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Oak Park, 12/15/12--Fenwick's Jade Owens loses control of the ball as Oak Park River Forest's Maeve Connelly defends. Fenwick High School hosted Oak Park River Forest High School in girls basketball Saturday evening. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
The final score didn’t resemble last year’s track meet when neighborhood rivals Fenwick and Oak Park-River Forest combined to score 200 points.
The action Saturday night wasn’t as fast, but it was just as furious when the Friars came from behind after a sluggish first half. Freshman Deja Cage broke out with a 12-point third quarter as the Friars won 79-60 over visiting OPRF.
Junior guard Jade Owens scored a game-high 20 points to lead Fenwick, but Cage had the biggest impact when the No. 2 Friars (9-1) needed it most. Cage contributed a career high despite scoring only one other basket in the second quarter and no points in the fourth quarter.
“We were running a little slow,” Cage said. “We had to pick it up and play as a team. I’m excited that we did and it brought us together.”
OPRF (4-8), which lost its fourth straight, led 37-32 at halftime behind Emily Vachon’s 12 points. Vachon finished with 14 while Caroline Kelty had 17 points for the Huskies. OPRF played without starters Cuya Hall (ankle) and Hailey Hoye (back) due to injuries.
“With two of our starters out, that made an impact,” Kelty said. “Then in the third quarter, our point guard (Maeve Connelly) fouled out. They had a great system.”
The Friars had one of their biggest quarters of the season by scoring 30 points in the third. Cage matched OPRF’s entire team output for the quarter.
Five Friars players finished in double figures, including Eva Brundage (12 points), Jennifer Mackowiak (11) and Maggie Reilly (10).
Fenwick registered the last basket before the half on an Owens 3-pointer, then opened the second half by scoring 18 consecutive points.
Fenwick won last year’s contest 101-99 in overtime. The Friars bounced back Saturday after losing their first game of the season Thursday, to Joliet Catholic, 73-70.
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper on Thursday to read more about the Fenwick and Oak Park-River Forest girls basketball teams.