The Trinity basketball team began its 2012-13 season much like it did last season: With a lofty win over area-rival OPRF.

The Blazers (1-0), ranked No. 2 in the Chicago Sun-Times behind Whitney Young, the only team to defeat them last season, cruised to a 75-50 victory over the Huskies in Oak Park on Tuesday night.

Three Trinity players finished in double digit scoring. Senior Taylor Nazon led Trinity with 24 points, while Mikayla Leyden add 22 and junior Lauren Prochaska chipped in 15 points to go along with her nine assists.

The Blazers held a commanding 31-18 lead by halftime and went on a 10-2 run in the third to go up 41-20 with six minutes left in the frame.

Trinity’s freshmen crew helped out the cause with Amber Reese and Maryam Wilcher combining for 12 rebounds. Annie Mckenna and Wilcher each scored five points apiece.

Trinity played without starting forward Shannon McGinnis who was sidelined with an undisclosed minor injury.

“We’re expecting Shannon back for our next contest vs. Proviso West on November 20th,” said Trinity head coach Ed Stritzel.

Caroline Kelty scored 17 points and hauled down eight rebounds to lead the Huskies, who made just 12-of-24 shots from the field on the night. Maeve Connelly scored 14 points and Helen Onyenso finished with nine rebounds off the bench.

“Trinity is the real deal, Whitney Young is deservingly so the preseason No. 1, but Trinity cannot be far behind them,” said OPRF head coach J.P. Coughlin. “They are deep, super athletic, play hard at all times, and make shots. I was very happy with how hard we played and the confidence we played with; we certainly did not back down.

Coughlin added that in spite of the loss, kicking off the season against such a powerhouse has its rewards.

“Unfortunately, starting with a team like Trinity is like learning to golf with your first round being at Augusta. But we will learn from our good shots, but also work on improving the other aspects of our game that we struggled with.”

The Blazers host Proviso West for their home opener on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. OPRF will try for its first win on the season at the Marist Thanksgiving Tournament being held from Nov. 19 to Nov. 23. 

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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...