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Girls basketball: Wolves rout Stadium, await Bellarmine Prep
The temptation to look ahead was too great.
After all, South Kitsap plays at 7 p.m. Friday at Bellarmine Prep, which is ranked among the top three Class 4A girls basketball teams by several media outlets.
Coach Mark Lutzenhiser admitted that his team might have done that a few times during its 46-18 win Wednesday night against Stadium.
“It’s hard not to look ahead a little,” he said. “There may have been a little bit of that.”
The Wolves (14-2 overall, 8-2 league) took a 16-0 lead before the Tigers finally scored when Angela Yun split a pair of free throws with 31 seconds left in the first quarter. But Stadium (2-11, 1-8) reduced its deficit to single digits late in the first half before senior forward Dana Goularte scored on consecutive possessions.
That gave South a 26-13 lead at the intermission — an advantage that would remain in double figures for the rest of the game.
“We were just trying new groups and seeing what works and what doesn’t,” said South junior guard Jackie Steiger, who scored a game-high 18 points.
Lutzenhiser said in addition to thoughts of playing the Lions (14-2, 10-0), his frequent substitutions even early to balance minutes as much as possible might have been disruptive to his team’s consistency. Senior forward Jodi Bowe has missed most of the season with a back injury — Lutzenhiser hopes she can return for the playoffs — but he wanted to use the opportunity to get a pair of forwards, senior Jen Hale and junior Maile Keanu, playing time.
“We wanted to give them some minutes because we’re going to need them later on,” he said. “We need to keep their legs fresh.”
Maybe as soon as Friday. The Wolves struggled against Bellarmine’s relentless full-court press as they turned the ball over 16 times during the first half en route to a 57-35 loss on Jan. 5.
“We need to come out stronger and don’t be afraid of the pressure,” Steiger said. “I think we played a little timid the first time we played them. We hadn’t seen that pressure before.”
One difference is that South will have senior point guard Kelsey Callaghan for that game. The reigning Bridge Division MVP sat out the first contest between the teams because of a knee injury.
Even with Callaghan, Lutzenhiser said his team will have to play one of its best games to upset the Lions.
“They might be the best team in the state,” he said. “Bellarmine has a lot of weapons and they’re tough on defense. It will be a test for us.”
At South Kitsap 46, Stadium 18
Stadium 3 10 2 3 — 18
South Kitsap 16 10 15 5 — 46
Stadium-M’Lis Cleary 2, Nicole Williams 4, Gheai Scott 0, Carli Hallis 2, Lizzie Menefee 0, Angela Yun 3, Stephanie Brown 0, Sarah Christiansen 0, Tina Atonio 7.
South Kitsap-Kelsey Callaghan 6, Amy Bakalarski 0, Ali Davis 2, Angela Romonsky 2, Carly Bakalarski 5, Jackie Steiger 18, Taylor Sunkel 8, Maile Keanu 0, Dana Goularte 4, Jen Hale 1.
At South Kitsap 55, Gig Harbor 41
Gig Harbor 9 10 9 13 — 41
South Kitsap 11 13 16 15 — 55
Gig Harbor-DeWalt 4, Buzar 10, Smith 6, Davis 6, Bainvalu 13, DePaul 2, Mikami 0.
South Kitsap-Kelsey Callaghan 9, Amy Bakalarski 0, Ali Davis 10, Angela Romonsky 6, Carly Bakalarski 0, Jackie Steiger 15, Taylor Sunkel 10, Maile Keanu 0, Dana Goularte 5, Jen Hale 0.
South Kitsap 57, at Olympia 54
South Kitsap 9 11 17 20 — 57
Olympia 13 15 9 17 — 54
South Kitsap-Kelsey Callaghan 21, Ali Davis 7, Angela Romonsky 11, Carly Bakalarski 0, Jackie Steiger 3, Taylor Sunkel 6, Maile Keanu 3, Dana Goularte 6, Jen Hale 0.
Olympia-Sherman 10, Bassett 0, Fettig 10, Rethwill 13, Spiller 10, Briggs 11, Herseth 0, Schmidt 0.