Wolves call it a season

"A state trophy eluded the South Kitsap High School girls basketball team after losing to Decatur 38-31 at the 4A state tournament in the Tacoma Dome Friday.But it wasn't the trophy that saddened the girls as much as the reality they would never play together again.Seniors Angela Sampson, Kristin Boyd, Kristen Truax, Hannah Proctor, Beth Ellis, Stacie Benton donned an SK uniform for the last time in the season-ending loss.They collectively agreed it was sad to have the season end, but after getting their emotions out in the lockeroom following the loss to Decatur, the girls talked of moving on with their life.Yeah I'm sad because I'm not going to play with everybody again, but now I'm just relaxing and going on with my life, Sampson said. (I'm) moving on and it feels good, Boyd said. I'm think I'm going to go to Olympic College and then transfer to UW and just move on with my life, Benton said. You can't prolong it (basketball career).The seniors also talked of the accomplishment of getting back to state.For some like Sampson, Benton, and Boyd, going to state in high school was all they knew.Not many people can say they've been to state three years in a row, Sampson said.Benton echoed those words, saying she was glad to get the opportunity to not only play all three years but to get to state those three years, too.Boyd said she was thankful to the coaching staff for stepping in after Gary Wilson resigned two games into the season.I think we had an awesome team and what the coaching staff did to come in and help us out is, like, amazing, Boyd said. That was awesome in so many different ways. They didn't have to take the time out of their lives, and the fact that they showed that much dedication for us made us work harder at our goal to come back to state, which we achieved.Despite the good season, the loss against a Decatur team, which SK had defeated by 13 points at districts this year, wasn't the way the Wolves' players wanted to end their career.SK also had to play the game without Boyd, who was the most valuable defender on the team.We have no one that can do what she does, SK coach Doug Green said. It was tough not having her today and just her floor leadership.The Wolves managed only 14 points in the first half, yet found themselves three points away from tying the score after going on an 11-2 run in the fourth quarter.But, like the majority of the game, no shots would go down.SK made just 11 of 38 shots. The Wolves also got out-rebounded 41-28, including 17-7 on the offensive boards.I don't know what was wrong, Sampson said of the team's shooting woes. I think there was a lid on the basket.Green said he only wished the team could have extended the season one more day.We got the cake this season but we didn't get it iced, he said. We didn't execute. They (Decatur) were flat a couple times but we couldn't get our offense going and the ball wouldn't drop.Green conceded the game was probably over at halftime.It's tough to score 14 points at half and then win a ball game, he said. Green said he was thankful to the players for giving him a wonderful experience.It's been a great ride, he said. Three months and one day of craziness but gosh what wonderful craziness. The kids worked hard and the coaches worked hard. We were just one step away from some hardware."

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