The Trinity basketball team hit the 20-win plateau on Saturday night by destroying Jacobs 61-18 at Sister Michelle Germanson Athletic Facility in River Forest.

The Blazers (20-3) annihilated the Golden Eagles from the beginning, racing off to a 35-8 lead by halftime. Junior Megan Podkowa and Taricka Linzy led the onslaught by both scoring 14 points apiece. Senior Divinity Brown added six points, while freshman Maya Garland chipped in four points to go along with her four rebounds and three steals.

On Thursday night, the Blazers downed St. Joseph 63-47 behind Podkowa’s double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Linzy and Taylor Nazon each added 13 in that win.

“We seem to be playing our best ball of the season at the right time,” said Trinity head coach Ed Stritzel. “Our depth has been a key as we are playing a nine-to-10-player rotation.”

Sophomore Shannon McGinnis scored seven points against St. Joseph.

Stritzel added that he’s trying to bring Brown, his senior point guard, back gradually. Brown had missed the bulk of the season with a knee injury that occurred over the summer. “We are trying to get her back at full-strength by [Girls Catholic Athletic Conference] Tournament time,” he said.

The Blazers also welcomed Dawn Butler back to the lineup on Saturday. Butler returned after suffering a broken nose against Hillcrest on Jan. 8.

“Dawn’s leadership has meant so much to this team and it was great to have her back in the lineup,” said Stritzel of his senior point guard who scored four points and hauled down seven rebounds against the Golden Eagles.

Trinity travels to 11th-ranked Morgan Park on Thursday before gearing up for the GCAC Tournament, which begins on Monday.

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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...