Fenwick senior McKenzie Blaze scored 22 points against Homewood-Flossmoor on Saturday, Jan. 27. The Vikings defeated the Friars 57-49 in a non-conference game. (File photo)

Trailing Homewood-Flossmoor by 21 points at halftime, the Fenwick High School girls basketball team appeared in trouble on Saturday, Jan. 27. Although the Friars lost 57-49, an inspired second-half showing provided a better feeling moving forward

Seniors McKenzie Blaze scored 22 points and Kate Moore had 17 for Fenwick, which outscored H-F 34-19 in the second half. Lily Reardon chipped in six points for the Friars.

Fenwick closes out the regular season with games against host Marist Thursday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 8 against visiting Peoria at 6 p.m.

Fenwick boys basketball

DJ Steward scored a game-high 25 points and Damari Nixon added 13 to lead the Friars to a 61-51 over DePaul Prep on Jan. 26 in Chicago.

Trailing the host Rams 39-38 after three quarters, Steward took over in the fourth quarter by scoring 11 points. Steward set the tone defensively at the top of the Friars’ effective 1-3-1 defense.

Perry Cowan paced DePaul Prep (18-5, 3-2) with 21 points and Raheem Anthony had 11.

Fenwick (15-6, 6-0), which remained unbeaten in conference play, can claim a third consecutive Chicago Catholic League Blue title with a win against visiting St. Ignatius on Friday, Jan. 2. Tip-off is 7 p.m.

OPRF gymnastics

The Huskies scored 138.875 points to finish third at the West Suburban Conference Silver Division meet. Glenbard West (150.85) won the championship and Hinsdale Central placed second (140.475).

Junior Hannah Thompson led OPRF with a fifth-place result in all-around (36.325). She finished among the top 10 in all four events with the following scores: vault (5th/9.175), bars (9th/8.8), beam (7th/9.3) and floor (8th/9.05).

Freshmen Evie Dellegrazie and Iriel Conley also placed within the top 10 for all-around. Dellegrazie performed particularly well in floor with a 9.2 for sixth place, while Conley earned eighth in vault at 9.05

Juniors Zion Philpotts came in 16th in vault (8.75) and 15th in floor (8.525), Claire Massmann 22nd in bars (7.825) and 23rd in beam (7.95) and Jenna Schainis 19th in vault (8.45) and 22nd in floor (8.475).

Grace Luptak (sprained ankle) and Sophia Preys (out of town with OPRF Music Dept.) missed the meet. OPRF head coach Kris Wright was named Co-Conference Coach of the Year at the meet.

The Huskies’ junior varsity team came in second (124.775) behind Glenbard West.

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