Overdrive: OPRF's Stekara Hall drives to the basket in the first half of Saturday's game against Glenbard West.Photos by J. GEIL/Staff photographer

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Just a couple of months ago they kicked-off their conference schedule by going 0-2, but on Saturday night the OPRF girls basketball team pushed its West Suburban (Silver) Conference mark to 6-2 with a 51-36 thumping of Glenbard West at the field house in Oak Park.

The Huskies (14-9 overall) took a 14-3 lead in the first period and cruised the rest of the way. The Hilltoppers lost their star player, Southern Indiana-bound Cayla Herbst, to a knee injury in the first half.

“This was a great defensive effort by our team,” said OPRF head coach Bob Biggins. “Glenbard West is a bigger team, but our defense seemed to frustrate them and we had some great contributions from several players on offense.”

Stekara Hall, who popped a three-pointer to start the game, led the Huskies with 16 points. Amber Lara finished with 14 points, 12 of which came at the free-throw line. Lara, who made 12-of-13 from the charity stripe, played aggressive on both sides of the ball.

Biggins said he was pleased with his team’s impressive shooting at the line. The Huskies made 21-of-28 free throws in the game.

“As you can imagine, the other coaches and I are more than happy with the way the team is shooting at the line,” he said of his Huskies, who began this week riding a seven-game win-streak, “but we have little room for error in conference.”

The Huskies, who had their game against Evanston on Jan. 11 postponed to Jan. 29 due to inclement weather, also downed the host of the Fenton End of the Season Tournament last week 53-30. Eleven OPRF players scored in the win, including Hall who led with 12.

On Monday, the Huskies pushed their win-streak to nine games with a 73-36 win over Nazareth. Caroline Kelty scored 15 points and Hall 12 in that victory.

After one more game in the Fenton Tournament on Jan. 24, the Huskies have some time off. They resume play at Downers Grove North on Jan. 28.

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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...