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Girls basketball update: Playoff hunt heating up

January 30th, 2013 by Annette Griffus

As the end of January draws near that only means one thing around here.

Playoffs.

There are some clear leaders in regard to our local teams and there they stand in their respective playoffs. There are some that hold their fate in their own hands and others that need some help.

I’m going to break it down a bit to see where our local teams stand as February is right around the corner.

Here’s a look at the 2A Olympic League:

Port Angeles (12-1) has a one-game lead over Bremerton (11-2), followed by Olympic (10-3) and North Kitsap (8-5). All four teams are on the verge of clinching playoff spots with three games left.

It’s rivalry Friday as PA hosts Sequim (5-8) while Olympic is at Bremerton and North Kitsap hosts Kingston (6-7).

Teams on the bubble are Kingston and Sequim. Kingston had some help when NK beat Sequim Tuesday. The top five teams clinch berths to the West Central District tourney in February.

Also, 1A Port Townsend (10-8 overall, 6-8 OL) can certainly continue to help itself by winning as many games as it can. The Redskins have a bye Friday, then host PA Tuesday, Feb. 5 before finishing the season at Sequim, Feb. 8.

In the 3A Metro League, Bainbridge (7-6) is still fighting for a top four berth and are in second place in the Sound Division behind West Seattle (8-5).

As far as the two 4A Narrows League schools, Central Kitsap is controlling its destiny at 6-3, good enough for third place, while South Kitsap (1-7) won’t make the top four spots into the district tournament. CK is at Bellarmine Prep (7-1) Wednesday before hosting 3A Henry Foss Friday, Gig Harbor (5-4) Feb. 4 and Olympia (4-4) Feb. 6.

For Crosspoint Academy, the 2B Warriors took a hit with their loss to Auburn Adventist Tuesday. CPA (4-4) should still manage a third or fourth seed into the Bi-District tourney with two games left, vs. Bear Creek Saturday and then at Seattle Lutheran Tuesday.

Top performers:

West Sound-leading scorer Sawyer Kluge scored 27 points in Bremerton’s win over Port Townsend. She also had 13 rebounds and eight steals (just two swipes shy of her first triple-double this season). Eboni Harpes also had 13 rebounds for the Knights. … Olympic’s Ashli Payne had 23 points and teammate Olivia Williams had 19. … Crosspoint’s Grace Garguile led the Warriors, scoring 21 of her team’s 39 points. … North Kitsap’s Rebekah Baugh had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the Vikings win over Sequim.

 What to watch for:

Friday: It’s Rivalry Day! OK, not officially, but that’s how the schedule came out so I’m going with it. Up first is Olympic at Bremerton. Oly lost to B-Town 61-48 in their last meeting. If Oly were to beat Bremerton, both teams would be tied at 11-3 with two games left. … Port Angeles takes on Sequim in the Clallam County clash. If PA holds on to the No. 1 seed, the Roughriders would get a first-round bye at district. … North Kitsap plays Kingston, which is still trying to secure that fifth-seed.

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