In a season of dissonance, Peninsula's Pirates are hoping to end their 2009-2010 campaign on a good note.
Peninsula (2-13 in conference play, 3-20 overall) drop-ped a pair of NWAACC North division contests heading into tonight's regular season contest against Shoreline.
P.C. topped the Dolphins (1-13, 2-20) on Jan. 23 to end a 12-game losing streak.
With a win and a pair of losses by Olympic this week, Peninsula could finish the season in seventh place. But the Pirates would need to get a win on their home court, a feat they haven't been able to accomplish in seven games.
On Feb. 20, the Pirates were all but finished by halftime against Everett, the North division's likely No. 3 seed going into the postseason and tough match-up for the young Pirate crew, in a 70-43 loss.
Mary Ochiltree led the
host Trojans with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Ashley Housden had 11 points and four blocks and Karissa Tri added 15 points, all appropriately on three-pointers.
Dena Houser led Peninsula with 11 points and four steals while Danika Goodwin added nine points and five assists. Emily Garner led the team with seven rebounds.
Everett led 38-21 by halftime.
Peninsula managed to hit just 15 of 56 shots from the field (27 percent).
Tritons top Pirates, keep playoff hopes alive
Two steps forward and two steps back tend to get a person - or an entire team - nowhere.
That's how Peninsula coach Ali Crumb likened her team's 52-46 loss to Edmonds on Feb. 17.
Down 27-14 at halftime, the Pirates closed the gap to low double digits at several points in the second half. But untimely turnovers and some cold shooting ultimately spelled doom for the home squad.
"I was impressed with their physical effort," Crumb said. "The mental effort was down for sure. We were not focused."
Peninsula hit just 15 of 49 shots from the field (31 percent) and had 28 turnovers.
Houser led Peninsula with 15 points and Goodwin added 10 points. Garner led the team with nine rebounds and teammate Blair Musgrove had three steals and a block.
Whitney Anderson led Edmonds with 16 points while Sam Guliaso had 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Triton win helped the visitors stay in the race for the NWAACC North division's fourth and final playoff seed.
It was Peninsula's 19th loss of the season and sends the Pirates to an 0-7 mark at home.
Crumb, the first year coach, said there are plenty of opportunities for her players to be distracted - a losing record, playoffs out of the questions, injuries abound - but that none of them are a worthy excuse to give minimal effort.
"I think they're getting too comfortable with losing," Crumb said. "It's a skill to learn how to win."
NWAACC North standings
Team Conf. Over.
Skagit Vly. 13-1 19-4
Bellevue 12-2 17-7
Everett 11-3 15-8
Edmonds 8-6 10-12
Seattle 8-7 9-14
Whatcom 7-7 7-12
Olympic 2-12 3-15
Peninsula 2-13 3-20
Shoreline 1-13 2-20
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