The Trinity basketball team opened the 2011-12 season by dismantling area-rival OPRF.

The Blazers (1-0) forced the Huskies into 24 turnovers –18 in the first half – en route to a 63-33 victory. DePaul-bound forward Megan Podkowa led all scorers with 18 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore guard Lauren Prochaska added 11 points. Shannon McGinnis chipped in eight points, six rebounds and four steals. Mikayla Leyden, who has been injured the last two seasons, contributed eight points, five rebounds and three steals.

OPRF’s Stekara Hall, who averaged 19 points per game last season, was held to just 10. Caroline Kelty finished with nine points. The Huskies trailed 37-14 by halftime.

“I don’t have a lot of alibis,” said OPRF head coach Bob Biggins of the lopsided loss. “At this point, Trinity is a much better team than us. They are a veteran team, full of purpose as well as talent. They are also huge in contrast to us.”

Despite the onslaught, Biggins said he was pleased with the way some of his younger players made their debuts competing at the varsity level.

“As with other recent seasons I don’t mind getting beaten by a superior well-playing team, as long as we compete and continue to progress,” he said. “I do say hats off to [Trinity] coach Ed Stritzel and the Blazers. We’ll move on and not look for any sympathy, while taking as many small steps as it takes to get to where we want to go.”

The Huskies finish the Marist Thanksgiving Tournament against the host on Friday, Nov. 25. They begin West Suburban (Silver) Conference play against York in their home opener on Tuesday (6:30 p.m.).

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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...