Cross-town showdown
Prediction
Fenwick 67
OPRF 25*

If you noticed, and we’re sure you did, last week’s sports cover page in this newspaper unintentionally gave a prediction to the outcome of the Fenwick girls basketball team’s match-up against OPRF, which will take place at OPRF before the boys’ game tomorrow (6 p.m.). The score tag in Fenwick’s story about its game against Joliet Catholic mistakenly read: Fenwick 67, OPRF 25. It may very well have been an editing error on our part, but we’re keeping our ego in check by looking at it as some sort of divine intervention. So yes, we’re sticking to that prediction, although, we do feel the Huskies (6-6) will probably score more than 25 points. Despite the team’s troubles the last few weeks-which included a 25-point performance in a loss to Hinsdale Central-Miki Carter (7 rebounds per game), Kendal Dirkin, Gabby Cole and Bianca Flowers have been impressive on the court. Carter racked up 19 points in her team’s one-point loss to Glenbard West on Dec. 7.

Fenwick (10-2), who won the Class AA State title last season but lost four starters to graduation, have only been defeated in two games thus far. Both losses were close and to very good teams. The Friars fell 69-67 to Wheeling (currently ranked seventh in the state) and 80-68 to Indiana’s defending state champ, Heritage Christian. Super sophomores Tricia Liston and Katlyn Payne play like seasoned veterans. Liston started for the Friars as a freshman and scored 10 points in their 37-25 win over Bolingbrook in last year’s state championship. The 6-foot-1-inch guard and her 5-11 counter-part, Payne, a transfer student from Edwardsville (Elgin), combined for 51 points in the loss to Heritage Christian. Liston and Payne won’t be the only trouble for the Huskies. The Friars are solid all-around, as evidenced in their 67-25 blowout of Joliet Catholic on Dec. 8 when Liston sat on the bench with a sore ankle.

Fenwick, a team averaging nearly 70 points per game, will come away with this win. The only question is just how early in the game the victory will be apparent.

* Indicates another 15 points should be added for respectability.

-Brad Spencer

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