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Pauley, Westermann represent Wolves on All-Kitsap County team

For the South Kitsap girls basketball team, 2006 was a learning experience.

And now two members of a team that placed fifth in the Narrows League Bridge Division and came one win away from making a trip to the league tournament find themselves on the Kitsap News Group’s Third Annual All-Kitsap County basketball team.

The all-county team is made up of eligible players attending schools in Kitsap County, as voted on by the sports editors and writers of the Kitsap News Group family of papers, including the Port Orchard Independent, North Kitsap Herald, Central Kitsap Reporter, Bremerton Patriot and the Bainbridge Island Review.

The team is broken into three distinct groups, a starting five, a bench made up of seven players and an honorable mention from each school.

What started off as an optimistic season turned sour in a hurry as South struggled throughout the year. Even when the Wolves got things together and played well, they seemed to find ways to lose close games, ending the season at 6-14 overall and 5-9 in league.

South senior Sharrisa Pauley and sophomore Kaileigh Westermann were the two Wolves to be voted onto the team. Pauley, who played post for the Wolves, is one of seven players named to the bench while Westermann, also a post, received honorable mention recognition.

2005-06 All-Kitsap County Girls Basketball Team

The Starting Five

• Megan Hoisington, forward, Central Kitsap: The Narrows League girls MVP, Hoisington was an inside force to be reckoned with this season, averaging 13.9 points and 8.3 rebounds a game. The Cougar senior also swatted 1.3 shots a game and had an average of 3.9 steals, proving she can play tough defense as well.

•Â Brittany Gray, forward, Bainbridge: The freshman forward did pretty well in her first year of prep basketball, averaging 13 points and nine rebounds a game. She hopes to be at the forefront of a state run next season.

•Â Jenn Jacobs, guard, Bremerton: An All-Narrows League first-teamer, Jacobs has drawn plenty of attention from NCAA recruiters and led the Knights back to the league tournament this year with a phenomenal 53 percent three-point shooting mark, 20.3 points a game and 2.7 steals in an average contest.

• Shannon White, guard, Olympic: White, at the forefront of the Trojans’ turnaround year, averaged 13.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.65 steals a game. But where she really helped her squad out was in playing smart. White had just 49 turnovers to her 53 steals for a plus-4 turnover ratio, rare in high school hoops.

•Â Jade Niemeyer, post, North Kitsap: The junior averaged 12.3 points, nine rebounds and two steals per game. Halfway through the year she suffered sprains to her wrist and ankle simultaneously in practice which caused her to miss two games. Nonetheless, Niemeyer finished the year with a 20-point performance.

The Bench

• Allie Picha, guard, Bainbridge: The senior was one of the big keys for the Spartans, averaging 10 points and 7 rebounds a game as she helped Bainbridge to its best record ever in the Metro League.

•Â Kayla Bennett, forward, Central Kitsap: Bennett, a transfer from Bremerton, proved to be a key cog in the Cougs 19-0 run to start the year. Averaging 8.6 points and a team-high 8.8 rebounds, Bennett, a senior, also had to battled adversity, including kidney stones that caused her to collapse after one contest.

• Sharrisa Pauley, post, South Kitsap: The senior was one of a few bright spots for the Wolves this season. She led the team in scoring, averaging just over 12 points a game, while being one of the team’s best defenders. Tough inside, Pauley was never afraid to fight for a rebound or loose ball.

•Â Jasmine Hill, forward, North Kitsap: Hill was a rock for the Viking defense and she was equally solid on the offensive end. The senior averaged nearly a double-double with 8.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

• Megan Spence, forward, King’s West: Spence was half of a two-headed monster in the low post for King’s West, carrying the Warriors back to the top of the Sea-Tac League and the state tournament. She scored 19.6 points and averaged 7.8 rebounds per game during the regular season.

• Candace Grettenberger, forward, Bremerton: Grettenberger quietly put up great numbers while opponents keyed in on Jacobs, averaging 10.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

• Chloe Mosey, forward, King’s West: Along with Spence, the 6-footer made teams like North Kitsap and North Mason worry about the little B school on Chico Way in early season contests. Mosey was a powerhouse hitting the boards for 12.9 rebounds a game to add to her 15.3 point average.

Honorable Mentions

•Â Kaileigh Westermann, wing, South Kitsap: Just a sophomore, Westermann is the future of the Wolves’ program. A tough inside player, she averaged 8 points and five rebounds a game for a team that underachieved this year.

• Patricia Lewis, forward, Bremerton: Stats didn’t fully reflect the heart and intensity the undersized post brought to her team. Lighting the Knights’ fire on many occasions, Lewis tallied 6.8 points and 8.5 rebounds a game.

•Â Dacotah Ettl, forward, Central Kitsap: When opponents keyed up on Hoisington inside, Ettl usually made them pay, averaging 8.3 points per game. Ettl led CK with 2.6 assists and had 1.5 steal per game.

•Â Pepper Fanua, post, Olympic: Also one of the top soccer goalies in the Narrows, Fanua showed her versatility by banging on the inside for the Trojans. Scoring 6.6 points and a team-high 5.5 boards per game, Fanua also had 2.25 steals. Just a junior, she’ll be back to help Oly continue its turnaround.

•Â Danya Mares, post, Klahowya: The Eagles were young and inexperienced again this season, but Mares’ fiery intensity on the court exemplified the Eagles’ collective attitude, as neither Mares nor her teammates ever stopped battling no matter how far down they were.

•Â Caitlyn Salo, guard, Bainbridge: The junior made the team go, as she averaged 9 points per game and led the team with 3.5 steals and 4 assists per game.

Coach of the year

•Â Denise Baxter, Central Kitsap: While the Cougs hit a late-season slump, Baxter led the Central Kitsap girls to a 19-0 start that ultimately became a 20-4 season. CK was both the Bridge Division’s highest-scoring team as well as it’s top defense crew, averaging 52 points per game while allowing just 38.3. Baxter’s strength is her defensive strategy, often creating turnovers on the inside despite lacking the size of some teams. But the real test will come next season, when CK loses a number of key seniors.

 

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