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Regina's Erin Gavin (34) fights for a loose ball with Fenwick's Maggie Reilly | Michelle LaVigne~Sun-Times Media
It might be hard for Maggie Reilly to decide which of her three sports is the most enjoyable, but no one should be surprised if basketball is the current leader.
Reilly is fitting in as one of the key players for coach Dave Power’s “Fenwick Frenzy” offense, which in its second year attempts to take 80 shots per game or score more than 80 points in a game.
The offense, which features mass substitutions and sometimes as many as 13 players in a game, can be described as “controlled chaos.”
“At our practices, I’m always so confused,” said Reilly, a senior guard from Western Springs. “It doesn’t look like we know what we’re doing.”
But in its second year, the offense has been working thus far for the No. Friars (6-0), who open the East Suburban Catholic season against Providence at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Fenwick is averaging exactly 80.0 points per game.
“A lot of things have improved on offense and defense too (compared to last year),” junior guard Jade Owens said.
Fenwick lost Sun-Times all-area player Meredith Boardman, now at Yale, to graduation, but with so many returnees, more players are getting used to Power’s mad scientist creation.
The Friars beat Loyola 74-63 Nov. 29 for the first time in three years and play at No. 5 Marist (6-0) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
“I enjoy watching it. It can be frustrating,” Power said. “Once Loyola was trying to play our (style) of game.”
Reilly didn’t start against the Ramblers, but was among the new substitution of five players to enter the game with 5:46 remaining in the first quarter. She scored a season-high 19 points, including a season-high 5 3-pointers on 5-of-14 shooting beyond the arc. Reilly missed her only attempted shot inside the 3-point line in the fourth quarter.
She made two of four free throws in the first half to finish with 16 points at halftime.
Reilly doesn’t claim to have to the green light to constantly shoot threes, but she has Power’s OK most of the time.
“If I’m not hitting, then I’m not shooting (threes),” Reilly said. “I do not have carte blanche.”
For a shooter like Reilly, it’s difficult not to have fun playing in such a wide-open offense. The offense is built around Owens’ ability to push the ball up the court as a point guard and her ability to drive and penetrate the lane as a shooter.
“I think it’s so fun,” Reilly said. “I like shooting. This year all the girls are clicking while playing the system. We have a lot of returnees. Some of our players last year did not know the system.”
Reilly was the starting setter for Fenwick’s girls volleyball team (11-20), which had its season end Oct. 25 in a Class 4A regional final loss to Lyons. Reilly was one of the leading scorers for the girls soccer team last spring.
“Volleyball was a hard transition (to basketball),” Reilly said. “In setting, you have a different motion than shooting.”