SK girls open season with a blowout

"The South Kitsap High School girls basketball team showed its depth against Bremerton in a 90-35 drubbing Tuesday in the season debut for both teams.SK senior wing Kristin Boyd picked up the scoring load for Angela Sampson with 26 points. Sampson was nursing a sore ankle and didn’t suit up.But the absence of Sampson clearly didn’t phase South Kitsap, as four players scored in double figures. Beth Ellis pumped in five three-pointers en route to 17 points, Hannah Proctor added 14 points and Kristen Truax potted 11. “Our kids love to get the ball down the floor,” SK coach Gary Wilson said after his team finished running and gunning, which--to the young Knights, anyway--seemed pretty stunning.The Wolves didn’t necessarily look in mid-season form. But they looked a lot farther along than Bremerton, which introduced in first-year mentor Jim Portune its fourth head coach in four years.“I think a lot of it is that our kids have had the same coaches for a long time,” Wilson said. “The kids understand this system. We have a lot of veterans who know what we want.”What Wilson and staff want is a team that pushes the ball up on offense, can gather points either in transition or in the halfcourt set, and offers constant pressure on defense.It’s the blueprint for what Portune would like to install at Bremerton. Tuesday, the Knights saw how far they have to go--and it usually was whizzing past them in flashes of South Kitsap crimson.“I want to play South Kitsap as many times as I can,” said Portune, whose sophomore-dominated squad committed 30 turnovers and shot a chilly 27 percent (13 for 48) from the field. “I want us to have good opponents like them. We need to see good teams.”The Wolves raced out of the gate with a 16-2 barrage that included three 3-point buckets by Ellis.Later, it was Boyd creating easy buckets with steals and fast breaks. Four of her 11 field goals came after she pilfered the ball and went the other way with it, and a fifth was set up when she swiped a nonchalant Bremerton inbounds pass.Bremerton could only counter with Deadra Smith’s 22 points. The Knights were unable to mount any consistent defense against either the Wolves’ fast break or their halfcourt offense.“Our guards did a good job running things and putting pressure on them out front,” Wilson said. He also praised the inside play of Truax, who was charged with containing the active, physical Smith.“That girl is pretty quick,” Wilson said of Smith. “Kristen did a good job not letting her get the ball, particularly in the first half.”"

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