The Fenwick girls basketball team did some dancing before, during and after toppling Providence 68-35 in East Suburban Catholic Conference action in Oak Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Friars (7-0) celebrated Senior Day with colorful banners, gifts and a dance for their seven seniors that pushed the game’s original starting time off by 30 minutes, but they made up the time by making quick work of the Celtics (1-7). Well, the team used the first quarter to rid itself of some rustiness from not competing for seven days, but by the second Fenwick was in fine form. After emerging from the opening quarter up just 16-14, the Friars held Providence to a mere three points in the second before taking a commanding 30-17 lead at the break.

Five of seven seniors started for the Friars, including Kyra Navarrete and Hannah Ballard who both finished with 12 points. Kathleen Roche (6 points), Sarah Williams (8 points) and Heather Casper (2 points), along with Kailey Boyd (5 points) helped lead Fenwick in the onslaught. 

Providence’s first 10 points of the game came by way of Danielle Barry, but the 6-foot-2 senior did not score the rest of the way. Katie McGann led the Celtics with 11 points.

“This team has been stocked with great leadership, and it’s because of these seniors,” said Fenwick head coach Dave Power, who was adorned in a blue t-shirt with the superman logo on the front and the names of his seven seniors on the back.

The Friars, who are vying for their 17th-straight ESCC title, travel on Marist on Feb. 9.

Fenwick boys basketball

By Marty Farmer

On a historic night when Fenwick retired the jerseys of John Lattner and Corey Maggette, senior point guard Dylan Barnett authored an unforgettable memory before St. Ignatius pulled out a 58-51 overtime win.

Trailing the visiting Wolfpack 38-37 with 4.6 seconds left in the game, Barnett stepped to the charity stripe for a pair of free throws. After missing both attempts and the Wolfpack tacking on a point, Barnett redeemed himself in dramatic fashion, driving the length of the court and making a layup over 6-foot-10 St. Ignatius center Nnanna Egwu at the buzzer to force overtime.

“I don’t know what happened on the [missed] free throws,” Barnett said. “I’ve been struggling all year at the free-throw line. I don’t know what I would have done if that’s how the game ended, so I wanted to see if I could change the outcome. You never know where Nnanna is going to be in the lane, but I tried to go as fast as possible on the [game-tying] layup.”

Overtime belonged to St. Ignatius as the Wolfpack outscored Fenwick 19-12.

Barnett led the Friars (9-9, 4-3 Catholic League) with 18 points and Tyler Sewall added 12. The Illinois-bound Egwu finished with a game-high 24 points, including 10 in the first quarter and three dunks for the game.

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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...