Girls Basketball: Rich Central denies Bloom
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media January 16, 2014 9:12PM
Updated: January 16, 2014 10:05PM
Tayana Wilson, a sophomore, has been scoring like crazy for Rich Central this season, averaging 16-plus points per game.
Thursday night against visiting Bloom, when Wilson headed to the bench with foul trouble the rest of the Olympians were ready, willing and able to take charge.
“We know when Tayana isn’t out there, the whole team has to step up,” Cayla Rempson said. “We encourage each other to hit those shots, and we feel better. Everyone scores, and we do so much better.”
It was no Wilson, no problem for Rich Central, with the Olympians producing a 65-35 Southland win.
Rempson’s 14 points led Rich Central (14-5, 5-1), with Vivian Imarenezor (12 points) and Cassandra Burres (9 points, 16 rebounds) also contributing.
“Without Tayana in a close game, we can at a disadvantage because she’s our primary ballhandler,” Central coach Craig Marek said. “The girls were resilient and trusted each other.”
With Wilson sitting on the bench in the second quarter with three fouls, Rempson stepped up first. The guard scored to tie the game at 13 in the second period, then hit a corner three-pointer as part of a 9-2 quarter-opening surge.
Later in the period, Imarenezor scored on a hanging scoop shot and adding a three-point play as Rich Central took a 29-18 halftime lead.
“We didn’t want to let the intensity down,” Rempson said. “We had a little lead and wanted to make it bigger. We kept pushing it and kept encouraging each other.”
When Wilson finally got back on the court in the second half, she got hot, scoring 17 of her 19 points. The Olympians saw their lead shrink to nine early in the fourth, but Wilson answered with back-to-back athletic layups.
“Picking up the fouls, I felt like I was letting my team down,” Wilson said. “I wanted to come back and make up for it.”
Wilson’s two scores started a 17-0 run for Rich Central.
“Our defensive communication, defense in general, was so poor,” Bloom coach Ron Newquist said. “We can’t stop anybody from scoring. We got it to nine, and knew we couldn’t exchange baskets. We missed some easy shots and gave up easy buckets.”
Danielle King (13 points) and Ariana Dampier (11) led Bloom (7-11, 2-3).