The OPRF girls basketball team’s season came to an end last week with a 59-57 overtime loss to Wheaton North in the semifinal of the Oak Park Regional.

The Huskies, who let slip a nine-point lead, had trouble hitting their free throws. The team finished 15-for-28 from the charity stripe.

Brittany Smith led OPRF with 16 points, while Miki Carter added 13. It was Carter’s layup at the buzzer in regulation that sent the game into overtime. Kendal Dirkin scored eight points in the third quarter before a head injury forced her out of the game.

“[The injury] had a great effect on us as Dirkin was playing very well,” said OPRF head coach Bob Biggins. “Tasia Race came off the bench and hit a key three-pointer, keeping us in the game.”

The Huskies also received help from Gabby Cole, who bucketed eight points in the fourth before Carter’s heroics as time expired in regulation.

The Huskies finished the season with a 20-10 overall record and an 8-4 West Suburban (Silver) Conference mark, good for second place behind Hinsdale Central. Carter closed out her high school career averaging 13.3 points per game. Dirkin averaged 11.2 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game for the Huskies.

“Overall, we’re pleased with our season,” said Biggins. “We played a highly competitive schedule, won both the Oswego East Christmas tourney and Fenton’s End of Season tourney.”

Key players expected back next year for OPRF include Smith (8.1 ppg), Cole (9.8 ppg), Race, Megan White, Bianca Flowers and Casey Blaha.

-Brad Spencer

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