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January 28, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Imani Wright scores 43 for Rainier Beach girls

Imani Wright had a game to remember Friday night against Bainbridge.

The 5-foot-6 senior guard scored 43 of Rainier Beach’s 48 points.

“That was amazing,” Beach coach Angie Bethea said. “She was on fire. Every time she touched the ball, it was like automatically going in.”

Two days earlier, Wright pumped in 25 points against Bishop Blanchet. Her pervious high was 23 against Lakeside on Jan. 16.

“She’s a great kid, very athletic,” Bethea said. “And she’s an amazing person.”

Wright and junior teammate Marcuita Roach both attend nearby South Lake High School, which does not offer athletics. Students are therefore eligible to participate in athletic programs at their attendance-area school.

Bethea, a 2000 Rainier Beach graduate, is the daughter of Mike Bethea, the Vikings’ longtime head boys coach. She is in her first year as head coach after two years as an assistant.

Roach began playing with Rainier Beach over the summer and Angie Bethea said she asked her if there were any other girls at South Lake who might want to join the team. Wright turned out when the season started, but missed the first several games. Her complete stats haven’t been reported to The Times, but she is now averaging 22.3 points in the seven games that are listed.

Bainbridge won Friday’s game, 87-48, dropping the Vikings to 3-12, and tried multiple defenses in an effort to limit Wright’s scoring, according to Bethea, “but there was no way for them to stop her.”

Bethea said she had no idea how many points Wright had scored until checking the scorebook after the game. Wright was unaware, too.

“She was surprised,” Bethea said. “She got wide-eyed and just went, ‘Wow!'”

Bethea said she does not know what the school’s scoring record is. She is Beach’s third head coach in three years.

“I’m here to build the program back up and stabilize it,” she said.

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