's more a tribute to them than me. They are the reason I'm being inducted."

Power said he wouldn't have minded if he received the honor a few years down the road.

"It's a great honor but it also means that I'm getting old," he said.

Power said he has no intentions of retiring anytime soon.

"As long as it continues to be fun I'm going to try and keep going as long as I can," he said.

Power coached Fenwick to a State championship in 2000. The team finished third at State last year and second in 2002. The Friars have only had two losing seasons ('92 and '93) under Power.

The ceremony will be held April 30 at the Bone Student Center on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal.  

The Friars travel to St. Viator tonight (Wednesday), before hosting Providence on Saturday (2:30 p.m.).

contact: bspencer@wjinc.com

 

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