The Trinity basketball team put up some big numbers in its first three games of the 2010-11 season last week. The Blazers downed Oak Forest 80-35 on Saturday night, after trouncing Joliet 75-17 the night before and opening the season with a 49-36 win over OPRF.

Megan Podkowa led the Blazers past Oak Forest with 22 points, while Alyssa Dengler added 17 and Taricka Linzy 11. Freshman Lauren Prochaska and sophomore Mikayla Leyden caught the scoring bug as well, tallying 10 and nine points respectively.

Trinity shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line and forced 36 turnovers in the game.

Podkowa scored 13 points and Leyden 12 in the lopsided win over Joliet. Dengler chipped in 11 points and Linzy 10 in that victory.

At 6-foot-1, Podkowa is known more for her scoring and rebounding than for swiping the ball away from opponents. But in Trinity’s season and home opener on Nov. 16, the junior pocketed a career-high eight steals to help lead the Blazers to a 49-36 victory over area-rival OPRF.

Podkowa also led the game in scoring with 16 points. Linzy added 11 points for the Blazers, while Dengler scored nine and Leyden six.

Trinity took a marginal 12-11 lead in the first quarter and held a two-point advantage by halftime. Opening night jitters quelled in the second half as the Blazers went on a 7-0 run to break away.

By the end of the contest, Podkowa had added eight rebounds to her impressive stats. Trinity’s Vicki Harris also hauled down eight boards in the win.

The Blazers begin the Naperville Central Tournament on Friday.

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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...