The Pirates continue to ply rough waters away from their home port.
The Peninsula College women’s basketball team dropped a pair of division games last week. They have now lost eight of their 12 road games, including two of three in conference match-ups.
The Pirates fell to Skagit Valley (4-0 in division, 11-3 overall) 92-39 on Jan. 12 and tumbled against North Seattle (1-3 in division, 2-10 overall) on Jan. 15, losing 69-49.
Peninsula (1-3 in division, 4-9 overall) could not recover from lackluster shooting in the first half and Skagit Valley never looked back from their fast start.
Peninsula was successful on just seven of 29 first-half shots, including two of 13 from beyond the three-point arc. The Cardinals, meanwhile, shot 81 percent on 11 three-point tries, cruising to a 58-16 advantage at halftime.
Skagit Valley, a North Division power, benefited from a prodigious night of scoring from their bench — 43 points from six players.
Danika Goodwin led Peninsula with 12 points while Megan Smith added five points and nine rebounds.
Within seven points of the Storm at halftime, the Pirates had a chance to earn a crucial road division win but their shooting touch was nowhere to be found in the second half.
The Pirates saw North Seattle stretch their lead in the second stanza as Peninsula made only two of 16 shots from three-point territory, nearly half their total shots in the period. The Storm earned a distinct advantage by collecting 56 rebounds to the Pirates’ 42.
Goodwin netted 24 points while collecting six boards. Shawna Thein contributed 13 points.
The Pirates hosted the division-leading Whatcom Community College Orcas (3-0 in division, 7-6 overall) at 5 p.m. on Jan. 17. Results were unavailable at press time.
The Pirates will take on two of the lowly teams of the North Division later in the week. Peninsula will battle the Edmonds Tritons (1-2 in division, 5-6 overall) at 5 p.m. today, Jan. 19, in Port Angeles.
The Pirates conclude the week on the road against the Everett Trojans (2-2 in division, 6-7 overall) at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22.
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