There was no letting up for the Trinity basketball team last week as the Blazers pushed their Girls Catholic Athletic Conference win-streak to 5-0 by routing St. Ignatius 59-26 and handed Hillcrest a 66-57 victory in nonconference action.

Alyssa Dengler’s three-pointer to start the third quarter against Hillcrest on Saturday afternoon gave Trinity a five-point lead and set the tone for the second half against the highly-regarded Lady Hawks (14-2). Trinity’s Vickie Harris came up with a big layup with less than two minutes in the game to push the advantage to six points, but it was Megan Podkowa that did most of the scoring for the Blazers (15-1).

The DePaul-bound forward tallied 32 points in the game, while Dengler finished with 14 and Taylor Nazon 11.

Trinity head coach Ed Stritzel said he was impressed with the way sophomore Lauren Prochaska handled Hillcrest’s relentless defense. “Lauren was absolutely special handling the pressure,” he said of his guard, who finished with five points, five assists and five steals.

The win marked Trinity’s seventh victory against an opponent ranked in the top 15 this season.

The Blazers had no trouble dispatching GCAC foe St. Ignatius on Thursday, cruising to a 30-11 lead by halftime. Dengler led the Blazers in that win with 14 points, while Podkowa finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Nazon chipped in 11 points and hauled down a career-high 10 rebounds. Junior Shannon McGinnis held St Ignatius leading scorer Kelly Nickele to a single field goal.

Trinity travels to Mother McAuley on Thursday (Jan. 12) followed by a trip out to Willowbrook to take on Marist in the McDonald’s Shootout on Monday. The team doesn’t step back into Sister Michelle Germanson Athletic Facility for a game until Jan. 24 when Marian Catholic comes to River Forest. By then, the Blazers will have played eight-straight games on the road.

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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...