The Trinity High School basketball team entered this week’s Montini Christmas Tournament on a roll, having won four consecutive games.
The Blazers’ latest victory came on the road Dec. 21 at Payton Prep. Lauren Miller had 16 points, nine rebounds, and four assists as Trinity (9-3) ran past the Grizzlies 61-38.
Zaria Goins tallied 13 points and six rebounds and Cierra Richardson added 12 points, six assists, and five steals for the Blazers.
“I’m excited,” said Trinity coach Kim Coleman. “We’ve had to make some adjustments because we have two starters [Killian Gitterle and Maeve Lundt] down due to injury. But we’ve had a few games where we found out who our next people up were going to be.”
Coleman believes Trinity can fare well at Montini as long as Miller, who’s had numerous double-doubles this year, continues her consistent play.
“She’s been super pivotal,” she said. “Lauren is our leader. When she scores and rebounds, most of the time we wind up on the (win) side of the column.”
Trinity opened up with Plainfield Central on Dec. 27, after Wednesday Journal’s print deadline. Assuming a victory, the Blazers would likely meet the tournament host Broncos in the quarterfinals on Dec. 28.
Fenwick suffers first-round tourney loss
Fenwick High School’s participation in the 39th Komaromy Charger Classic at Dundee-Crown began in tough fashion with a 44-27 loss to Lake Forest on Dec. 26.
Still, while the transition from Dave Power to Lenae Fergerson coupled with the loss of seven seniors (including all five starters) figured to mean some early bumps for the Friars (5-9) this year, Fergerson believes her team is finally on the right track.
“Right now, we’re playing well,” she said. “We’re finally understanding how to defend better and we’re executing our shots. We’re making progress, and our girls have a little more confidence in themselves.”
The Friars will played in a consolation bracket game on Dec. 27 after Wednesday Journal’s print deadline against Buffalo Grove.
OPRF hoping for tourney turnaround
Oak Park and River Forest High School has had a difficult season so far, having yet to post a victory in the first 11 games.
“It’s been rough,” said OPRF coach Carlton Rosemond.
“In most of our games, we’ve started out playing hard and sticking with the game plan, but we need to become more consistent for four quarters.”
OPRF participates in the Morton College Christmas Tournament this week, with the Huskies’ first game against Fremd on Dec. 27, after Wednesday Journal’s print deadline.
The Vikings are ranked in the top five of several state polls.
“It’s a very tall task,” he said. “Fremd is a well-oiled machine.”