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Wolves' flaws exposed in loss

It’s a timeless refrain often repeated by coaches.

Fundamentals win basketball games.

The South Kitsap girls basketball team lacked them in a 39-28 Narrows League loss Wednesday against Olympia.

“Missed opportunities,” South coach Mike Allen said. “We missed 11 shots in the paint in the first half.”

The Wolves (4-8 overall, 2-5 league) actually led for most of the first quarter until Marissa Magalei hit a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left in the period to take a 7-6 lead. She then converted another 3-pointer just before the buzzer to give the Bears a 10-6 advantage into the second quarter.

Olympia coach Louise Webb said the 3-pointers shifted the dynamic of the game.

“I think we came out a little soft in the first quarter,” Webb said. “I told them they were going to get hit.

“The two 3s kind of lifted them.”

That was important for the Bears (8-5, 6-2) in a game where they shot 26 percent from the field. While Olympia’s offense never was dominant, its defense excelled. SK (4-8, 2-5) committed 24 turnovers and shot 23 percent from the field.

“I think our defense is getting really good,” Magalei said. “We have good position on rebounds, which helps avoid giving them second shots.”

Tori Fairweather, who paced the Wolves with seven points, said the Wolves’ effort didn’t help.

“We just started off really dead and I don’t get it,” she said. “We need to get pumped up more.”

The Wolves scored just three points in the second quarter as Olympia took a 18-9 lead into halftime. South never trailed by less than nine points the rest of the game.

Allen sees a confidence issue when the Wolves are on offense. He said the team played well when they started quick in their last win, 55-50 against Auburn on Dec. 29, but struggled in their first two games of the New Year. The Wolves lost 55-37 at Bellarmine Prep on Jan. 4.

“When you start tightening up, that’s reality,” he said. “We made some ridiculous turnovers and started pressing.”

After South won three of its first five games, it now has lost six of its last seven. The Wolves had a 2-17 record last season.

“We hate this feeling and we don’t want to feel this way again,” Fairweather said.

To accomplish that, she said the team needs to focus on converting high-percentage shots and free throws. The Wolves made 10 of 20 free-throw attempts Wednesday.

“We need to put those in,” she said.

It’s back to basics.

Olympia 10 8 10 11 -- 39

South Kitsap 6 3 5 14 -- 28

Olympia--Laura Flynn 2, Marissa Ang 9, Brandi Wolff 0, Brigit Miller 2, Marnie Brown 3, Kelsey Fuik 4, Marrissa Magalei 8, Nicole Mertens 1, Carley Howell 4, Michelle Woodward 5, Olivia Rethwill 1.

South Kitsap--Caitlin Daniels 0, Samantha Gulisao 4, Stephanie Osterdahl 6, Amanda Feeney 0, Maria Jose 0, Ashlee Stoner 0, Chelnesha Thuring 0, Tori Fairweather 7, Angel Sheldon 3, Ashley King 0, Molly Werder 4, Kaileigh Westermann 4.

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