The Fenwick High School girls basketball team hoped to give senior players Audrey Hetzer, Mary Kate Kapsch, Gianni Ortiz, and Maggie Van Ermen a win in their final regular-season home game.
“It’s a special night,” Fenwick coach Dave Power said about Senior Night. “I was tickled to death to put out a girl that hasn’t played all year (Kapsch). When I look at Mary Kate – who hasn’t been medically cleared to play – and put her in the starting lineup, I couldn’t have been more proud.”
Unfortunately, visiting Marist spoiled the party. The Redhawks scored the game’s first ten points and never trailed en route to a 47-44 victory on Saturday.
“The emotions of Senior Night, sometimes the girls get a little too wound up,” Power said. “The first quarter showed that. Marist is a nice team, but I loved how our girls came back. The difference in the game was that we had a few too many unforced turnovers.
“I don’t like losing, but I loved the fact that our girls never quit. We were right down to the wire, but we just have to do a better job of getting off to better starts.”
Fenwick (19-11) committed 10 turnovers in the first quarter alone. One reason for the staggering amount may be due to the absence of Ortiz, the team’s starting point guard. She suffered a severe ankle sprain recently and Power lamented her loss.
“We really missed G tonight,” he said. “She’s one of our leaders. She’s our captain and floor general.”
Despite the numerous first-half turnovers, Fenwick battled back. After falling behind 10-0, the Friars outscored Marist 20-15 the remainder of the first half to trail 25-20 at intermission.
Marist seemed poised to put the game out of reach, increasing its lead to 41-30 in the third quarter, But the Friars put together a fourth-quarter rally that brought them within one possession on a couple of occasions. However, Fenwick could never tie or take the lead, and turned the ball over on its final possession with three seconds left in the game.
Freshman forward Audrey Hinrichs led Fenwick with 11 points and six rebounds. Sophomore Lauren Hall (10 points, 5 rebounds), freshman Elise Heneghan (6 points, 6 rebounds), and junior Lily Reardon (6 points, 3 assists), Maggie Van Ermen (5 points, 4 rebounds) and Hetzer also played well for the Friars.
“Lauren had an outstanding game. She was everywhere,” Power said. “I really liked Audrey’s game and Maggie has had a really nice season.”