The Fenwick High School girls basketball team ensured Lenae Fergerson’s home debut as head coach was successful as the Friars edged Phillips 40-36 on Nov. 18 in the New Trier Thanksgiving Tournament.

“I’m proud of how the girls played defense,” Fergerson said. “We forced a lot of turnovers.”

Fenwick won despite committing 37 turnovers themselves.

“I think we panicked when they started picking up the pressure, and we didn’t handle it,” she said. “A lot of those turnovers were unforced. We’ll get back to the drawing board.”

Senior forward Cam Brusca led all scorers with 16 points; she also grabbed 12 rebounds.

“Cam’s our leader and we need her,” Fergerson said. “When she goes, we go, and Cam knows that.”

The Friars (1-2) also received contributions from senior Bella Daley (7 points, 4 rebounds), junior Grace Kapsch (6 points, 5 rebounds, four assists), senior Raina Ford (5 points, 2 steals) and senior Allie Heyer (4 points, 6 rebounds).

“We have balance, it’s just a matter of getting everyone on board in terms of executing,” Fergerson said. “But we’ll get there.”

The Friars’ win atoned for a season-opening 49-28 loss at Stevenson on Nov. 15. On Nov. 19, Fenwick fell 40-23 to host New Trier.

Fenwick’s final game of the New Trier Thanksgiving Tournament is Nov. 23 versus Warren Township at Loyola Academy. That will be followed by the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Red Division opener at neighborhood rival Trinity High School on Nov. 29.

Miller scores 31 to lead Trinity over Rosary

Lauren Miller’s 31 points and 14 rebounds led Trinity (2-1) to a 54-36 victory over Rosary in the Elmhurst Classic at Timothy Christian on Nov. 21.

On Nov. 19, Sophia Rodriguez had 18 points (six 3-pointers) and Miller had a double-double (16 points, 13 rebounds), but the Blazers fell 47-44 to Thornwood.

In the season opener Nov. 16 at Taft, Cierra Richardson’s 23 points and eight rebounds led Trinity to a 52-34 victory.

Miller had another double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Rodriguez had 12 points and eight rebounds, and freshman Chloe Santos added four points and 11 rebounds.

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