Opponents may slow down one member of the Friars' Blaze-Moore dynamic duo, but stopping both of them? Forget about it!
Kate Moore credits much of her defensive improvement to Assistant Varsity Coach Erin Power. (Photo courtesy of Wednesday Journal.)
They are not quite done, but already seniors McKenzie Blaze and Kate Moore have scored more than 2,000 career points together as Fenwick Friars' teammates: 1,018 for Blaze and 1,217 for Moore, and still counting. The girls, both of whom hail from Western Springs, have played on the Varsity team for all four years and started posting some big numbers as sophomores in 2015-16. Last season Blaze and Moore were named to the All-Conference Team for the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (GCAC) and were All-State Honorable Mentions per the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.
In addition to scoring more than 1,000 points in her Fenwick career, McKenzie Blaze also is a rebounding force underneath the backboards. (Photo courtesy of Wednesday Journal.)
Fans can expect similar recognition at the conclusion of their 2017-18 campaign. This season alone, each player has tallied more than 400 points, averaging more than 13 points per game (ppg) – two points more ppg than they scored as juniors. Blaze, a 5’11” power/small forward, is a force in the paint, pulling down upwards of six rebounds per game. Moore, an inch shorter and known more for her shooting and passing skills, grabs about half as many boards. The latter’s long arms help in defensive pursuits and shot-blocking. In the steals category, the two are about even with slightly more than one take-away per game.
Either one or the other has been the primary source of headlines for the struggling Friars (12-16, 2-3) this season. The pair was named to the Niles North All Tournament in ’17 and ’16. This past holiday season, Blaze made the Dundee-Crown All-Tournament Team; Moore was named Player of the Game at the Chicago Classic Shootout. “Kate is one of the best shooters Fenwick has ever seen,” Head Coach Dave Power told the Chicago Tribune. “She reminds us of [former WNBA champion] Tricia Liston in that regard.
“McKenzie and Kate our not only our captains, they are, more importantly, the leaders,” Coach Power says. “They are the heart and soul of our team!” Blaze is looking to further her education this coming fall while playing college basketball at either DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) or California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo). For now, Moore is choosing not to play basketball after high school.
The two seniors play in their regular-season finale on Thursday, February 8th: a home game against Peoria. Emotions will run high as this is the scoring tandem’s last time to take the Fieldhouse Gym floor at Fenwick. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. Go Friars!
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