The OPRF girls basketball team will be looking to snag an upset or two when the Huskies travel to Montini for a holiday tournament after Christmas. It won’t be an easy task for the 4-8 Huskies, who are coming off a 37-28 victory over Downers Grove North, their first West Suburban (Silver) Conference win of the season.

OPRF faces its biggest challenge on the first day of the tournament when they take on not one but two highly ranked teams. On Saturday morning, Dec. 26 at 8 a.m., the Huskies face the host Montini, a team ranked second in the state in several polls. OPRF won’t have much time to rest, nearly eight hours later the Huskies are slated to take on eighth-ranked Bogan at 4:45 p.m.

“We know we’ll see some very high quality teams at this tournament, and we want to show we’re willing to play and compete to the best of our ability,” said OPRF head coach Bob Biggins. “Even if we play well, we could take some heavy knocks, but we will keep coming back for more.

“I guess we’re like the rock’m sock’m robots, we push our head back down and we’re back in the fight. But seriously, we know we’re the bottom seed here but we’ll compete, we’ll learn, we’ll steal anything we can and we’ll keep coming. If the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t a train coming at us we’ll be OK.”

The Huskies face Jacobs on Monday (5 p.m.). Other highly-regarded teams competing in the tournament includes T.F. North, Marian Catholic and Marshall.

“We’re honored to be in such an impressive field,” added Biggins. “We’re just hoping to play well regardless of who we face.”

Against Downers North on Dec. 22, Maggie Tansey led the Huskies with 13 points, including shooting 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final quarter. Jakirrah Brown added 11 points, posting nine in the second half.

In other news, Roosevelt University announced last week that OPRF senior center Jamie Duffy became the school’s first girls basketball player to sign a letter of intent. The university has never featured women’s athletics in its 64-year history.

“I chose Roosevelt because it is an amazing opportunity to be able to go to school in the city, stay close to family, and play basketball,” said Duffy. “I am so excited to be making history as a member of the first women’s basketball team.”

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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...