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In a battle between winless teams, one had to come out a winner at the Fenton-Addison Trail Thanksgiving tournament.
Leyden, which didn’t win a regular season game a year ago, actually tied its game in the fourth quarter Saturday against Addison Trail, but couldn’t close out a win in the tournament’s second round.
The Blazers scored 15 of the game’s last 19 points to win 52-41 in the first of three scheduled meetings between the West Suburban Gold rivals.
Addison senior Tory Busse (six rebounds) scored a game-high 16 points, despite shooting 6 of 13 at the free-throw line while teammate Claudia Denigris added 10 points.
“We finally talked and communicated with each other,” Busse said. “We have improved a lot since our first game (69-48 loss to Riverside-Brookfield Nov 12). It feels really good to get a win.”
The Blazers (1-2) picked up their first win of the season despite losing a 23-12 lead in the second quarter and a 35-29 lead in the third quarter.
Leyden (0-2) tied the game at 35 to end the third quarter on Stephanie Muralles’ 15-foot baseline jumper with two seconds remaining. After a pair of free throws to open the fourth quarter for Addison, the Eagles tied the game for the last time on Kathy Wojulewicz’s layup.
Wojulewicz led Leyden with 12 points and Justyna Chojnowski added 11 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
“I feel like we’re working hard to improve on our mistakes,” Chojnowski said.
The Blazers’ final run to end the game included 12 consecutive points until Leyden scored the game’s last basket on a rebound and layup by Muralles. Leyden’s last regular season win was 43-30 against Ridgewood on Feb. 10, 2011.
“We lost control,” first-year Leyden coach Drewann Pancratz said. “Those little things are fixable. We play (Addison) two more times this year.”
Their first conference meeting is Dec. 11 at Leyden and then they meet again Jan. 26 in Addison.