For some of our local girls basketball teams, offense won’t be an issue. For others, each bucket will come at a premium.
That was the case Friday.
North Kitsap scored 71 points in a win over Klahowya, Central Kitsap had 74 in its victory over Shelton while Bainbridge, South Kitsap topped out at 60 or close to it.
I haven’t been out to see North Kitsap, yet, so I’d like to hold off on saying whether or not their offense is for real, but Klahowya coach Dave Sturgeon had nothing but praise for the Vikings after his Eagles lost Friday.
Sturgeon had scouted NK a couple of times trying to find a weakness, and felt his zone defense could keep the Viking somewhat contained. But that wasn’t the case.
“They’re better in person,” he said, adding their long bodies (and an even height distribution throughout the lineup) make them difficult to defend.
An added note, Klahowya starting post/forward Annie Lever has been out since suffering a concussion in the second quarter of the Eagles’ game against Chimacum on Nov. 27. Sturgeon hopes to have Lever back by Wednesday.
On the other end of the spectrum was an overtime thriller between Sequim and Crosspoint Academy. Sequim (2A) beat the Warriors (2B) 38-34 in a hotly-contested battle.
Another tough game was Olympic’s win over a much-improved Port Townsend team. The Trojans beat PT 42-38 and are in fourth place. Both Bremerton and Port Angeles won so they are tied atop the OL with 3-0 records. NK is at 2-0, followed by Oly (2-1), PT and Kingston (both at 1-2).
North Kitsap sophomore Rebekah Baugh had 28 points, 7 assists and 6 steals in the Vikings win. Teammate Molly Lemmon had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. … Klahowya’s Kori Holt had a game-high 22 points and she led with 8 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists and a block. … Crosspoint guard Desere’e Doty led the Warriors with 20 points in an overtime loss. … Olympic senior Ashli Payne scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and had five steals in a win over PT. … Sequim’s Alexas Besand led the Wolves with 19 rebounds and 17 points. … Kaylee Yergeau had 15 points and 15 rebounds as SK won its first game. Teammate Gabrielle Stewart chipped in 15 points and 8 assists. … Grace Kenyon had 16 points in Bainbridge’s win over Chief Sealth.
What to watch for:
Monday: A big early season matchup has 3-0 Bremerton at 2-0 North Kitsap. Will the Knights defense be able to stop Rebekah Baugh?
Wednesday: NK could be coming off a big win or a tough loss, either way the Vikings head to Port Angeles for what’s always been an entertaining game. Klahowya is at Port Townsend and Kingston is at Olympic.
Friday: Bainbridge hosts Franklin, last season’s Class 3A runner-up in Metro League game. Central Kitsap is at Gig Harbor in the Narrows, which has been a good rivalry game the last several years.