The stakes for securing at least a share of the program’s 17th consecutive East Suburban Catholic Conference title went up after the Fenwick girls basketball team lost a 65-63 barnburner to Marist on Wednesday night.

The Friars (24-3, 7-1) need to beat eighth-ranked Marian Catholic in Chicago Heights on Friday night in order to keep its conference streak alive. The Spartans are undefeated in the ESCC at 8-0.

Randyll Butler’s running jumpshot with two seconds on the clock sealed Fenwick’s fate against Marist (24-4, 7-2), a team that has now won 14 straight games this season. The junior finished with 13 points

The Friars, who were led by Kyra Navarette’s 13 points, held a nine-point lead late in the final quarter before the Spartans rallied. Marist had a one-point advantage with 30 seconds left, and Fenwick freshman Jade Owens knotted the game at 63-63 by splitting a pair of free throws.

After Butler’s heroics, a last-second desperation pass upcourt went out of bounds for the Friars as time expired.

Kathleen Roche scored 12 points for Fenwick, 10 in the final quarter. Meredith Boardman added eight points to go along with 10 rebounds.

Friday night’s game (7:30 p.m.) will mark the fourth time in five years Fenwick has had to play at Marian Catholic.

Click here to read about Fenwick’s thumping of Providence on Saturday.

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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...