After a week of working to get ahead of .500, the Lady Wolves dropped two to the Olympic League’s best.
Sequim (4-5 in league and 8-9 overall) traveled to first-place Kingston (9-0 in league) on Tuesday, Jan. 20, for a lop-sided 61-29 loss to the Buccaneers. For their final home game of the season, the Wolves hosted the second-place Olympic Trojans (8-1) for a 52-40 loss.
Sequim coach Evan Still said following tough losses, the girls tend to lean on each other.
“We haven’t had the consistency that we were expecting this year and I know that it has been a little frustrating for us, but our girls do a great job of looking to the next game and I think that helps a lot,” he said.
The losses place Sequim into a tie for third with North Kitsap (4-5, 8-7) who they face next week in the Wolves’ final game of the season on Feb. 3.
Taking on Kingston
Against the Buccaneers, Sequim couldn’t make up an early deficit led by Skyler Bakken who scored 17 and Katelyn Carper with 12 in the game.
At the end of the first quarter, the Wolves were overrun 15-3 and finished the half down 32-12. They only scored double digits in the third quarter (12) and the Buccaneers scored 15 extending their lead to 47-24 at the end of three.
Sophomore Adrienne Haggerty led Sequim in scoring with 9 points and 12 rebounds followed by Victoria Cummins with seven points and Hailey Lester with six boards.
Against the Trojans, the Wolves kept things a little closer at home despite a slow start.
Olympic opened the game up 7-3 at the end of one but Sequim stepped up its scoring to cut the lead to 20-18 at half time.
Still said the Wolves were getting great shots but weren’t converting.
“We missed 13 shots from five feet and in against Olympic,” he said. “That’s a lot of points that are being left out there.”
Olivia Williams paced the Trojans with 26 points and helped Olympic score 32 second half points over Sequim’s 22.
Caitlin Stofferahn led the Wolves with 14 points and Elise Beuke (six points) grabbed seven rebounds.
Earlier in the season Kingston defeated the Wolves in Sequim 61-35 on Dec. 17 and Olympic won at home 40-31 on Dec. 19.
With three games left, Still said the girls will continue to work on defensive rebounding, cutting down on turnovers (the team averages 20 a game).
“Those two things together are a recipe for a tough game and a tough season,” he said.
This week, the Wolves are at North Mason (1-7) on Tuesday and head to Port Angeles on Friday (3-5). They finish the season in North Kitsap (4-5) on Feb. 3. Districts begin Feb. 11.
Still said he looks to his seniors including Cummins, Caitlin Stofferahn and Elise Beuke, to lead the girls on the court these last few games.
He said Cummins has been solid all season and wants her to keep it up while he looks to Stofferahn to stay aggressive on defense and confident on offense. Beuke is a force inside on defense, he said, and looks for her to convert a few more shots around the basket on offense.
Still also wants guard Kylee Williams to jumpstart her offense.
“If we can find a way to get her going, watch out,” he said. “She already does a lot of good things for us (as the team’s second leading rebounder and third leader in assists).”
Another x-factor for the Wolves will be how much Haggerty gets the ball and converts around the basket.
“She finishes and rebounds extremely well,” Still said. “We are looking to her to step up and be more aggressive on offense.”
Olympic League standings
(as of Jan. 25)
Team Lg. Over.
Kingston 9-0 14-1
Olympic 8-1 12-4
Sequim 4-5 8-9
North Kitsap 4-5 8-7
Port Angeles 3-5 7-9
North Mason 1-7 6-10
Bremerton 1-7 6-10