Only a top-ranked team riding a 15-game win streak has found a way to upend these Wolves.
In a match-up of the two of the best small school girls basketball squads, the No. 1-ranked 1B Neah Bay Red Devils topped the class 2A No. 2-ranked Sequim squad, 70-55, on Feb. 7.
“They were lights out tonight,” Sequim coach Joclin Julmist said of Neah Bay’s team.
“They made everything they put up tonight; [a] great win for their kids.
“We struggled on the defensive side tonight, but the girls never gave up.”
The Wolves (14-0 in Olympic League play, 18-1 overall), playing without its top scorer Jolene Vaara, got 20 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and a pair of blocks from star post Jelissa Julmist.
Hannah Bates had 11 points and four assists, and Sammie Bacon added six points, five rebounds and five assists in the loss.
Joclin Julmist praised Libby Turella for quality minutes played; she sank a pair of 3-pointers and finished with six points.
Sequim was hurt by a couple of fouls and technical fouls in the first half. The Red Devils’ Allie Greene had a rare five-point play when she hit a bucket and was fouled, then a technical was called on Sequim. Greene made three straight free throws to go with her basket to open up a 17-12 Neah Bay lead.
In the second quarter, a second technical was called on Sequim after a foul call. Amber Swan and Greene made four straight free throws to give Neah Bay a 33-21 lead. The Wolves never got closer than eight points after that sequence.
The Red Devils went into the break with a 44-34 lead after Sequim’s Jelissa Julmist hit a shot at the halftime buzzer. They allowed just 21 Sequim points in the second half.
Neah Bay was great from the line with Greene shooting 5-for-5 from the charity stripe, with Greene taking her free throws from 17 feet out. The team as a whole shot 12-for-15 on its free throws.
Greene led Neah Bay with 21 points and seven rebounds. Ryana Moss scored 17 to go with seven rebounds. Amber Swan made two 3-pointers and scored 16. Angel Hattunen scored eight.
The Red Devils finished the regular season with a 16-1 record, including wins over 2A teams from Sequim, Port Angeles and Kingston and a win over Pacific 2B League co-champion Forks.
Their one loss was to Sequim in early December, when Neah Bay only had six players available.
Sequim was scheduled to open the West Central District tournament with a home game on Feb. 14; results were not available at press time.
The Wolves, along with 15 other teams from the Olympic League, South Puget Sound League and KingCo, vie for six berths to the state 2A tourney at the double-elimination district tournament.