by MATTHEW NASH
After giving up an 18-point lead early last week to North Kitsap, the Lady Wolves (4-3 in league and 8-7 overall) didn’t have any plans to give more leeway on their home hard court.
Sequim followed the narrow 54-50 loss to the Vikings by overpowering Chimacum 42-28 on Jan. 14 and Bremerton 58-26 on Jan. 16.
The wins put the Wolves above .500 and helps keep them in third place in the Olympic League.
“(They learned) never get comfortable,” head coach Evan Still said about his team following the loss.
Versus Bremerton, the Wolves were up big by the end of the first quarter with several players connecting for a 21-3 lead and continued to pile it on in the second against short-handed Knights going up 33-12 by the end of two.
Still said the girls worked on defense in between games.
“We’ve only taken two charges all year,” he said. “Last year, we averaged about one a game. I’ve noticed it a lot. We didn’t get any tonight but we caused a lot of travel calls.”
In the third quarter, Sequim didn’t let up finishing with a 43-17 lead and most starters sitting for the rest of the game. By the fourth quarter, Hailey Lester scored eight points on nearly identical plays driving to the hoop. She finished with 10, leading all scorers.
Kylee Williams led Sequim’s rebounds with five and dished out five assists while Katherine Landoni snagged three steals.
One game prior, the Cowboys took an early one-point lead at the end of the first quarter but the Wolves capitalized on free throw chances to go up 20-17 by half time. From there Sequim took off outscoring Chimacum 22-11 in the second half with Adrienne Haggerty leading all scorers with 10 followed by Victoria Cummins with nine.
Caitlin Stofferahn, Haggerty and Williams all grabbed six rebounds apiece.
Looking ahead, Still said he will continue to emphasize boxing out for rebounds and preventing careless fouls.
“We gave up six or seven and-one’s (a score plus a foul shot) to North Kitsap,” he said.
“Our offense was good tonight (versus Bremerton) but we can’t allow good teams to score multiple times in one possession either.”
This week, the Wolves traveled to league-leading Kingston on Tuesday and host second place Olympic on Friday, Jan. 23.