On the way: OPRF's Stekara Hall takes a running jumpshot during the Huskies' game against York on Saturday night.Photos courtesy VICTOR GUARINO

The OPRF girls basketball team split two conference games over the weekend, but remained in the hunt for at least a share of the West Suburban (Silver) Conference title.

The Huskies (16-12, 8-3) lost to York on Saturday night 75-67 in what ended up being a free-throw shooting contest. OPRF put York at the line 38 times, and the Dukes made 28 of their attempts. The Huskies, however, finished 12-of-21 from the charity stripe in the contest.

OPRF kept the game close with the help of Stekara Hall, who finished with 30 points, 25 of which came in the second half. OPRF cut the deficit to three in the final two minutes of the game but were unable to hold off Mary Colon and Anna Bell Lansdowne, who combined to score 44 points in the game.

“York, like most teams, has a sizable height advantage over us and used it well,” said OPRF head coach Bob Biggins. “The Dukes have played well all year and on this day played a slightly better game than us. They deserved the win.”

With a 48-42 victory over Hinsdale Central on the previous night, the Huskies remain neck-and-neck with York for the conference title. The Dukes are also 8-3 in conference action with one remaining game left. OPRF travels to Proviso West on Friday.

Against Hinsdale Central, Shelby Cozette and Amber Lara led OPRF with 12 points apiece. Cozette hit four three-pointers in the win.

OPRF opens the Hoffman Estates Regional on Feb. 16 against the host. A victory would likely pit the Huskies, who are seeded ninth in the York Sectional, against cross-town rival and No. 1 seed Fenwick in the regional title game on Feb. 18. OPRF lost to the Friars 78-38 in the season opener back in November.

“We would love to face the Friars again if for no other reason than to display the strides we’ve taken since they beat us badly earlier in the year,” said Biggins. “This team has played at maximum effort all year and the coaching staff is fiercely proud of them. No matter who we play, the Huskies will show up and play their hardest.”

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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...