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Girls basketball: OPRF, Hinsdale Central limp into playoffs

<p>Victoria Waters and Hinsdale Central&rsquo;s Emma Day hit the hardwood going after a loose ball during the teams&rsquo; first meeting this year. | Jason Glosniak/for Sun-Times Media</p>

Victoria Waters and Hinsdale Central’s Emma Day hit the hardwood going after a loose ball during the teams’ first meeting this year. | Jason Glosniak/for Sun-Times Media

Injuries this season hit the starting units of both WSC Silver rivals OPRF and Hinsdale Central hard. Read more from George M. Wilcox on High School Cube News.

When West Suburban Silver rivals Hinsdale Central and Oak Park-River Forest met Monday night in a makeup game, both girls basketball teams could sympathize with their opposition’s injury-depleted lineups.

Each team is missing three starters and is expecting to enter the Class 4A playoffs shorthanded. The missing players have put a dent into each team’s record, but Hinsdale Central coach Tom McKenna and OPRF coach J.P. Coughlin know they can’t make excuses.

“That’s the way it is,” McKenna said. “We’re playing two freshmen (Riley Burr and Paige Bareck) a lot. What do you do? We had big plans this year, but what can you do?”

Hinsdale Central (13-11, 6-5) was considered one of the league’s preseason favorites, but Downers North (17-2) has clinched that crown. The ninth-seeded Red Devils will face eighth-seeded Lyons for the third time Feb. 19 in the Young Regional semifinals. The teams split their season series, and Hinsdale Central guard Gabrielle Rush stood out in each game, going for 29 and 39 points.

After ACL injuries to Maddie Roglich in December and Megan Lord in November, Hinsdale Central’s latest blow came after the second Lyons game when senior center Jenna Broz complained of pain in her right leg. Doctors discovered a stress fracture, and Broz has another appointment scheduled this week to see if she can return for the playoffs.

[Read the full story on High School Cube News.]

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