Young’s all-encompassing defense proved too much for the Trinity basketball team on Saturday as the Blazers fell 60-45 to the second-ranked Dolphins.

Trinity (9-2) got within five of Young in the second quarter but turnovers plagued the team from then on. The Blazers, who were without key players Mikayla Leyden (knee injury) and Divinity Brown (knee), handed the ball over a total of 32 times in the game.

Trinity’s Megan Podkowa finished with a team-high 19 points and eight rebounds, while Gracie Sanchez added 10 points and nine rebounds.

“We played very well for the most part and it’s part of our grand plan playing one of the toughest schedules in the state, we believe,” said Trinity head coach Ed Stritzel. “Our two losses are to the No. 2 team in the state (Bartlett) and now the No. 5 team in state, and we were very competitive in both games.”

Podkowa, a junior forward, scored 12 points to go along with seven rebounds and five steals in Trinity’s 69-25 pummeling of Queen of Peace earlier in the week.

Lauren Prochaska added 13 points and six boards in that win.

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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...