Fenwick’s pair of Division I recruits have learned to deal with the struggles of a rare losing season for the Friars.
The senior backcourt of Jade Owens (Creighton) and Maya Garland (Alabama-Birmingham) had mixed emotions as the 12th-seeded Friars (11-17) were set to head into the postseason on Monday. In a 4A Reavis Regional quarterfinal, the Friars defeated 21st-seeded Curie 66-30 and advanced to face fifth-seeded Proviso East at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Reavis.
Owens and Garland have known each for a long time and played together at Roosevelt Middle School in River Forest.
“It’s bittersweet, but I’m ready to move on to college basketball. I will miss the coaching staff [at Fenwick],” Garland said. “In my four years [three on varsity], it has been a roller coaster, up and down, but I have learned a lot.”