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SK looks to rebound from loss
"Mike Allen said even aspirin couldn't cure him of his headache.The South Kitsap High School girls basketball coach was referring to the frustration he felt during and after the Gig Harbor game Friday night where his Wolves' team lost 59-40 and fell to 10-3 overall, 6-1 in the Narrows League.SK should improve its record tonight when it hosts Lincoln in a Narrows League non-division matchup at 7:30 p.m. A combination of pour execution and bad officiating contributed to SK's demise and Allen's migraine.I don't usually like to comment on officiating, but (the Tides) were getting to the free throw line and we weren't, Allen said. I picked up my first (technical foul) in five years of coaching.Playing without starting post Rachelle Cooper, who was at a volleyball tournament in Arizona, the burden of play was left on junior post Katie Ralph.She was getting banged up, Allen said. She was playing post defense and offense all night long and she was just beat (tired). Without Cooper there really hurt.After the Tides took a 10-point lead into halftime, SK came back to pull within five points, but Gig Harbor's Stephanie Dressel was too strong for the SK defense to stop.She finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds.Dressel is a very improved player, Allen said. We let her do what she wanted.With no post presence on the Wolves' side, the bulk of the scoring was left up to the guards, who didn't perform for the most part.SK junior Sarah Groves poured in 17 points, but no other SK player scored in double figures.Allen said it was a game that his team couldn't even learn from until reviewing videotape of the game.I think we, including myself, were nervous about the game because we were without Cooper and we didn't know what to expect, Allen said. We didn't come away from that learning a lot. I think we have since because we watched the videotape. We're learning now.Allen said the failures against the Tides were a combination of guards using bad judgment on their shot selection and the posts' inability to get open.Within the offense the post players aren't really seeing the ball and the guards are seeing they're mostly sealed very well, Allen said. The guards are taking the first thing that opens up but we need more patience and they need to understand within the offense there are better shots. "