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Girls basketball: Sequim coach seeking better team defense
With the chance to take sole possession of second place in the Olympic League, the Lady Wolves came up short against the Olympic Trojans.
The Trojans (7-3 in league, 9-5 overall) went up by as much as 16 in the third quarter before the Wolves (7-3, 7-5) went on a run of their own in the fourth.
Melanie Guan scored seven points in the fourth including a 3-pointer and Alexas Besand scored five of her 9 points in the fourth too. Besand added 18 rebounds for the game.
But the Wolves couldn’t stop the Trojans or score much on their own after missing several 3-pointers and close-up shots. Katie Campana andOlivia Williams scored 17 and 16 to lead the Trojans for the game.
Sequim only scored seven points in the third quarter, which has a been a weak point for the Wolves coming out of the half this season.
“The first two minutes of the third quarter might be the most important part of the game for us,” Sequim coach Evan Still said. “It sets a tone for the rest of the half.”
The biggest issue, Still said, is that the Wolves “haven’t played four consistent good quarters of basketball all season.”
While the home loss did shake the Wolves somewhat, earlier in the week Sequim won two close ones. They beat the Port Townsend Redskins 42-40 on Jan. 15, led by Besand’s 15 points and 10 rebounds and Caitlin Stofferahn’s 10 points, 10 boards and six assists.
The Wolves were leading most of the game with their largest lead at eight but the Redskins worked their way back, Still said. However, the Wolves never lost the lead despite Port Townsend having one last shot to win at the buzzer.
Against Bremerton on Monday, the Wolves stormed the Knights in the second half behind three 3-pointers and 15 points from McKenzie Bentz who hit the game winning 3-pointer with seven seconds left.
Sequim had to rally from a 12 point deficit in the fourth for the win.
Despite the 2-1 week, Still said the team has been lacking in team defense.
“We’ve had high point totals against us and we pride ourselves in our defense,” he said.
As the season comes to a close in a few weeks, the Wolves are seeking to solidify the second Olympic League seed for good for an automatic bye into sub-districts with the top four teams from the league going to compete.
Sequim travels to Kingston (7-3, 8-4) on Friday, Jan. 24, and play North Mason (0-10, 0-13) at home on Jan. 28.