Girls basketball: Wolves beat Bucs, fall to PA

Olympic League standings

(as of Jan. 14)

Team Lg. Over.

Port Angeles 6-0 12-2

North Kitsap 6-1 9-5

Sequim 5-2 8-4

Kingston 3-4 6-8

Olympic 3-4 5-9

North Mason 1-6 8-7

Bremerton 0-7 1-12

Sequim shrugged off a three-game losing streak — including a loss to rival Port Angeles — with a 69-48 rout of Kingston on Jan. 11, sweeping the season series and picking up a key win in the Wolves’ hunt of r a playoff berth.

Jayla Julmist had a double-double with 16 points and 23 rebounds, Hope Glasser had nine points and 13 rebounds, and Jessica Dietzman added 14 points in the win.

Sequim, who also got eight points from Kalli Wiker, jumped out to a 16-8 lead after one quarter but Kingston kept within single digits (31-25) by halftime. The Wolves used a 23-14 third quarter to create separation and go on to victory.

Elle Brockman and Kylee Walker led the host Buccaneers with 15 points each.

“Kingston battled hard, but we made adjustments at halftime and we took off in the third quarter,” Sequim coach Linsay Rapelje said.

“I’m proud of all of the players. Everyone got playing time, and they all played hard until the end of the game, and many of my players worked on things outside of their comfort zone.”

The Wolves saw the return of sophomore Abby Schroeder, who scored six points in her first game back from an ankle injury sustained in a Dec. 10 game against Forks.

Rapelje also credited Bobbi Sparks for her “intense defense” and leadership from Dietzman.

“Overall, this was an exciting and fun game,” Rapelje said.

Sequim fought from behind for most of the game but came up short at rival Port Angeles, 59-50, on Jan. 8.

Madison Cooke led the league-leading Roughriders with 22 points.

Wiker led Sequim with 21 points — including five 3-pointers — while Julmist added eight points, 18 rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks. Glasser finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Roughriders jumped out to a 22-8 lead after one quarter and 31-17 by halftime, but Sequim trimmed the lead to just 41-35 with a minute remaining in the third, thanks to an 8-0 run to start the third quarter.

Wiker had 11 points in the third quarter.

“In the first quarter we were a little shell-shocked for some reason,” Rapelje said.

“I think the girls needed to calm down and at halftime we made some adjustments. And in the second half we came out like the team that we are and played well.”

Cooke, guard Millie Long and forward Jaida Wood took control soon after, however, pushing the Riders’ lead to 53-37 with 4:27 on the game clock.

“I liked our resilience when Sequim started to make a run,” Port Angeles coach Michael Poindexter said.

Port Angeles beat Sequim by 27 points in each of their meetings last season. The Wolves haven’t been within double digits of the Roughriders since their last victory against PA, a 35-33 home win on Jan. 9, 2015.

The teams meet once more in the regular season, a Jan. 31 varsity double-header in Sequim.

Looking ahead

The Wolves were scheduled to host North Mason on Jan. 15 (results were not available at press time); Sequim routed the Bulldogs 56-31 on Dec. 7.

Sequim is at 1A Klahowya in Silverdale for a non-league game on Jan. 16 and Bremerton on Jan. 18 before hosting Lakewood in another non-league game on Jan. 22.

Girls basketball: Wolves beat Bucs, fall to PA