The Trinity and Fenwick High School girls’ basketball teams entered the IHSA Class 3A Sectional as the top two seeds, and each has lived up to its billing.
The Blazers and Friars will meet for the sectional title on Feb. 24 at Fenwick High School after easily dispatching of their opponents in the sectional semifinals on Feb. 22.
In the first game, top-seeded Trinity (16-11) used a 37-9 run over the second and third quarters to coast to a 57-22 victory over Westinghouse.
“It’s all about playing your best basketball right now,” said Trinity coach Kim Coleman. “We made some adjustments [defensively] and woke up. Offensively, we’ve got a lot of kids that can score and push the basketball.”
Lauren Miller scored a game-high 20 points for the Blazers, while Sophia Rodriguez added eight points and Maeve Lundt seven points. Jasmine Arzuaga and Cierra Richardson scored six points each.
In the evening’s second semifinal, second-seeded Fenwick (22-10) used its depth to pull away for a 60-37 win over Resurrection.
“Our defense is improving,” said Fenwick coach Dave Power. “Sometimes on offense your shots don’t drop, but if your defense is solid, you’re still going to be in the game. On offense, we had a balanced attack, and I like to see that because some games we’ve relied heavily on one or two players. It makes it hard for the defense to figure out what they’re going to take away.”
Elise Heneghan led the Friars with 16 points and five rebounds. Amanda Behrend-Hansen (5 rebounds) and Mira Schwanke each added nine points, while Cam Brusca scored eight points. Mia Caccitolo had seven points and four steals, while Allie Heyer scored five points.
Fenwick and Trinity split a pair of games during the regular season.
“I know we played well [tonight], but I know we can play better,” Power said. “We have the utmost respect for Trinity. It’s a big rivalry. They’re a scrappy team and well-coached. We’re looking forward to Thursday as well as they are, and we’ll see how it goes.”
“We have to play our best basketball and play for each other,” Coleman said. “We have to enjoy the moment.”
The Blazers and Friars are set for a 7 p.m. tipoff on Feb. 24 at Fenwick.