On the Court
A few minutes into his Riverside-Brookfield girls basketball head coaching debut, Dallas Till made a good decision. After RB fell behind host Addison Trail 5-1, the Bulldogs’ new skipper called a timeout to regroup his team.

“We might have had a few early jitters,” Till said. “After the timeout, we put our 2-2-1 full-court press on and [Addison Trail] had six turnovers on their next seven possessions. We were able to get some baskets in transition and find a better rhythm.”

In fact, the Bulldogs went on an 18-0 run post-timeout en route to a 52-37 win last week. Meghan Orgler scored 17 points on 7-for-16 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds, while Elena Duve tallied ten points and seven rebounds.

“Meghan and Elena are two of our tri-captains for a lot of reasons,” Till said. “Elena is a complete player and probably our best defender. Meghan can also do a lot of things on the court and gives us an inside presence.”

Junior Brittany JnoBaptiste also played well, just missing a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

“We didn’t shoot that well [RB made 20 of 61 shots],” Till said, “but I was glad we held Addison Trail under 40 points especially on the road. It’s always good to get the first win of the season, and we’re looking forward to playing in our Thanksgiving tournament.”

The Bulldogs (1-0) host Mount Assisi on Wednesday (3 p.m.), Morton on Friday (1:30 p.m.) and Nazareth on Saturday (1:30 p.m.) as part of the RB Thanksgiving Tournament. The RB boys varsity basketball team will also be in action hosting evening games Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

“RB will be quite a venue for basketball this week with the combination of games,” Till said. “It should be a lot of fun and people can come out and see some good basketball.”

LT girls basketball

Ashanti Davis led the Lions to a 64-32 season opening victory over Queen of Peace on Friday.

Davis led the Lions with 16 points, while Sara Beck added 11.

Fenwick girls basketball

The Friars opened the season with victories over Wheeling and Johnsburg in the first two rounds of the Niles North Tournament last weekend.

Fenwick (2-0) edged Wheeling 69-64 to open the season on Friday. Senior Meredith Boardman led the Friars with 21 points, while sophomore Jade Owens added 20.

The duo also led Fenwick to a 93-46 walloping of Johnsburg on the following night. Owens scored 17 points in that victory, while Boardman and Marek Burchett each finished with 15 apiece. Maya Garland chipped in 14 points  for the Friars.

Fenwick returns home on Dec. 1 to take on Loyola (7 p.m.).

Brad Spencer contributed to this report.