Despite an early-season coaching change, Sequim’s girls basketball squad is on quite a roll.
The Wolves improved to 5-0 Monday night — the most wins to start a season in at least 20 years— after an 81-25 rout of the visiting 1A Forks Spartans.
Hope Glasser had her fourth consecutive double-double 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists and Jayla Julmist added 12 points and 11 rebounds, as Sequim jumped out to a 21-7 lead after one quarter and 41-16 by halftime.
The Wolves forced 23 Spartan turnovers in the first half to take control.
“The girls are amazing, so fun to watch,” Rapelje said.
“I can put anyone on (the floor) and they’re able to shoot the ball, drive to the hoop, play defense,” she said. “There’s so much to work with.”
Jessica Dietzman had 10 points and six steals and Melissa Porter added 13 points for Sequim, who wound up forcing 37 turnovers overall and allowing the Spartans just 22 shot attempts from the field.
The Wolves were on target Monday night, shooting 11-of-22 from 3-point range.
Rian Peters led Forks with 14 points; Kray Horton added six points and eight rebounds.
Rapelje, who coached the Wolves in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, was named to the coaching position after Larry Brown resigned his role after on Dec. 5.
With Rapelje on the bench that night against Kingston, the Wolves opened their Olympic League schedule with a 79-36 win.
Glasser put up 21 points and 19 rebounds and Julmist added 13 points and 20 boards. Dietzman chipped in 12 points and five steals in the win, and freshman Riley Pyeatt had eight points.
The Wolves led 18-9 after one quarter and 38-19 by halftime.
Rapelje said she was pleased the Wolves only turned the ball over 10 times.
On Dec. 7, the Wolves got off to a slow start offensively but their shots started to fall in the second quarter, and Sequim’s defense was key in a 56-31 road win at North Mason.
Glasser had 12 points and 14 rebounds while Porter had 12 points and Julmist totalled nine points and 12 rebounds.
Abby Schroeder (six steals) and Dietzman (five steals) were active defensively for Sequim.
“We struggled early on in to make our free throws and easy baskets, but the girls persevered and got into a flow in the second quarter,” Rapelje said.
“Although we led from the second quarter on, North Mason is a good, athletic team, who could have easily come back. Our intensity and defense through all four quarters was solid, though, and won us this game.”
North Mason up 9-8 after one quarter but Sequim surged ahead to a 26-17 lead by halftime.
The last time Sequim’s girls basketball team started a season 4-0 was in 2004-2005 — Rapelje’s first season as head coach.
Sequim was scheduled to host Bremerton on Dec. 11 — results were not available at press time.
The Wolves are at Klahowya on Dec. 14. Sequim hosts a boys-girls double-header against North Kitsap on Tuesday, Dec. 18, with the girls tipping off at 5:45 p.m. and boys at 7:15 p.m.
Sequim is at 2B Crosspoint (Silverdale) on Dec. 19 before hosting the Olympic Trojans on Dec.21.