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When they told Rolling Meadows coach Ryan Kirkorsky he’d be playing the late game Saturday at the Chi-Town Showdown at Young, he didn’t think they meant 9:30 p.m.
But the start did not seem to bother No. 13 Rolling Meadows (10-0), which raced to a 27-13 lead after 12 minutes and rolled to a 79-51 victory over the four-time Nevada state champions from Bishop Gorman.
Jackie Kemph led Meadows with 27 points. Her 27th point, on a free throw, was the 1,000th point of the 5-foot-6 junior’s career.
“I didn’t know that,” said Kemph, who also had seven assists. “That’s so cool. It was just awesome to come here. I’m happy that we’re undefeated. We just need to keep it going. If we play defense and play our game, I think we can hang with anybody.”
Bishop Gorman (2-2) took an early 6-3 lead, but as the first quarter wore on the outside shooting of Rolling Meadows’ 6-fot-2 junior Jenny Vliet and 5-11 junior Alexis Glasgow and the speed of Kemph leading the break began to take its toll on the visitors from the desert,
Glasgow’s long three with 1:35 left in the first quarter was part of a 14-3 to close out the period, and Vliet bagged a jumper from distance left of the key to extend the Mustangs’ advantage to 30-13 with just over three minutes remaining in the first half.
Rolling Meadows continued to pour it on in the second half. A bucket by Vliet off a nifty feed from Jackie Kemph 72 seconds into the third quarter extended the lead to 44-21, and moments later a rebound basket by Morgan Keller allowed the Mustangs to double up Bishop Gorman at 54-27.
“Our post players are so strong,” Kemph said. “Morgan is just an ox…a pretty ox.”
Bishop Gorman (2-2) made a run to start the fourth quarter, outscoring Rolling Meadows 14-2 to pull within 62-47 with 5:28 remaining. Junior Sandria Bolden fueled the run with a pair of three-pointers from the right corner.
“This was our second game today and we only have nine players,” said Bishop Gorman coach Sheryl Krmpotich. “That does make a difference. We played two games today (Gorman beat Raby in the morning) I wish we could have played them (Rolling Meadows) first. But we’ll build on that run.”
No sooner had Bishop Gorman closed to within 15 points than Meadows answered with a 11-0 run including three acrobatic baskets by Glasgow and a three-pointer by Jackie Kemph from the left of the key.
Glasgow finished with 20 points and Keller added 10 points and six rebounds for Rolling Meadows. Bolden led Bishop Gorman with 15 points and freshman Raychel Stanley added 12.