Fenwick junior Lily O'Neill drives to the basket Feb. 9 during the Friars' 50-35 home victory over Proviso West. Fenwick is seeded third in the IHSA Class 3A Trinity Sectional. | Carol Dunning

Trinity High School’s basketball team opened postseason play Feb. 13 with a 49-5 rout of CICS/Northtown Feb. 13 in an IHSA regional semifinal game at Prosser High School, in Chicago. 

Lauren Miller led the Blazers with 11 points and eight rebounds while Jaylani Hernandez and Sophia Rodriguez each had 9 points.

The Blazers meet Elmwood Park, which defeated Prosser 40-33, for the regional title Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. Trinity is the top seed in the IHSA Class 3A Trinity Sectional.

Trinity High School closed out a good regular season in grand style on Senior Night Feb. 8 against visiting St. Laurence.

After a sluggish first half that saw them trailing by 10 points, the Blazers outscored the Vikings 41-17 over the final 16 minutes to prevail 51-37. The victory was Trinity’s 20th of the season, a goal coach Kim Coleman was hoping to accomplish. 

“It wasn’t a pretty win,” she said. “But I’m proud of getting to 20.”

“We realized at halftime that our energy needed to be better,” said Trinity forward Lauren Miller, who had a game-high 16 points (11 in the second half). “We needed to step it up.”

Ciarra Richardson scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half against St. Laurence and believes the Blazers (21-11) are ready for an extended postseason run.

“I’m confident in my teammates and I know we can make great plays,” she said.

Fenwick heads into postseason

Fenwick High School had an up-and-down regular season in coach Lenae Fergerson’s debut. However, things ended on a positive note with a 50-35 home victory over Proviso West on Senior Night on Feb. 9.

Leading 21-15 at halftime, the Friars started the third quarter with an 11-0 run to break things open.

Allie Heyer added 11 points for Fenwick (15-16), which began IHSA state tournament play in the Class 3A Trinity Sectional on Feb. 14 after Wednesday Journal’s print deadline. 

The No. 3-seeded Friars played No. 13 Senn in the regional semifinal round. The winner faces the winner of the Amundsen-Mather matchup in the regional final on Feb. 17 at Amundsen High School in Chicago.

“It’s win or go home at this point; we can’t be sloppy and we’ve got to tighten up our stuff and focus,” Fergerson said. “They know there’s no next time, this is it.”

Fergerson believes defense, rebounding, and taking the care of the ball will be Fenwick’s keys to postseason success. But the Friars also need to avoid scoring droughts, which has happened frequently this season. 

“It’s hard if you can’t score,” Fergerson said. 

“We definitely need to move the ball more (offensively). We’ve struggled with that,” added Brusca. “Our defense has been pretty good, and we need to keep that up.”

Kenwood ends OPRF’s season

Oak Park and River Forest High School ended its season with an 86-42 loss to host Kenwood Academy, the top seed in the IHSA Class 4A Proviso East Sectional, on Feb. 13 in an IHSA regional semifinal matchup.

It was a challenging winter for the Huskies, who notched just two wins for the season.

“Our girls came out every day and worked hard, and I thank them for their efforts,” said OPRF coach Carlton Rosemond. “They learned a lot about perseverance, which will serve them well in the future.”

OPRF (2-30) closed out the season playing some its best basketball. The Huskies got their first win of the season on Jan. 30, a 46-44 victory at home over Riverside-Brookfield. The second win came on Feb. 11 when the Huskies defeated Kelly 45-34 in an IHSA Class 4A play-in game.

On Feb. 7, OPRF nearly got a third win when junior Taylor Smith hit a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation in a West Suburban Conference crossover game at Proviso East. 

But the Pirates scored in the final seconds of double overtime to hand the Huskies a 56-55 defeat. Senior Libby Majka led OPRF with 14 points and senior Lauren Kelly added 13.

“That was a tough, back-and-forth game,” Rosemond said. “We had it won a few times, they had it won a few times. They got us at the end.”

With some young promising talent in the program’s lower levels, Rosemond hopes there are better days ahead for OPRF.

“We’ve got some good freshmen and sophomores, and I’m optimistic about our future,” he said.

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