Girls basketball: Wolves knock off Coupeville in final home game

Olympic League standings (final)

Port Angeles 11-1 17-3

North Kitsap 11-1 16-4

Olympic 7-5 9-11

Kingston 7-5 13-7

Sequim 4-8 8-12

North Mason 2-10 8-12

Bremerton 0-12 0-19

Sequim’s Kyla Armstrong wasn’t about to let one last chance to be on the Wolves’ home floor go by, even if it was late in a non-league game with Sequim holding a commanding lead.

“Coach asked me, ‘You want the last few minutes?’” Armstrong said, spurring the SHS senior to get back on the hardcourt.

Sequim’s three active seniors — Armstrong, Jessica Dominguez and Lindsey North — got ample playing time in a 44-26 rout of Coupeville on Jan. 30 to finish the home slate of their season.

Down 10-9 after one quarter, Sequim went on a 9-0 run after getting back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers from Jessica Dietzman, Bobbi Sparks and Kalli Wiker, combined with a stifling defense that kept Coupeville from scoring the first 4:30 of the second quarter.

Hope Glasser led a balanced Sequim offense with nine points, Wiker had eight and a trio of Wolves — Sparks, Jayla Julmist and Melissa Porter — added six points each.

Julmist added four blocks.

“The fact we could play everyone the whole night (was good),” Sequim coach Larry Brown said. “They played well and contributed. And defensively, we always show up.”

The Wolves aren’t moving on to the postseason, but Armstrong — who scored four points against Coupeville, one of nine Wolves to make a mark in the scorebook — said the season was a successful one, particularly the last few games.

“We definitely had our ups and downs (but) we played and worked really well together,” she said. “They’re just like my family.”

“(Playing basketball) really boosted my confidence, helped me get out of my shell,” Armstrong said. “Even this game was huge for me.”

Sequim’s Wolves (4-8 in Olympic League play, 8-12 overall) finished their season with a 67-42 loss on Feb. 1 at North Kitsap.

The Vikings jumped out to a 15-4 lead after one quarter. Sequim trimmed that lead to 19-15 with some solid play but a Viking run in the second quarter gave NK a 32-18 lead that Sequim couldn’t come back from.

Wiker led Sequim with 10 points while Dietzman and Glasser added nine points each. Julmist scored seven points and Porter chipped in five.

Lauren Weins led North Kitsap with 12 points.

Brown said he liked what he saw from the Wolves despite missing the playoffs, particularly with such a young team; six of SHS’s varsity squad are freshmen or sophomores.

“They’re fun to watch, fun to coach,” Brown said. “They truly care about each other. Our seniors were great leaders.

“We struggle with our inexperience,” Brown said, noting that Sequim seems to be able to put together one good half but fall behind in another.

“In the offseason, they should be at open gyms and the weight room,” the Sequim coach said. “I’d like to see them each add five pounds of muscle; that’s a reasonable goal.”

While he can’t work with the team in the spring, Brown said he expects the squad to play about five tournaments this summer to keep in basketball shape.

Brown said Joe Marvelle of Port Angeles has helped train up his squad with bringing in skilled trainers and hosting basketball camps.

“Every year we want to build off of the last year,” Brown said. “It’s replenish, not replace. Next year’s going to be fun.”

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