Short cut: Maggie Reilly cuts past a Schaumburg player during Thursday's game at Fenwick.J. GEIL/Staff Photographer

Kyra Navarette looked quite comfortable in her team leader role last week when the senior led her Fenwick girls basketball team to two victories.

Navarette scored 16 points to lead the Friars in an 80-51 walloping of Schaumburg on Thursday night. Two days prior to that game, the 5-11 forward scored 20 points and hauled down seven rebounds in Fenwick’s 53-44 victory over Lincoln-Way East.

“She has been playing great lately,” said Fenwick head coach Dave Power of Navarette, who is averaging nearly 14 points per game. “We switched her up to face the basket on our offensive attack and she has been shooting lights out. Earlier she was playing exclusively in the post due to injuries to other players.”

Hannah Ballard added 14 points and Maggie Reilly 13 in the win over Schaumburg. Sarah Williams chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds against Lincoln-Way East for the Friars (10-1).

“Because we’re playing so well right now defenses are having a hard time focusing in on one player,” said Power. “We’re a lot more potent offensively, and with Meredith Boardman returning in a week or two it should make us even more multi-dimensional.”

On Tuesday night (after deadline) the Friars took on Proviso West before having the rest of the week off from competition. Fenwick resumes play when they travel to Carpentersville for the Dundee Crown Holiday Tournament on Monday. Last season, the Friars, who went 3-0 in the tournament without star player Tricia Liston in the lineup, lost in the title game 50-45 to New Trier. They may face the Trevians in the semifinals this time around.

Fenwick takes on Regina in the first round, followed by a showdown with either Mother McAuley or Naperville Central, who are coming off a big win over Marian Catholic.

“With the way all the teams are playing right now, I have to say this has to be the top Christmas tournament in the state,” said Power.

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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...