The one team that gave powerhouse Port Angeles a scare this season will get a second chance.
Sequim’s girls basketball squad powered its way through its two postseason games on June 5 and June 7 to set up n Olympic League final at Port Angeles on June 9.
The Wolves, riding an eight-game winning streak into the postseason, picked up where they left off with a 66-17 rout of Bainbridge Island on June 5.
Sequim built a 48-8 lead by halftime and cruised to the win — a far cry from the 69-57 SHS win from earlier this season.
“Last game we really didn’t get into a groove (but in) this game we were just on, together, offensively and defensively,” Sequim coach Linsay Rapelje said. “Once we were up a little bit, they were defeated.”
Jayla Julmist, who played the first half but just a few seconds in the second half to nurse an injured knee, still managed 12 points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks, while sister Jelissa added 12 points and six rebounds.
Melissa Porter led all scorers with 23 points to out-score the Spartans on her own.
Port had always been a talented player, Rapelje, but the Sequim coach said the senior has taken it to a new level this season.
“I think she just realized at some point how good she is,” Rapelje said of Porter.
Hanna Bates had eight assists, several coming on long passes to a streaking Porter.
“Her court awareness, she’s like a real point guard; she’s always had that” Rapelje said of Bates.
Jolene Vaara and Amanda Weller were sparks off of the bench, the Sequim coach said, with Weller pulling down eight rebounds and Vaara contributing three rebounds, three assists, three steals and five blocks.
Sequim (11-1) followed with a 70-61 home win over Kingston in the league tourney semifinal on June 7.
Bates earned Rapelje’s player of the game honors with six points, six assists, seven steals and four rebounds. Jayla Julmist posted another double-double with 17 points and 20 rebounds, and Jelissa Julmist added 16 points and seven rebounds.
Porter had a ton of deflections, Rapelje noted, and attacked the hoop offensively for 16 points. The Sequim coach also had high praise for defense provided by Vaara (five rebounds, four steals) and Wiker (five rebounds, three steals).
The win set up a rematch this Wednesday at Port Angeles. The Roughriders (14-0), who knocked off North Kitsap 59-17, have routed opponents this season by an average win margin of 43 points. Sequim gave the Riders their toughest challenge, however, keeping the score tied through three quarters before falling to Port Angeles 67-58 on May 12.
Strong season closing
Sequim picked up a couple big wins to get momentum for the postseason, edging Central Kitsap 49-39 on June 2, and clobbering Olympic 71-39 on June 4.
“We struggled with finishing our shots this game … (and) we were also in early foul trouble and had to make adjustments to the calls,” Rapelje said following the CK match-up.
“Midway through the third quarter, I told the girls in a timeout that this game was all mental and they needed to dig deep and focus on the things they could control like tough defense and getting the boards. And they did.”
Jayla Julmist had 13 of her 17 points in the second half and added 12 rebounds, two steals and two assists. Jelissa Julmist, Rapelje’s player of the game, had great help defense and her own double-double with 11 points and 14 boards to go with four assists and three steals.
Porter had 15 points, four assists and four steals, and Bates “played great defense and extremely well with such tight coverage all game,” Rapelje said.
Kalli Wiker was in the spotlight two days later, racking up nine 3-pointers that broke the school record — held by Wiker herself and Art Green, now the SHS boys’ junior varsity coach — on the way to a 30-point night. She added 10 rebounds and six assists to the effort.
Porter’s tough defense and fast breaking gave her 17 points while Jayla Julmist added eight points and 11 rebounds in limited time. Jelissa Julmist added seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks wile Vaara added six rebounds, three steals and two blocks to pace the defense.