Sequim ‘s girls picked up two big wins last week, taking out the Kings Knights on Jan. 29 before beating the North Kitsap Vikings for the second time this season on Jan. 31.
Kalli Wiker tied the school record for 3-pointers made in a single game for the second time this season, hitting eight long-range shots against the Vikings in the Wolves’ 78-49 win.
Wiker, who equalled Art Green’s school mark in an 80-41 rout of North Mason on Dec. 13, sank four 3-pointers in the first half against the Vikings. With Wiker sitting on six threes made and teammates on the bench jumping up in excitement each time she took a shot from beyond the 3-point line, her on-the-court teammates began looking for her in the game’s final minutes. She hit her eighth with three minutes left, but by that point North Kitsap began guarding her more aggressively.
Wiker managed to get a few more shots off, but under much more pressure and never quite got the look she needed to break the record.
“I’m feeling really good,” Wiker said. “I’m a little disappointed I didn’t get (the record) tonight, but I’m happy with my performance and I know I can get it eventually.”
“She’s going to get it some day,” said Green, who set the school record in 1991 and currently serves as an assistant coach with the SHS boys basketball team.
“She is such a good shooter, and I’ll be glad to see her get it.”
Despite missing the record, Wiker scored 27 points on the night, her second-highest total of the season.
Freshman Hannah Bates scored a season-high 16 points with defense that head coach Linsay Rapelje called “intense,” drawing praise for her work off the bench alongside Hannah Wagner, Riley Pyeatt and LeeAnn Raney.
“Hannah was looking for her shot; she’s a spark at both ends (of the court),” Rapelje said. “She had a great game, and she was playing so well she stayed in more because of that.”
Hope Glasser added 13 points with eight rebounds, two steals and a block, while Jessica Dietzman scored five points with seven rebounds, three assists and a steal.
The two were given Senior Night honors after the game alongside the boys team seniors and senior cheerleaders.
Downing the Knights
That win over North Kitsap came two days after the Wolves earned a 60-52, non-league win over the visiting Kings Knights, a 1A powerhouse that have beaten multiple 3A and 4A teams this season — including an Edmonds-Woodway team that beat Sequim during winter break.
“The beginning of this game was very different,” Rapelje said. “We had to make a lot of adjustments to facing a team that tall and physical, but we’re going to be facing teams like that in the playoffs. We did a good job of figuring it out and finding a way to make it work.”
The game was an intense, back-and-forth slug-fest, with neither team managing to pull more than a few points away from the other for long. It wasn’t until the last few minutes of the game when the Wolves were able to hit key buckets and get the defensive stops to pad out a lead. Sequim edged ahead 49-48 with 3:27 left, keying a 10-0 run over the next two minutes to secure the win.
Glasser was a big part of the Wolves’ performance on the night, with 10 points and five assists alongside three steals and a block on the defensive end of the court.
“That was my dad,” Glasser said of her defensive performance, referring to SHS boys basketball head coach Greg Glasser. “He’s always getting on me to anticipate and have good positioning, and that paid off tonight.”
Hope Glasser also praised the overall team performance, saying that she and her teammates are doing a better job of moving the ball around and reversing the direction of an offensive play. She said the Wolves responded well to playing a team that was physically larger and stronger than any they’d faced this season.
The win also featured the return of Jayla Julmist to the lineup after missing two weeks of action with a knee injury suffered against Port Angeles on Jan. 14. Julmist scored seven points with eight rebounds and three blocks while playing less minutes than she normally does.
Rapelje said she was happy with Julmist’s ability to step up when needed despite working her way back from the injury, hitting a rare 3-pointer to start that late scoring run that gave the Wolves the lead.
“I was really happy with how she played,” Rapelje said of Julmist. “She wasn’t in tip-top shape, but I was able to use her late in the game when we needed her and she responded really well.”
The Wolves were scheduled to play their final regular season home game of the season on Feb. 4 against the Olympic Trojans; results were not available at press time.
Their final regular season game will be played on Feb. 6 on the road against the Port Angeles Roughriders at 5:30 p.m. If the Wolves beat both the Trojans and the Roughriders and PA beat Bremerton on Feb. 4, the two teams would have to play a tiebreaker for the Olympic League’s top seed in the district tournament that had not yet been scheduled at press time.
No matter the result, the Wolves will be part of the West Central District 3 tournament, which is scheduled to run between Feb. 12-22. If they win two games in the district tournament, the Wolves qualify for the 2A state tournament, scheduled to begin Feb. 28.