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Girls Basketball: Tayana Wilson putting up big numbers for Rich Central

Rich Central's TayanWils(right) | File photo

Rich Central's Tayana Wilson (right) | File photo

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Updated: January 11, 2014 6:23AM



As a freshman last season, Tayana Wilson was the leading scorer and top ball-stealer for Rich Central. It didn’t translate into much success for the team, which finished 5-21.

She, and the Olympians, are anything but a soph touch so far in 2013-14.

Wednesday, Wilson scored 34 points and made the game-winning basket as the buzzer sounded in overtime as Rich Central beat Bloom 66-64 to improve to 5-3.

Wilson, a 5-foot-6 point guard, is among the area leaders in scoring (19.3 ppg) and steals (4.7 spg), while contributing 27 assists and 33 rebounds.

“Tayana has really stepped up her game this year,” Olympians coach Craig Marek said. “We are proud of the way she competes and leads us. It’s exciting to know she is only a sophomore and how much she contributes to our team.

“Her best attribute is she plays for the team. She doesn’t play the game for her stats or for personal glory, she plays for the love of the game. Having players like her make coaching very easy.”

The seeds are in

Joliet Catholic garnered the most votes to beat out Bolingbrook for the top seed at the Hillcrest Holiday Classic.

The annual 16-team tournament, which will be celebrating its 35th season, will be held from Dec. 26 through 28.

First-round match-ups Dec. 26 are T.F. North vs. Sandburg (9 a.m.), Seton vs. Hillcrest (9 a.m.), Lockport vs. Rich Central (10:30 a.m.), Queen of Peace vs. Bolingbrook (10:30 a.m.), Marist vs. Oak Forest (noon), Rich South vs. Tinley Park (noon), Bloom vs. Stagg (1:30 p.m.) and Thornton vs. Joliet Catholic (1:30 p.m.).

The tournament championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 28.

Bloom is the defending titlist, beating Hillcrest 73-69 in last season’s final. The Blazing Trojans, in rebuilding mode under Ron Newquist, are 2-5.

Clinic at Queen of Peace

A free open house and girls basketball clinic for girls in grades 6 through 8 will be held at Queen of Peace, 7659 S. Linder Ave., Burbank, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Among the activities at the clinic will be team games and skills contests.

For information or to register, contact George Shimko at
shimkog@queenofpeacehs.org or (815) 414-4151.

Player of the Week

Tayana Wilson, of Rich Central, is the SouthtownStar Girls Basketball Player of the Week.

Wilson, a sophomore point guard, helped the Olympians defeat Eisenhower and Bloom to improve to 5-3. In a 59-49 victory over Eisenhower, she had 10 points, five assists and five steals. In a 66-64 decision over Bloom, she scored 34 points, was 18-of-22 from the free-throw line and hit the game-winning shot in overtime as the buzzer sounded.



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