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Girls basketball: Reimer, Hamilton Southeastern top Mavunga, Brownsburg

Royals star gets better of Mavunga in showdown of HCC rivals, national recruits

12:00 AM, Nov. 29, 2012 EST

Taya Reimer of HSE goes up for a shot against Brownsburg defender Margaret Oles. Hamilton Southeastern hosted Brownsburg in girls basketball Wednesday November 28, 2012. / Rob Goebel / The Star

FISHERS, Ind. -- Hamilton Southeastern High School senior Taya Reimer apologized to girls basketball coach Chris Huppenthal after Wednesday night's victory.

Asked why she was apologizing, Reimer mentioned her six missed free throws.

"I said, 'Taya, you are doing everything you can do for us. You're not going to be outstanding at everything you do,' " Huppenthal said. "You can't have everything, but she gives a whole heck of a lot. She showed a lot of class on the floor."

Reimer scored 21 points in the Class 4A No. 1 Royals' 58-43 victory over Brownsburg in Hoosier Crossroads Conference action Wednesday night. The Royals are 6-0, while the Bulldogs fell to 4-1.

Reimer, who hit two 3-pointers and 7-of-13 from the free throw line before fouling out late, shut down Brownsburg's 6-4 forward Stephanie Mavunga. Notre Dame-bound Reimer and North Carolina-bound Mavunga are highly ranked national players.

"It was the matchup everyone wanted to see, and I think Taya's defense was outstanding through three quarters," Huppenthal said. "Through the midpoint of the fourth quarter, I looked up and Stephanie only had seven points. Taya was doing a great job of reaching (Mavunga's) right shoulder once she caught the ball."

Mavunga finished with 13 points, scoring six in the fourth quarter.

"We knew they were going to run everything through her because she's their primary player," Reimer said. "She likes to get down on the block and bully and finish those short shots. We work on our post defense almost every day in practice. I'm used to bodying up and being able to block the shots or make them shoot over me."

Brownsburg tried to keep Reimer from getting the ball early.

"But as the game went on and she loosened up, it really showed what kind of player she is," Huppenthal said.

The Royals, who led 23-16 at halftime, were in control from the second quarter on except for one stretch.

The Bulldogs scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 25-23.

"After that, I thought our girls on the floor really did a very good job of taking care of the basketball and identifying the open players," Huppenthal said. "Then we were able to make them turn the ball over a little bit."

Royals freshman Megan Walton came off to bench to score 10 points.

"Megan grew up a lot (Wednesday)," Huppenthal said. "She's been struggling at the defensive end of the floor. She played better and offensively she made some plays."

Her older sister Lindsay Walton added eight points for the Royals. Jessica Pongonis had 10 points despite foul troubles.



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