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It wasn't pretty, but it worked

It’s not often a team shoots 22 percent from the field. It’s even more unusual to shoot 22 percent and win.

But thanks to an offense that was able to draw fouls in the low-post and a defense that kept Wilson’s offense off-balanced, the South Kitsap girls basketball remained undefeated at home with a 40-28 win Wednesday against the Rams in Narrows League Bridge Division play.

Until the fourth quarter, it wasn’t as easy as the final score indicated. South never led during the first half and trailed 18-15 at the intermission. South coach Mike Allen said his team had a different mentality after the break.

“We were lethargic, turning the ball over and not making inside shots and free throws,” he said. “It was horrible and embarrassing. I had a little fiery speech and off we went. It worked.”

While the Wolves improved in the second half, Wilson (0-5 overall, 0-2 league) never could put South away.

The Rams connected on just 11 of 46 shots (23.9 percent) and missed all 13 3-pointers it attempted.

“Some were four or five feet outside the three-point line,” Allen said. “Some of those, there’s no way we’re coming out there (to guard).”

Andrea Kaeka, who South coach Mike Allen said “really hurt us last year when we played them,” was limited to just six points.

“Tori (Fairweather) did a great job defensively on her,” said Allen, adding that her defense forced Kaeka into some 3-pointers as the shot clock was about to expire.

Those factors helped the Wolves (3-2, 2-0) stick around and eventually take the lead when Jessica Jordan hit a shot and was fouled.

She converted the three-point play to give SK a 20-18 advantage with 7 minutes, 17 seconds left in the third quarter. The Rams later tied the score, but never led again.

“That was a pretty crucial turning point in the game, along with the halftime talk,” Jordan said. “We realized that we had to step it up. We don’t want to have another 2-17 season.”

South led 30-24 entering the fourth period and kept the Rams at a distance with its post play. Behind 6-foot-1 junior Stephanie Osterdahl, who scored all of her six points on 10 free-throw attempts, the Wolves converted 18 of 30 free throws.

Meanwhile, Wilson was 6 of 14 from the line.

“I think we passed the ball from the perimeter to the post better than we have the last couple of games,” Allen said.

The Wolves now have won more games than they did last season when they finished 2-17 overall and 1-13 in league play. Allen said he likes the team’s progress, but the Wolves still have to play better to be competitive in league play.

“We still haven’t played a full game and we need to get consistent,” he said. “It’s good to have a half like that so they can see what they can do.”

Wilson 8 10 6 4 — 28

South Kitsap 5 10 15 10 — 40

Wilson--Ricki Williams 0, Andrea Kaeka 6, Alycia Kaeka 2, Caitlen Kay 0, Katie O’Brien 4, Brandy Johnson 12, Natosha Jackson 0, Nyesha Jones 2, Abbie Maenhout 2, Jessie Barnett 0, My’Lissa Young 0.

South Kitsap--Caitlin Daniels 3, Samantha Gulisao 1, Stephanie Osterdahl 6, Amanda Feeney 0, Maria Jose 0, Ashlee Stoner 0, Chelnesha Thuring 0, Tori Fairweather 9, Jessica Jordan 6, Angel Sheldon 6, Ashley King 0, Molly Werder 4, Kaileigh Westermann 5.

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