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Girls Basketball: Wolves hold tie for second into break
The Wolves held their composure against the Klahowya Eagles (0-5 2-6) before going into winter break to stay in second place in the Olympic League.
Sequim (4-1, 4-3) maintained a healthy lead through most of the game at home on Dec. 20 for a 48-43 win but foul calls started to pile up as did the Eagles' chances to catch up.
By the end of the third, Sequim tallied nine team fouls but the Eagles couldn't capitalize going 2-6 on free throws.
Head coach Evan Still was called for a technical foul earlier in the quarter after Alexas Besand was called for a foul on an offensive inbound play.
Still said he felt there wasn't much contact and that the foul calls were one-sided.
“But we need to make sure when that happens it doesn't matter what the calls are,” Still said afterward.
“It made things things tougher but they kept their poise.”
Klahowya cut the lead to six but Vanessa Martinez sank two free throws and Victoria Cummins made a layup on a fast break to go back up by 10 (33-23) at the end of the third.
In the fourth, Sequim continued to see foul calls against them including a 3-point play but Elise Beuke countered with a jump shot and foul shot of her own to go back up nine. She stepped up to score all 11 of her points in the fourth.
The Wolves extended their biggest lead to 13 but the Eagles continued to apply pressure.
Klahowya got a steal and a layup with 1:16 to go and Maya Ladner nailed a 3-pointer to cut the lead to seven.
Seconds later, she was fouled and missed two free throws and before time expired Izzy Severns stole the ball for a layup to finish the game with a 48-43 Sequim win.
Severns finished with 13 points and both Sarah Cooper and Ladner scored 11 each.
Alexas Besand was a powerhouse for the Wolves yet again with 16 points and 16 rebounds. She scored 10 points in the first half pacing the Wolves to a 24-15 halftime lead.
Beuke had 11 points and five boards while McKenzie Bentz nabbed five boards.
Caitlin Stofferahn added six points and six boards playing two days after being hospitalized with a bruised sternum. She was knocked unconscious in the 46-26 win over North Mason in the fourth quarter after a player set a screen against her. She said it was hard to breathe but was feeling better and didn't want to miss the Friday night game. Melanie Guan sat out the fourth quarter against Klahowya with an ankle injury, too.
Sequim practiced through the holidays except for on Christmas and traveled to Napavine for a non-league game on Dec. 27 for a game with the possibility of another game on Dec. 28 with a win.
Sequim is tied in the Olympic League with North Kitsap (4-1, 6-2) for second place and plays there on Tuesday, Jan. 7, and plays first place Port Angeles (6-0, 7-1) on Friday, Jan. 10.
Reach Matthew Nash at firstname.lastname@example.org.