If Tricia Liston was still suffering from the effects of a broken bone in her foot that occurred a few weeks ago, the sophomore didn’t show any signs of it on Saturday. The 5-foot-10-inch forward rattled off a career-high 30 points to lead the Fenwick girls basketball team to a decisive 67-36 victory over Nazareth. The win kept the Friars (17-3 overall) in line for their 14th straight East Suburban Catholic Conference title. Fenwick is currently a perfect 6-0 in the conference.
Liston, who suffered her foot injury on Nov. 29 against Neuqua Valley, rattled off 12 points in the opening quarter to help put the Friars up 23-3. It was all Fenwick the rest of the way as the Friars held a 20-point lead at halftime.
Filling in for Katlyn Payne, who was out with a foot injury, Claire Liston made the most of her opportunity with 14 points and nine rebounds. Colleen Forkin added 11 points for Fenwick.
After edging highly-ranked Buffalo Grove 60-52 in overtime to win their fourth straight Dundee Crown Charger Classic over the holidays, the Friars were on the other end of the win-loss column when they faced the Bison again as part of the Sweet 16 Tournament on Thursday. With Payne on the bench with a broken bone in her foot and Tricia Liston, who scored 23 points in the first victory, still hobbled by her own foot problems, Fenwick fell to Buffalo Grove 52-47 in the rematch.
The Friars led by as much as 11, but the Bison came roaring back in the final quarter. Maggie Mocchi (21 points) made 10 consecutive free throws in the final minutes of action to seal the win for Buffalo Grove.
Lauren Gula and Tricia Liston led Fenwick with 13 points apiece, while Claire Liston added nine points and six rebounds.
Forkin helped send the Charger Classic title game into overtime with a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation. The Friars then relied on accurate free-throw shooting in the extra stanza. Tricia Liston and Gula hit two key free throws apiece to secure the victory. Payne finished with 16 points to help lead Fenwick to its seventh tournament title in nine years.
The Friars host St. Ignatius Friday (5:45 p.m.) and Providence Saturday (2:30 p.m.).