No. 4 RSM girls stretch win streak with victory over Trinity
REMSEN — Mya Bunkers took charge for the Remsen St. Mary’s girls basketball team in the third quarter Tuesday night.
A 5-foot-9 junior guard, Bunkers scored eight third-frame points as the No. 4-ranked (Class 1A) Hawks outscored Trinity Christian 17-0 on the way to a 51-25 War Eagle Conference victory at Jerry and Marlene Harpenau Family Gym.
Held to three points in the first half, Bunkers finished with 13 as Coach Scott Willman’s squad posted their fifth straight victory.
Remsen St. Mary’s (13-1, 6-1 WEC) won despite chilly first-half shooting. Season scoring leader Whitney Jensen (15.9 ppg) was the only decent shooter among the veteran starting five, tallying 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting. Jensen finished with a game-high 16 points.
“We had wide-open shots and we took them like we were thinking about it more,” said Bunkers. “When there’s pressure on us man to man, it’s harder to put up a contested shot. We’re working on it in practice. We really are.”
Bunkers made two inside baskets in the third quarter as the Hawks stretched a 25-11 halftime lead. Jensen’s basket off a Trinity Christian turnover began a stretch where the hostesses scored on six of their last seven possessions, all of the offense coming from either herself or Bunkers.
Willman wondered if the cold shooting had anything to do with playing for the second straight night. Remsen St. Mary’s beat MMCRU 52-30 Monday, making up a game postponed because of snow on Dec. 8.
“We didn’t have the touch and maybe the confidence we need and that we always have,” said Willman. “But we came out and played a real good third quarter. We held them scoreless and put up 17 points ourselves.”
It was the first scoreless quarter of the season for a defense which yields an average of 35.8 points. The Hawks scored seven points off turnovers, beginning with Gracyn Schroeder’s second 3-point basket of the game.
Bunkers and Jensen also scored baskets off turnovers.
“(Bunkers) is very noticeable, especially on defense,” said Willman. “She never stops playing defense. She’s always in the right position. Offensively, we can count on her for good looks inside the post. She has gotten really strong there.”
Bunkers (11.0 ppg) is one of four Hawks with double-digit scoring averages, joining Jensen, Carmindee Ricke (11.6) and Claire Schroeder (10.4).
“We work really well together,” said Bunkers. “We know each other’s moves. We always pass the ball and get the ball to each other the best we can. We help each other.”