The Trinity High School basketball team entered its game with Marist High School Jan. 29 feeling confident, having won four of its previous five games.
“The intensity in practice has gone up,” said Trinity coach Kim Coleman of the Blazers’ recent success. “We’re competing in drills, and the coaches are participating and making the girls work.”
But the Redhawks, one of the Chicago area’s top programs, scored the game’s first 20 points en route to a decisive 69-36 victory over the host Blazers.
“Marist is a seasoned and experienced team that’s well-coached,” Coleman said. “I think this was good for us to get experience against an elite team before the conference and state tournaments.”
Marist junior forward Elise Ward caused a lot of damage to the Blazers (11-9) with a game-high 26 points.
“She did a good job of moving off the basketball and doing whatever her team needed her to do,” Coleman said.
But the young Trinity team continued to battle. After falling behind 20-0, the Blazers closed the first quarter with an 8-2 run. Then Trinity started the third quarter with a 9-4 spurt before Marist (17-6) slammed the door shut with a 19-3 run that necessitated a running clock for the final eight minutes.
“I definitely saw some good moments,” Coleman said despite the 33-point loss. “It was a great opportunity to work on our stuff and expose us to what we need to work on. The mission is to compete in the conference tournament and make a run in the state.”
Sophomore forward Lauren Miller had a team-high 15 points for the Blazers, while Sophia Rodriguez added seven points and Maeve Lundt five.
The Marist game opened the Midwest Hoops Spotlight Invitational hosted by Trinity. With high-quality programs such as Barrington, Fremd, Kenwood, Marist and Stevenson participating this year, Coleman believes this has the potential to become an annual event.
“It’s nice to have all these elite teams in our building,” she said. “We’re going to get stuff rolling for next year.”
On Jan. 28, the Blazers routed visiting Amundsen 58-20. Miller had 23 points, 11 rebounds, and three steals in the victory. Lundt had eight points, four rebounds, and three steals, while Lucy Kwiatkowski added six points, four rebounds, four assists and five steals.
OPRF gymnasts 2nd at WSC-Silver championships
The Oak Park and River Forest High School girls gymnastics team placed second at the West Suburban Conference Silver Division meet at Hinsdale Central on Jan. 29 with a team score of 133.725 points. Glenbard West won the title with 143 points.
However, the Huskies’ 1-3 record in meets resulted in an overall third-place finish for the conference season.
In the all-around, OPRF had four gymnasts place in the top 10, including senior Chloe Kratz (5th, 34.025); junior Maya Lim (tie for 6th, 33.875); sophomore Jane Walker (8th, 33.375); and sophomore Violet Ruff (10th, 32.250).
The Huskies will compete in the IHSA Regional round at Downers Grove South on Feb. 2.