Ice-cold Fenwick manages to get by Carmel
Mundelein Saturday, 1/5/13 Carmel's Leah Lach (11) puts up a shot during the first quarter of Saturday's game against Fenwick. Fenwick won the game, 66-62. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 8, 2013 4:39PM
MUNDELEIN — The Fenwick girls basketball team lives and dies by the 3-point shot.
Some games, shots aren’t going to fall. That was the case Saturday, but the Friars still found a way to pull out a 66-60 win over Carmel in an East Suburban Catholic game.
“It definitely wasn’t how we expected it to go,” said junior guard Jada Owens, who scored a game-high 23 points. “But we still pulled out the win when we were playing pretty horrible. I think that says something.”
The No. 13-ranked Friars shot just 9-or-37 from beyond the arc, and did not score a field goal in the game’s final three and a half minutes. When Carmel’s Kayla Quinn, a senior, scored a layup with 29 seconds left, Carmel had cut a 13-point deficit to 64-60. Two free throws by Owens sealed the game for the Friars, who were playing their first game since the Dundee-Crown tournament at the end of December.
“We have had a couple of days off since (the tournament). I think it was rustiness, especially with our shooting,” Owens said.
Leading 46-39 at the end of the third quarter, it looked as though Fenwick (14-2, 3-1) would pull away from Carmel (11-6, 1-3). A 14-4 run was capped by a steal and layup by Maya Garland, making the score 64-51 with three and a half minutes left. Carmel then forced three consecutive Fenwick turnovers, keying its final run to get within four in the final minute.
Quinn and senior Claire Ogrinc both led the Corsairs with 16 points. Carmel had won four of its last five and was coming off a first-place finish in the Warren Blue Devil Classic over the holidays.
“(Fenwick) made some runs on us, and I’m proud our girls kept their heads in the game,” Carmel coach Kelly Perz said.
Freshman Deja Cage added 13 points for the Friars. Senior Maggie Reilly was the only other Fenwick player in double digits with 10 points.
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper on Thursday to read more about the Carmel and Fenwick girls basketball teams.