Girls basketball: Wolves win big in hardcourt return

With a pair of wins against league foes, Sequim came out of the winter break with some momentum heading into a Jan. 11 clash with rival Port Angeles.

On Jan. 7, Sequim doubled up Kingston’s Buccaneers in the second half (32-16) to sail past Kingston 60-40 at home.

Sequim led by just four at halftime (28-24) after getting out-scored 15-12 in the first quarter.

“We came out very flat in the first half against Kingston … and our defense was suspect,” Wolves’ coach Joclin Julmist said.

“We played better defense in the second half. Jolene (Vaara) did a great job on their best player (Ellee Brockman) and the other girls did a great job of helping out.”

SHS point guard Hannah Bates scored 13 points and helped Sequim cut down on turnovers — a season-low six.

Julmist said Hannah Wagner gave the Wolves a spark off the bench in her first game back from injury.

“Taryn Johnson played her first game tonight and played very well on both sides of the ball,” he said.

Jelissa Julmist led Sequim with 16 points.

“Jelissa had a good game but we need her to play better and be in the moment,” Joclin Julmist said.

Toppling the Trojans

Sequim team got double figures from five players in the Wolves’ highest-scoring game of the year on Jan. 8, an 83-37 win at Olympic.

Despite the 83 points, Joclin Julmist said the team had some struggles offensively.

“We won and played a pretty good game,” he said.

“The girls played very well on the defensive side of the ball but struggled to put the ball into the basket. Jolene (Vaara) and the Hannahs (Bates and Wagner) set the tone and the rest of the team followed.”

Vaara had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Jelissa Julmist also had a double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Bates had 15 points, four assists and six steals, while Wagner had 12 points and six rebounds. Johnson had her best game of the year so far with 14 points and six steals.

The Wolves were slated to host rival Port Angeles on Jan. 11, a match-up of two of the top teams in the Olympic League. The teams were a combined 11-0 in league games and 13-5 overall.

Coming up

Sequim plays at Bainbridge on Jan. 13 at Mount Vernon on Jan. 14 and at Bellevue on Jan. 17. The Wolves are back home Jan. 18 to host Bremerton.