Photos by J. GEIL/Staff Photographer

The Fenwick girls basketball team played three games in three days last week and racked up three victories by a combined score of 212-112. Not a bad way to start a season.

After a rough second quarter, the Friars (3-0) put away Johnsburg 66-38 in the second round of the Niles North Tournament on Saturday night. Johnsburg’s Iowa-bound Melissa Dixon scored 18 points in the first half, but the Friars held the senior guard to just three thereafter and the rest of the Skyhawks to nine.

Sarah Williams led the Friars with 17 points, while Kathleen Roche added 14 and freshman Jade Owens 11.

Fenwick took a 33-3 lead in the first quarter against Wheeling on Friday night and never looked back. The Friars, who were to take on Niles North last night (after deadline) for what could likely be head coach Dave Power’s 800th career victory, walked away from that match-up with a 68-36 victory.

“It’s a great start,” said Power (799-206 in 34 years), who, if the Friars were able to get by Niles North on Tuesday night, joins Marshall coach Dorothy Gaters as the only high school girls basketball coaches in the state with 800 wins or more. “Those teams had trouble keeping up with us, which means the pace of our game is good. We’re not too fast, but we seem to force the tempo to our advantage.”

Kyra Navarrete and Roche led the Friars past Wheeling. Navarrete scored 16 points, while Roche finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

On Nov. 18, the Friars crushed cross-town rival OPRF 78-38. Four players each scored in double digits for a combined 51 points. Williams, Roche, Navarrete and Hannah Ballard led the Friars in their season and home opener.

Williams and Roche each scored 14 points apiece, while Navarrete added 12 and Ballard 11. The seniors dominated the Huskies (0-2) from the beginning, taking a 19-7 lead in the first quarter.

Owens made her varsity debut by scoring six points, all in the second half.

Stekara Hall’s nine points led the Huskies, who began the Marist Thanksgiving Tournament this week. OPRF fell to Trinity 49-36 in its season opener in River Forest the night before the Fenwick game. Hall scored 16 points in that loss.

“Those that are coming to East and Washington streets to try to bury the Friars now that Tricia Liston is gone better bring a big shovel,” said OPRF head coach Bob Biggins whose team trailed the Friars 32-16 at halftime. “They have a great combination of size and speed and youth and experience.”

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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...