Stekara Hall scored 27 points to lead the OPRF girls basketball team to a 60-50 win over Hinsdale Central on Friday night.Photos courtesy VICTOR GUARINO

Stekara Hall may have missed a few shots from the field on Friday night, but the junior guard was nearly dead-on at the free-throw line.

Hall, who connected on just 6-of-22 from the field and missed 12 straight, still led the OPRF girls basketball team to a 60-50 victory over visiting Hinsdale Central by scoring a game-high 27 points. She made 13-of-15 shots from the charity stripe to help OPRF to a 3-2 record in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference. Hall, who also had eight rebounds, was coming off a career record of 29 points in an overtime win over Downers Grove North.

Raven Hurley added 13
points and Carolyn Kelty 10 for the Huskies (5-7 overall), who now gear up for the Montini Christmas Classic set to begin on Monday.

OPRF plays two games in one day to open the tournament. The Huskies take on Bogan first at 8 a.m., followed by a showdown against highly-ranked Marian Catholic at 5 p.m. On Tuesday, OPRF will face Hinsdale South. Montini, York, St. Joseph and Columbus North (Ind.) are in the other pool.

“Overall, I’d say we’re pretty happy with where we are at,” said OPRF head coach Bob Biggins, whose team took a 28-19 lead in the first quarter against the Red Devils but had to scratch and claw in the third after a shooting drought put the Red Devils within four points. The Huskies had gone into halftime up 12. “We feel we’ve been competitive in most games, winning those we expected to and taking some losses from some pretty good teams.”

As for his star player, Biggins said he’s impressed with Stekara’s play, and also with her supporting cast. “She has been playing at a very high level for us and [Shelby] Cozette has been consistently contributing both offensively and defensively,” he added. “Hurley, Hashika Barral and Kelty have taken turns stepping up for us at different times, and we’re hoping to continue to get Stekara scoring help from everyone.”

After the Montini Tournament, the Huskies jump right into the Fenton Tournament, taking on Rolling Meadows on Jan. 5. They resume conference play against Proviso West on Jan. 7 and travel to Lyons Township on Jan. 8.

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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...