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Loss leaves SK in tough position
The hope among the South Kitsap boys basketball community was that an inexperienced team would develop consistency.
Coach John Callaghan said early in the season that likely would occur around New Years Day.
But after Wednesdays 48-31 loss at Foss the Wolves lowest scoring output of the season it seems questionable whether they ever will develop that
consistency. After all, theyre 5-4 this month and secured the No. 4 seed in the Narrows League Bridge Division after being swept by Foss.
Our season will be over if we dont play harder than the second half, said Callaghan, whose team was outscored 29-9 in the final 16 minutes by the Falcons.
Regardless, it wont be an easy path for the Wolves.
Even if they beat the Bay Division No. 4 either Mount Tahoma or North Kitsap Friday at Stadium, they must win the following day at Mount Tahoma to earn a district berth.
Of course its frustrating, given whats at stake, junior guard Ivan Rybachuk said. The next game is bigger. We have to come out, execute and play hard.
Callaghan said the Wolves havent done that lately, citing their 66-43 loss Jan. 23 at Gig Harbor.
Sandwiched between the Gig Harbor and Foss games was a 66-45 win Jan. 25 against Wilson.
We had an opportunity the last two games, he said, referring to the losses. Against Gig Harbor, we didnt know the opportunity we had.
South advanced to a school-record six consecutive state playoff tournaments (2001-06) before it missed last season, but face a significant challenge to get back to that point. Even making districts wont be easy, but guard Tionne Curry said he hasnt lost confidence.
Im trying to make it to state, he said. Im trying to fight.
Curry bounces back from big hit: Injuries are supposed to be part of the game, not halftime. But thats what happened to Curry and he acknowledged he was fortunate to avoid a significant injury.
As the players exited to head down to the locker room during the break in a 66-57 win Jan. 17 against North Kitsap, Curry said he pushed a door open before it hit someone standing on the other side. The door then swung back toward Curry, who stepped forward and was hit in the face.
He missed the Wolves 66-43 loss Jan. 19 at Lincoln and underwent dental surgery three days later to repair damage to his teeth. Curry played the next day and scored seven points in the loss at Gig Harbor.
Im feeling better, he said. Its not bothering me much.