The Fenwick basketball team knows how to spoil a special occasion. The Friars did just that on Friday night when they traveled to Seton Academy and handed the Sting a 64-63 loss on their Senior Night.

Fenwick’s party crashing didn’t come too easy as the Friars (14-9, 4-4) let slip a 14-point lead in the second quarter. Luckily, Michael Black came off the bench in the fourth quarter to pop in 11 points in a span of just over a minute and restore order for the Friars. Newman Delany hit the front end of a one-and-one to put Fenwick up 64-61 with 16 seconds remaining. The Friars managed to hold off Seton and star player Louann Spann for the win.

Spann finished with 26 points, and played the entire fourth quarter with four fouls.

Sophomore Xavier Humphrey led the Friars with 17 points, while Delany, who has committed to North Carolina and plans on trying out as wide receiver for the football team, dished out 11 of the team’s 18 assists in the game.

The Friars were up 28-14 in the middle of the second, but were then outscored 14-7. Black hit a buzzer beater at the end of the third to start the come back.

“It’s a relief to have a good bench with such a young team,” said Quinn. “We’re thankful for that.”

Fenwick will try and make sure its own Senior Night isn’t spoiled when Mt. Carmel visits Friday night (7:30 p.m.) for a Catholic League cross-over game. The team then travels to Nazareth on Feb. 28 to open the regional playoffs.

“We have health on our side right now, and that’s always good at this point in the season,” said Quinn.

Peters drops in triple-double

Mostly known for its overpowering defense, the Fenwick girls basketball team slightly changed course on Saturday and put on a scoring show. The Friars (30-2) downed Proviso West 73-57 to win the Hillside Regional championship and advance to the Riverside Brookfield Sectional where they took on cross-town rival OPRF last night (after deadline).

Devereaux Peters led the onslaught by turning out a triple-double of 20 points, 17 rebounds, and 11 blocks. The Notre-Dame bound center received help from fellow senior Alison Jackson, who finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Holly Harvey and freshman Tricia Liston added to the firestorm with 10 points apiece.

“I told the team we weren’t going to overlook anyone entering the playoffs,” said Fenwick head coach Dave Power, who, with Saturday’s win, reached 700 victories in his coaching career. “I like the way we are playing, and I’m confident we’ll continue to play our best basketball.”

The Friars opened the playoffs on Feb. 14 with a 64-29 victory over Elmwood Park. Jackson and Liston both scored 14 points apiece in the win.

A victory over OPRF would pit the Friars against either Proviso East or area-rival Trinity in the sectional championship on Thursday night (7:30 p.m.). Trinity knocked Fenwick out of the playoffs last season. The winner will go on to play Monday night (7:30 p.m.) at UIC for the super-sectional championship.

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...