Rappe Lets Her Play Do the Talking in Carmel Victory
Byline: Joe Aguilar email@example.com
It's pronounced "Ra-PAY," not "Rap." And contrary to the Carmel Catholic girls basketball roster, Emma Rappe is a sophomore, not a junior.
Not that the soft-spoken 6-footer is complaining.
She'll let 6-1 senior Kayla Quinn be a vocal leader on the floor for the Corsairs.
"She's loud," said Rappe, meaning it in a good way. "She talks and she likes to help control the game."
Quinn wasn't in uniform Wednesday night at Libertyville, however, after the starting center and team leader suffered a concussion in last week's win over Highland Park.
Enter Rappe, whose fourth-quarter play helped put a rap, so to speak, on Carmel's 58-39 win in the nonconference game.
The victory for Carmel (16-7) was its fifth straight, equaling its longest winning streak of the season.
"I think the first 3 1/2 quarters we were kind of tight," said coach Kelly Perz, whose Corsairs ended the game with a 13-0 run and outscored the Wildcats 17-4 in the fourth. "And then we just started taking what the defense was giving us."
Libertyville (9-13) had no answer for Rappe, who finished with a season-high 12 points. She shot 6 of 6 from the floor, showing off a soft shooting touch as well as an ability to finish in the low post.
"She played really well off the bench for us," Perz said. "I told the girls before the game, 'Someone has got to step up for us (because) Kayla was out.' "
Cassidy Kloss (6 points) and Kathleen Felicelli (11 points) helped make up for the absence of Quinn's rebounding, as each junior grabbed 7 boards. Claire Ogrinc scored 10 of her game-high 14 points in the first half, and Leah Lach added 7 points for Carmel.
Rappe, who made her lone shot in both the second and third quarters, scored 8 points in the fourth. …