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Carmel's Kayla Quinn (52) fights Fenwick's Maya Garland (21) and Eva Brundage (2) for a loose ball during the second quarter of Saturday's game. Fenwick won the game, 66-62. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
Fenwick is a girls basketball team that lives and dies by the three-point shot.
Some games, shots aren’t going to fall. This was the case Saturday. But good teams still find a way to win, which the Friars did, pulling out a 66-60 win over host Carmel in an East Suburban Catholic game.
“It definitely wasn’t how we expected it to go,” said junior guard Jade 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 Friars (14-2, 3-1) shot 9-for-37 from beyond the arc, and did not score a basket in the game’s final three and a half minutes. The Corsairs (11-6, 1-3) cut a 13-point deficit to 64-60 when senior Kayla Quinn scored a layup with 29 seconds left. Two free throws by Owens sealed the game for the Friars, who were playing their first game since the Dundee-Crown tournament.
“We have had a couple of days off since [the tournament],’’ Owens said. ‘‘I think it was rustiness especially with our shooting.”
Leading 46-39 at the end of the third quarter, it looked as though Fenwick would pull away in the third period. A 14-4 run was capped by a Maya Garland steal and layup, making the score 64-51 with three and a half minutes left. Carmel then forced three consecutive Fenwick turnovers, keying its final run that got them to within four points in the final minute.
Quinn and senior Claire Ogrinc led the Corsairs with 16 points apiece. Carmel had won four of its last five and was coming off a first-place finish in the Warren Blue Devil Classic.
“[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.