Already off to a rocky start thanks to a spate of injuries, Peninsula’s women’s basketball squad saw a tough test in its conference season opener on Saturday.
The visting Everett Trojans, ranked No. 7 in the NWAC in the most recent coaches poll, relled off a 9-0 run to close the first quarter and rolled to an 88-55 win over the host Pirates on Jan. 13.
Alexis Biggerstaff scored 14 points and teammate Uju Chibuogwu had 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the visiting Trojans (2-0 in conference play, 13-3 overall) to a win.
Jamellia Clark led the Pirates with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Ashlynn Sharp added 12 points and eight boards.
Tiffany Smith had five steals and Jocelyn Moore added eight rebounds.
Everett held the Pirates to just 19 of 69 shooting (27.5 percent) from the field, including 5 of 27 from 3-point range.
It was the second conference game for Everett but just the first for Peninsula. A Jan. 10 PC match-up with Shoreline never materialized after Shoreline officials decided to suspend their women’s basketball program based on low participation and a multitude of injuries, according to the college’s athletic department.
The Pirates play five of their next six games on the road: at Olympic (Bremerton) on Jan. 17, Bellevue on Jan. 20, Edmonds on Jan. 27, Whatcom (Bellingham) on Jan. 31 and Everett on Feb. 10. The exception is a Jan. 24 home date versus Skagit Valley.