Silver Creek’s Emilie Rembert named Times-Call girls basketball player of the year

Greg Lindstrom
Silver Creek’s Emilie Rembert is the Times-Call girls basketball player of the year.

When they see that Emilie Rembert stands about 6-feet, many opponents try to use a post player to defend the Silver Creek junior.

That’s a mistake. She dribbles and maneuvers like a guard and can rocket past players accustomed to making their living in the paint.

Seeing this, some teams try to defend Rembert with a speedy guard.

That’s a mistake. With her height and propensity to finish inside, Rembert has a field day in the post against smaller players.

It’s essentially a pick-your-poison thing with the multifaceted Rembert, who has been named the Times-Call girls basketball player of the year after her standout junior season. Rembert helped lead the Raptors to a 15-10 record and an appearance in the Class 4A Sweet 16 with well-rounded averages of 14 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.3 assists.

“I just look at the matchup and I know that I can play either inside or out,” said Rembert, who has received college interest from Cornell. “I feel like it makes me a bigger opponent against better teams. It gives me a lot of versatility.”

It wasn’t always that way for Rembert, who was having a nondescript sophomore season last year before exploding late. She reached double figures only twice in her first 12 games before making an adjustment and reaching double digits in 10 straight games. She averaged 16.9 points in that span.

“Near the end of my sophomore season, I got a lot more aggressive driving to the hole,” Rembert said. “I was happy to see that carry over to this season and become a regular part of my game.”

Rembert shot 52 percent from the floor this season, including a 14-for-22 performance against 5A Arvada West, in which she piled up a season-high 28 points.

Teaming with fellow junior Margaret Davis, a standout point guard, Rembert and the Raptors proved to be a pesky opponent. Rembert had an uncanny cognitive feel for the game, recognizing key, game-breaking situations and performing adeptly in the moments.

“She’s gotten very comfortable being our go-to person,” Silver Creek coach Dan Kloster said. “She knows we kind of count on her for that and she has no problem with it.”

Rembert also exhibits deft ambidexterity near the hoop, using her off hand so well that some have mistaken her for being left-handed. But when the matchup changes and she begins shooting from the perimeter, it’s becomes clear she’s a righty.

“She’s played just about every spot for us, depending on who’s guarding her,” Silver Creek coach Dan Kloster said. “That’s a big part of what makes her successful is that she’s just so dangerous from so many spots on the floor.”

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