Sequim High School’s turnaround story of the year continues to amaze.
Sequim’s girls basketball squad got one final warm-up before their New Year’s week tournament, clobbering peninsula foe Forks 49-29 on Dec. 21 in a nonleague contest.
Sophomore Rylleigh Zbaraschuk scored 24 points and added five steals as Sequim (5-1 in Olympic League play, 8-1 overall) chalked up their eighth consecutive victory.
Lea Hopson added 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals while teammate Haleigh Harrison chipped in eight points and 10 boards in the victory.
Zbaraschuk became the fourth Wolf this season to lead the team in single-game scoring.
“Our goal is not to have that one person be our ‘star’ player,” Sequim coach Stephanie Lewis said. “On any given night, anyone could be a leading scorer. We’re learning to find each other on the court.”
Sequim led 21-17 at halftime but pushed the lead to double digits after outscoring the Spartans 14-0 in the third quarter.
“We came out kind of sluggish — not with the intensity we have against other teams,” Lewis said. “We got them fired up in the locker room and pushing the lead. I was really impressed with how they responded.”
Taylor Morris led the visiting Spartans with 11 points.
Sequim gets its lone travel tourney of the regular season this week, taking on the Mark Morris Monarchs at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 29, and playing the Kelso’s Hilanders at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 30.
At last season’s tourney, Mark Morris overwhelmed Sequim 77-33. The Wolves then dropped a 60-36 decision to Hudson’s Bay.
“Last year we went down there and really struggled,” Lewis said. “We’re not that struggling team anymore.”
The Wolves jump back into league play Jan. 4 at Kingston and Jan. 6 at Olympic.
Sequim hosts Port Townsend on Jan. 11 and Port Angeles on Jan. 13; both games are varsity double-headers.
Reach Michael Dashiell at firstname.lastname@example.org.