Fenton girls basketball team wins pair of games

Benbow continues to star for Bison; Records triple-double against ICCP.

By Mike Miazga


There was even more positive news recently for the Fenton girls basketball team.

The Bison recorded a pair of victories to move their overall record to 4-7.

Fenton downed IC Catholic Prep 74-56 in Elmhurst in a West Suburban Conference Blue Division game and also scored a 77-73 win at Westmont in non-conference action.

The IC Catholic Prep win pushed Fenton to 2-3 in MSC Red play.

In the IC Catholic Prep win, Amari Benbow had a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Fenton coach Dave Mello said he’s been impressed of late with one certain aspect of his team’s offense. “The team is doing a great job taking shots,” he said. “We aren’t worried about working for the best shot. We want the quickest shot.”

And shooting-wise the Bison have excelled from the 3-point line of late. “I like the fact we are making a good number of 3-pointers each game,” said Mello. “We made 12 against IC and 14 against Westmont.”

Mello added defense continues to be a work in progress. “We have been having some issues with our defense,” he said. “We need to get back to our press forcing turnovers. We must also work on boxing out and cutting off the sideline.”

Mello noted Benbow and Jamie Minard have stepped things up of late for the Bison. “Obviously, Amari is one who has really taken off. She is handling the ball, scoring, rebounding and setting her teammates up for easy scores,” he said. “Also, Jamie Minard has been on a nice run. Not only is she scoring, but she is doing a nice job rebounding. Her leadership has been big as well.”

Fenton opened play earlier this week in the Chicago Collins tournament with games against Solorio and Westinghouse. Fenton plays Roosevelt today at Collins and will wrap up play in the tournament on Friday.

“We feel the season certainly has been a success thus far when all things are considered with the late coaching change and implementing a new system,” said Mello. “However, none of us are satisfied just competing during the first half of the season. We are looking to keep having success in the second half as well.”


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