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Wolves win as a team

"When the Tacoma News Tribune listed its pre-season all-area players, the South Kitsap High School girls basketball team took it as a compliment when the newspaper failed to list an SK player.We noticed in the News Tribune it didn't have one player from our team, but that's because we're a team, junior guard Rebekah Proctor said. Our motto this year is 'Together We Attack.' Attack is just what the Wolves did at home Friday night against the Capital Cougars - a team favored to win the Narrows League Bridge Division title.The Wolves (1-0 NL, 3-1 overall) started out sluggish but dominated both ends of the floor in the second half to win, 67-56.SK hopes to continue its winning ways with a league contest at Mount Tahoma tonight at 7:30 p.m.SK trailed 33-32 at halftime and couldn't find a way to stop Capital's super sophomore Alyssa Ferdoszewski, who scored 15 of her 24 points in the first half.But in the second half SK tightened its defense and the offense started to click.The Wolves outscored Capital 19-9 in the third quarter, with junior Sarah Groves hitting two big three pointers to pace the scoring in the quarter.She finished with a team-high 15 points, including three three-pointers. Groves is a good shooter from anywhere and she likes to take people in the post so a lot times kids won't come out and guard her, Allen said. She doesn't look like a shooter but if she's on you just let her roll.Nicole Eggebraten also played an important roll in the third quarter, scoring seven of her 12 points in the quarter.Rachelle Cooper scored 13 points and Proctor added 10 points in another game led by balanced scoring.The team lacked cohesiveness in the first half but Proctor said a peptalk at halftime from SK coach Mike Allen put the team back on track in the second half. Second half we did a lot better, Proctor said. Coach got on us and said we needed to execute because that's what wins games.Allen said he told his team the difference between wins and losses is execution.We execute we win, Allen said. If we don't we're going to lose and I made that pretty clear to them. That's what we did. We executed on both ends of the floor.A majority of buckets were converted off rebounds, which may be the strength of the team.Of SK's 29 rebounds, 13 came from guards.Eggebraten and Groves combined for 11 rebounds and Olivia Bui added three rebounds.We have some great rebounding from our posts but we actually get pretty good rebounding from our guards too, Allen said. Sarah and Olivia both rebound really well and Nicole blocks out great. They work for inside position and we hope we can contain the boards every time.The game also proved to be a coming-out game for Eggebraten.The senior point guard showcased a blend of scoring, leadership, and lack of fear.She's comfortable with (being the leader) and she wants that roll, Allen said. We need somebody to come out and do that and I think she can do it on a regular basis. She's physical enough, she's not afraid of contact, she can take the ball inside, and she's got a good pull-up jumper. She's also really emotional and that gets everybody fired up.Allen said the biggest thing lacking on the team right now is the lack of enthusiasm.He said he has told Eggebraten to try and get her teammates pumped up, and it is starting to work somewhat.It's been hard for us to see kids get excited about a pass, an assist, or a rebound, Allen said. Nicole sees that stuff and she let's them know. "

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