A furious rally ended short — and ended Sequim’s season two games short of regionals — in a 42-38 loss to Fife at the Class 2A West Central District Tournament loser-out contest held Feb. 15 at Wilson High School.
Sequim’s Wolves nearly pulled off a fourth-quarter rally, pulling within a basket in the final minute and getting a good look at a potential game-tying shot, before Fife’s Spartans hit free throws to close out the game.
Sequim trailed 36-22 entering the fourth quarter.
“We started pressuring a little more and I think the girls started to unwind a little bit,” Wolves coach Larry Brown said.
“We took quite a few more shots in the fourth, we got really aggressive and played some tough defense. Our shots really started falling,” he said
Ella Christiansen hit five 3-pointers to finish with a game-high 15 points, six in the final quarter, while fellow senior Adrienne Haggerty had 14 points, five in the final frame.
Brown said freshmen Hope Glasser and Jessica Dietzman played well defensively down the stretch. Glasser also scored on an old-fashioned 3-point play late in the game to help the Wolves close within a score.
Sequim led 19-12 late in the first half before enduring a long scoring drought that lasted into the third period.
The Wolves managed just three points in the third quarter.
“We had a rough stretch where we didn’t score for six game minutes,” Brown said.
Sequim finished its season, the first under Brown, with an 8-14 overall record.
“I had a great time this year with all the girls,” Brown said.
“They were a really fun team to coach, they listened in practice and did what I wanted them to do. They had a good sense of respect and love for each other which made it fun.”
The Wolves lose four seniors, starters Christiansen and Haggerty, along with Erica Bower and Carissa Leal.
“It’s a tough class to lose,” Brown said.
Brown said he enjoyed the energy and attitude Bower and Leal brought to the team.
The Sequim coach praised Haggerty — who averaged 14 points and 12 rebounds a game — and Christiansen for their leadership.
“They also did great jobs in holding down some of the better post players we faced,” Brown said.
“They had tough games against us. The two are smart players. I don’t think I can remember a game where they combined for more than four fouls combined.”
Brown said Glasser and Dietzman, along with sophomore Bobbi Sparks, will be important parts of the team next season.
Fife 42, Sequim 38
Sequim 8 11 3 16— 38
Fife 10 14 12 6— 42
Sequim (38) — Christiansen 15, Haggerty 14, Green, Dietzman 4, Glasser 3, Sparks, Armstrong, Bower 2, Shea.
Fife (42) — Willis 9, Ramil, Fietz 6, Hernandez 14, Breyland, Knutsen, Hunter, Morton 2, Sprenger, Wise 8, Yukish 3.