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First half deficit dooms Pirates

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For Peninsula's Pirates, Saturday night was a tale of two halves.

Unfortunately for the home squad, the first half was much worse than the second.

Olympic's Jodi Mitchell sank six three-pointers and dropped 30 points in a 69-59 Ranger victory, sending Peninsula to a 0-1 mark in conference play and 1-8 overall.

"You put yourself in a 20-point hole, it's hard to come back from that," Peninsula coach Ali Crumb said. "We just weren't ready to play from the start of the game."

The Rangers, with just six players suited up for Saturday night's contest, roared to a 44-24 lead behind Mitchell and some sharp shooting all around; O.C. hit 18 of 33 shots (55 percent) from the field in the opening period.

Peninsula, on the other hand, struggled for buckets, hitting just 11 of 34 from the field (32 percent) and one of four from the line.

The Rangers built a 60-34 lead early in the second half before Peninsula made it more than respectable, finishing on a 25-9 run.

"I'm glad they didn't roll over," Crumb said of her team.

Stephanie Garner led Peninsula with 14 points, 11 rebounds two steals and two assists.

"She's sort of a silent leader down there," Crumb said of Garner.

Jasmine Jackson added 11 points and eight rebounds while Neomi Cater chipped in 11 points off the bench.

Peninsula was without both Dena Houser and Abby Schmid, both nursing injuries.

Crumb said she wasn't sure whether either would return soon. She did say the college has a couple of new transfers who may see on-the-court action.

"You've got to have faith in the people you have, that (they) will turn it around," Crumb said.

"It's possible we will finish the season with 11 players ... or seven. We just don't know."

The Pirates are back in action on Jan. 6 at Bellevue. Peninsula hosts Skagit Valley, the defending NWAACC North champions, on Jan. 9.

Reach Michael Dashiell at miked@sequimgazette.com.

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