Every point counts.
The Trinity High School girls basketball team found that out on Saturday.
After suffering their first loss of the season Friday at the hands of Batavia, the Blazers rebounded to knock off Proviso East 76-59 on Saturday to win their own Thanksgiving Tournament on point differential.
That differential? One point.
Trinity, Batavia and Proviso East all finished the tournament with 4-1 records. The tiebreaker was greatest margin of victory throughout the tournament and the Blazers’ 17-point win over Proviso East gave them a one-point advantage over the Pirates.
“It was great to see them respond to adversity,” said Trinity assistant coach Jeff Krason, who resigned along with fellow assistants Dave Roselund and Nicole Rivera in support of head coach Ed Stritzel’s resignation on Monday, Nov. 30. “It was extremely unlikely that we would go undefeated and win a state championship, so it was good to see that after we lost to a team we shouldn’t have, we were able to bounce back.”
“It was extremely unlikely that we would go undefeated and win a state championship, so it was good to see that after we lost to a team we shouldn’t have, we were able to bounce back.”
Trinity’s two seniors, Kaitlyn Aylward and Annie McKenna, led the way with outstanding performances. Aylward poured in 24 points and 10 rebounds, while McKenna and sophomore Daliyah Brown each tallied 14 points.
Aylward, McKenna and sophomore Alisa Fallon were named to the All-Tournament Team.
After leading the Fenwick High School boys basketball team in scoring its first three games, senior Mike Smith made perhaps his biggest contribution Saturday with a rebound.
As a result, Fenwick pulled out a 54-51 victory over Morton in Cicero to win the second annual John Malone Thanksgiving Tournament with a 4-0 record in the round-robin format.
Smith sank two free throws with 3.5 seconds left after winning the scramble in the lane for the loose ball.
“It was a big time. I knew I would be able to get the rebound if Jamal (Nixon) tipped it from the other big dude (from Morton) and that’s what happened,” said the 5-9 Smith. “A victory is always a victory, regardless of how we played. A win is a win, but it was tough.”
Nixon had 14 points, followed by Smith (11), junior Jacob Keller (8) and senior Quinn Fisher (7). Senior Mike Ballard had nine rebounds.
In other tournament games, the Friars routed Manley 87-17, Al Raby 87-36 and Hope 73-49.
A tournament that began poorly ended on a high note for the Fenwick High School girls basketball team.
The Friars (2-4) concluded play at the Niles North Tournament by knocking off Taft 59-52 on Saturday as sophomore Mckenzie Blaze poured in a game-high 26 points.
Senior Bailey Forde and sophomore guard Kate Moore, who earned All-Tournament honors, added 10 points apiece for the Friars, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
The Bulldogs struggled on the boards and shot poorly en route to three losses in four games at the WarHawk Tournament. RBHS made 47 of 193 shots and was outrebounded by 86 rebounds at the tournament.
The Bulldogs edged DeKalb 41-37 in their season opener but lost to Naperville North 56-41, West Aurora 45-37 and Thornridge 41-39.
Junior guards Samantha Bloom and Lyndsey Hoyd averaged 10 points apiece at the tourney. Maggie Shereck, Maddie Meehan and Jess JnoBaptise also played well for the Bulldogs.
“Sam left our third game with an injury in the first quarter so we were a bit short handed,” RBHS coach Dallas Till said. “Jess moved to point guard in place of Sam and filled in admirably considering it’s not her natural position.”
-Marty Farmer, Bill Stone contributed to this roundup