The OPRF girls basketball team came back from an 18-2 deficit in the opening quarter to upend West Suburban (Silver) Conference foe York 52-46 in overtime on Saturday afternoon.

Despite leading scorer Caroline Kelty spending most of the first half on the bench mired in foul trouble, the Huskies clawed their way back to a 22-21 advantage by the break. Emily Schreck and Hailey Hoye ended the half with two consecutive three-pointers. 

The shooting went cold again for the Huskies in the third and York took a six-point lead into the fourth period. OPRF connected on the last six points of the stanza to force overtime at 43-43.   

OPRF dominated in the extra period as Hoye buried a three to extend her team’s lead to six points.

Kelty scored 16 of her 19 points in the second half and overtime period, while Cuyla Hall finished with 14 points for the Huskies. Hoye, who was charged with guarding York’s top player Annabell Lansdowne, chipped in eight points.

With Kelty out for much of the first half and starters Maeve Connelly and Emily Vachon having an off night shooting, reserves Schreck and Erin Orr stepped up to keep the Huskies in the game, something head coach J.P. Coughlin was pleased to see.  

“Our young bench continues to grow and gain confidence heading into the final month,” said the first-year head coach. “We wouldn’t have won without the contributions from our bench.”

The victory pushed OPRF’s conference record to 3-5 and overall mark to 7-12. The Huskies will look to avenge a loss earlier in the season to Downers Grove North when they travel to the western suburb on Saturday, Jan. 19 (2:30 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...