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Bolingbrook's Kamari Jordan battles for a rebound with Romeoville's Rosalinda Vazquez during regional action on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. | Donnell Collins~For Sun-Times Media
Bolingbrook’s Aysia Bugg injured her ankle a few seconds into the second half of the No. 4 Raiders’ Class 4A sectional semifinal against No. 7 Romeoville Tuesday at Oswego, and starters Kristen Moore and Kennedy Cattenhead fouled out early in the fourth quarter.
They were barely missed.
Led by 5-10 junior guard Amarah Coleman’s 14 points, six Bolingbrook players scored at least seven points each as the eight-time defending sectional champions buried their Valley View School District 365U rivals 59-28.
“Yes, we’re pretty deep,” Coleman said.
Five Bolingbrook players scored as the Raiders opened an early 13-3 lead. The lead swelled to 18-7 after a quarter, but Bolingbrook coach Anthony Smith was far from happy with his team’s shot selection. Between quarters, he strongly encouraged the Raiders team to attack the basket.
“We just had to play our game and attack the basket instead of settling,” Coleman said. “We just had to stay patient, not rush the shots, attack the basket, draw the foul and keep it going.”
Bolingbrook heeded their coach’s advice and extended the lead to 28-14 on a baseline drive by Cattenhead (eight points, seven rebounds) with 2:10 left in the first half. It was 36-17 at the break, and despite Bugg’s injury, the lead reached 48-24 by the end of the third quarter.
“Sloppy, very sloppy,” Romeoville coach Julio Carrasco said of her team’s performance. “We couldn’t get into our offense the first quarter. We turned the ball over and couldn’t hit any open shots. I don’t know what we shot in the first quarter, but it wasn’t good.
“They’re a good team” he added. “They pressure the crap out of you. That was pretty much the tempo. We played at their tempo. We never could get into ours.”
Kristen Moore added eight points for Bolingbrook (23-5), which will play either Neuqua Valley or Naperville Central for the sectional title Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Central was the last team other than Bolingbrook to win the sectional since 2004.
Shay Robinson added eight points for the Raiders, and Bugg and Lexi Smith each had seven.
Abby Smith scored 11 points to lead Romeoville (27-4). Leading scorer Kiera Currie was held to seven points and Angelica Osusky had eight. Brianna Harris, the Spartans’ best outside threat, did not score.
“We never got the ball to Brianna in the first half, and when we did it was more or less a frustration shot,” Carrasco said. “The girls fought defensively. Offensively, we just couldn’t do anything.”