Sarah Williams scored the most points in the Fenwick girls basketball team’s 63-61 victory over Morgan Park on Saturday at the 21st annual McDonald’s Shootout held at Willowbrook in Villa Park, but Meredith Boardman scored the one that mattered.

With the score knotted at 61-61 with 37 seconds left, Williams, who finished with 21 points, missed a one-and-one at the free-throw line, but her trusty teammate was there to help. Boardman, who recently returned to the lineup after suffering a knee injury over the summer, snagged the rebound and scored the game-winner with a quick put-back.

“This was simply a great game,” said Fenwick head coach Dave Power. “Morgan Park is one of the most athletic teams we’ve played this season and they gave us a heck of a time in that second half. They are very talented.

“We were a bit rusty in the opening quarter, but these girls showed trued spirit and heart down the stretch,” added Power of his Friars (17-2), who played just their second game in 18 days. “There are no stars on this team; it’s a collective effort and that’s what makes us a tough opponent for teams. Everyone contributes.”

Fenwick’s Hannah Ballard finished with 14 points, while Kathleen Roche had six. Raven Nelson led Morgan Park (18-3) with 19 points, including five three-pointers.

On Monday morning, the Friars lost 74-62 to Carmel of Indiana, a team ranked second in the Hoosiers state. Carmel drained six three-pointers, five in the first half.

Williams finished with 21 points in that game, while Boardman hauled down eight rebounds.

“I guess they are a morning team, and we aren’t,” said Power after the game, which tipped off at 10 a.m. “We certainly could have played a lot better.”

The Friars, who never led, committed 14 turnovers, eight in the first half. The loss halted Fenwick’s win-streak at 11 games.

The Friars host East Suburban Catholic Conference opponent Joliet Catholic today (Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m.) and St. Viator on Saturday (2:30 p.m.). Fenwick, which hasn’t lost a conference game since the 2006-’07 season, is vying for its 17th-straight ESCC title.

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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...