Like their boy counterparts, Sequim’s girls held a lead at halftime against their rivals from Port Angeles last week, only to see it dissipate quickly.
The visiting Roughriders locked up an Olympic League championship with a 64-55 win at Sequim on Jan. 31, getting 23 points from do-it-all forward Madison Cooke and 14 points from Jaida Wood.
Sequim (8-4 in Olympic League play, 13-6 overall), already locked into the league’s No. 3 seed to districts, got big shots from Kalli Wiker, Jayla Julmist and Hope Glasser, but saw a 28-25 disappear with a 10-0 Roughrider run in a third quarter that saw PA out-score Sequim 28-7.
“We got off to a much better start this time and pulled an exciting lead before the halftime, but Port Angeles (11-1, 17-3) came out strong offensively in the third quarter,” Sequim coach Linsay Rapelje said.
“We fought hard and made a come-back in the fourth quarter, but time ran out.”
Julmist finished with 12 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. Wiker led Sequim with 14 points and Glasser added 10.
Sequim moves on to the West Central District tourney (see box), where they open at Lindbergh on Feb. 7.
“We are looking forward to districts, and this game (against Port Angeles) mentally and physically helped us prepare for it,” Rapelje said.
Sequim’s girls didn’t fare as well as SHS’s boys did against the Trojans in Silverdale on Jan. 29, dropping a 49-45 decision the knocked the Wolves out of a shot at an Olympic League title.
Glasser scored 13 points and Wiker added 11, but Sequim fell behind by 12 points at halftime (25-13) and couldn’t complete the comeback.
“We knew playing at Olympic was going to be tough with them vying for the fourth-place seed at districts,” Rapelje said. “It was a very physical game with little to no fouls being called in the first half, and we struggled to score.”
Sequim out-scored Olympic 20-12 in the final frame.
“We did not give up, though, and my girls fought hard to come back within two points in the last 10 seconds of the game,” Rapelje said.
“Even though it didn’t go our way in the end, I believe we not only learned a lot from this game, but I’m proud of the grit we showed in the end.”