Sequim’s girls basketball squad earned a a pair of hard-fought victories last week, including a double-digit comeback against a hot-shooting Kingston squad.
Sequim guard Melissa Porter sank five free throws and scored 15 of her 22 points to go with some tough defense as Sequim emerged with a 66-62 win at Kingston on May 19.
“This game came down to the wire, and although Kingston played hard and well, I’m so proud of my players for finishing strong,” SHS coach Linsay Rapelje said.
The Buccaneers held a 41-30 lead by halftime and 51-40 lead after three quarters before Sequim out-scored their hosts 26-11 in the final frame.
Jelissa Julmist had a big all-around game with 20 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals while older sister Jayla had a double-double with 19 points and 21 rebounds — 15 of those caroms coming on the offensive end. Jayla, a senior, also had four assists, five steals and a block.
Kingston, who shot 78 percent from the field in the first half, was led by Ellee Brockman’s 27 points.
On May 22, Sequim got a strong thirds quarter surge to pull away from Bainbridge, 69-57.
“It was a relatively close game the whole time, but we pulled together in the third quarter and focused on getting the ball into our posts and have our shooters ready,” Rapelje said.
Jayla Julmist had another double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Jelissa Julmist added her own double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Rapelje credited Porter, Hannah Bates and Kalli Wiker with strong defense. Porter had six assists and three steals while Bates and Wiker scored 13 points apiece.
Freshman Jolene Vaara added five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
“Our bench was super loud and everyone played,” Rapelje said.
Sequim added an 85-35 victory at home over North Mason, routing the Bulldogs to the tune of a 34-point (50-16) lead by halftime.
Jayla Julmist came within three assists of a triple-double against North Mason, racking up 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven dimes. Porter paced all scorers with 21 points and added five rebounds, two assists and a block.
“Melissa Porter was all over the court with her tenacious defense,” Rapelje said.
Jelissa Julmist had nine points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals while Bates chipped in nine points, three assists and three steals. Off the bench, Vaara had another big all-around game with seven points, five steals, three blocks and five rebounds.
“What a great team win,” Rapelje said.
The Wolves were scheduled to host Klahowya on May 25; details were not available at press time.
Sequim hosts Bremerton on May 27 and is at Central Kitsap on June 2 before finishing the regular season with a June 4 home match-up with Olympic.