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Wolves still hunting
A lot of things went right for Sequim's girls basketball squad Friday night, but enough things went wrong - lay-ups and free throws included - that kept them out of the win column for the 36th consecutive time.
Jalen Carpenter scored 20 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as Bremerton's Knights survived a scare in beating the fast-break-minded Wolves, 58-42 on Jan. 22.
Down by as much as 16 points in the second quarter, Sequim used the fast break for a flurry of points in the third quarter, closing the gap to 40-30 nearing the end of the third.
But a series of miscues - 10 missed field goal tries, 1-of-8 on free throws and a couple of turnovers - in a four-minute span spoiled Sequim's upset bid.
The Wolves finished 9-of-27 from the charity stripe.
'Definitely one of our lowest points on free throws,"
Sequim coach Stephanie Lewis said. ""(but) they didn't give up."
Despite a tough night at the free throw line, Lea Hopson had a strong all-around game for the Wolves, leading the team with 16 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and three steals.
""We had a chance," Hopson said. "Our defense was hustling back (but) our shots weren't going in."
Freshman Rylleigh Zbaraschuk added 14 points and four rebounds while classmate Haleigh Harrison chipped in with five points, six rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.
Caitlin Wiker, sidelined with foul trouble throughout the game, had five points and six rebounds in limited minutes.
The Knights were without star Kourtney Carpenter, twin sister of Jalen. Kristy Wood had 11 points and nine rebounds for Bremerton, who shot just 18-of-60 (30 percent) from the field and 20-of-42 from the free-throw line.
Sequim was scheduled to take on Port Townsend on Jan. 26 - results were unavailable at press time. The Wolves host Kingston, the top 2A team in the Olympic League, on Jan. 29.
Sequim is seeking its first victory since the 2007-2008 season.
"The girls are getting frustrated," Hopson said, "but after the last two games we've got our pep back up."
Reach Michael Dashiell at email@example.com.