Cierra Richardson’s basket in the closing seconds gave the Blazers a 50-48 victory over DePaul Prep in the consolation championship game of the Elmhurst Classic Thanksgiving Tournament on Nov. 26.

The Blazers finished the tourney with a 3-1 record. In the consolation final, held at Timothy Christian, Richardson finished with a game-high 26 points and added nine rebounds and three steals.

Lauren Miller continued her strong start with her fourth double-double of the year (13 points, 12 rebounds). Freshman Chloe Santos had seven points and 10 rebounds.

On Nov. 23, Trinity routed Niles North 58-16. Miller led the way with 18 points, 13 rebounds and five steals. Santos posted a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Sophia Rodriguez and Maeve Lundt each scored seven points and Richardson added six points, nine steals and five assists.

The Blazers had their home opener on Nov. 29 (after Wednesday Journal’s print deadline) against neighborhood rival Fenwick.

OPRF boys go 2-2 at Thanksgiving tourney

The Oak Park and River Forest High School boys basketball team went 2-2 at the Wheaton Academy Thanksgiving Tournament last week.

After losing the opener 63-58 to Plainfield North in double overtime Nov. 21, the Huskies bounced back Nov. 23, squeaking out a 61-59 victory over the host Warriors. Christian Marshall – named to the All-Tournament Team – led with 15 points and 4 steals. Mehki Austin scored 11 points, and Alex Gossett and Max Johnson each added nine points.

On Nov. 25, OPRF routed Bartlett 83-62. Marshall and Paul Kitch each had 15 points. Alex Vincent had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Gossett and Rodney Murphy each added eight points.

On Nov. 26, the Huskies fell to Downers Grove North 73-47. Austin and Marshall each scored nine points in the loss.

OPRF has its home opener Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. against Orr, then faces Fenwick in the Chicago Elite Classic at Credit One Arena on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus Dec. 2. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. 

Fenwick boys close out tourney with victory

Fenwick High School went 2-2 in the season-opening Hoops 4 Healing Thanksgiving Tournament at Oswego.

After losing 48-44 to Neuqua Valley Nov. 21 in the opener, the Friars bounced back the next evening with a 73-61 victory over the host Panthers. J.T. Pettigrew led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Dominick Ducree had 19 points and five rebounds while Damion Porter Jr added 12 points, three rebounds and five assists. 

On Nov. 23, Fenwick dropped a hard-fought contest against West Aurora 60-57. Porter had 17 points and four rebounds, Darshan Thomas 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Pettigrew 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the loss.

On Nov. 25, the Friars rolled past Naperville North 58-46. Thomas had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Porter had 13 points, three rebounds and five assists. Ducree added nine points, four rebounds and three assists, and Pettigrew had eight points and seven rebounds.

After its home opener versus Rich Township on Nov. 29 (post print deadline) and the Chicago Catholic League opener at De La Salle on Dec. 1, Fenwick will meet OPRF at the Chicago Elite Classic on Dec. 2. Tickets will be on sale at the school this week.

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