Jenna Randich was whistled for her third foul before she had even made her first field goal.
The second quarter was barely 30 seconds old and the Olympia girls basketball team’s leading scorer and unquestionable floor leader was heading to the bench.
The potential dilemma, however, was immediately turned into a showcase of the Bears’ depth.
Randich rebounded from her early foul trouble to score a game-high 12 points, Natalie VanDormolen and Moriah Luthy each added 10 points and visiting Olympia continued its winning ways against cross-town rival Capital with a, 53-34, nonleague victory on Wednesday.
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“The girls go at it pretty hard in practice. We have a few drills that push the younger players and it’s for situations like tonight when we have Jenna on the bench,” Olympia coach Jackie Robinson said. “I think those practices really prepare them.”
Olympia won for the fourth consecutive game and improved to 5-2 on the season with the win. Capital dropped to 6-2.
Elllie Potts scored 11 points for the Cougars, while teammate Olivia Jackowich chipped in 10 points.
Randich, who scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half, wasn’t the only Olympia starter caught in early foul trouble as fellow starter Sophie Wood made a quick exit from the contest as well, picking up her second foul just 1 minute, 20 seconds into the game.
The Bears used a 9-0 run to establish an 11-8 lead after the first quarter.
A free throw from Capital’s Addie Peters following Randich’s third foul trimmed the deficit to 11-9, but the Cougars did not get any closer as the Bears got 3-pointers from Luthy, Miranda Neal and Averie Stock during a game-changing 20-2 run.
“I actually didn’t say anything to them. They knew what they needed to do,” said Robinson about the direction he provided to his team during a timeout prior to the run. “What really helped us, what saved us was we picked up our defensive intensity. We were about to apply some pressure. We rebounded and we were able to force some turnovers with our young players in there.”
Randich hit her first bucket on the Bears opening possession of the second half, kicking starting a mini 6-0 run.
Olympia’s starting center Lilly Anne Landers picked up her fourth foul late in the third quarter, but the game was already well in hand for the Bears as they enjoyed a 46-25 advantage.
Olympia has won five in a row in its series against Capital with the Cougars’ last win over the Bears coming in a 53-48 overtime victory on Dec. 8, 2010.
Up next for Olympia will be the Kingston Holiday Tournament. The Bears open play Tuesday against Bishop Blanchet.
Capital returns to the court Wednesday when the Cougars play at Mountain View of Vancouver, Washington, in a nonleague game.