Wolves revved up for Cougs
June 12, 2008 · Updated 2:07 PM
"Bellarmine may have felt like the biggest game of the year last week, but the South Kitsap High School girls basketball team knows their most important game of the season comes tonight.The Wolves (14-3 overall, 10-1 Narrows League) take on the Capital Cougars in Olympia tonight at 7:30 p.m.A win against Capital (9-2 NL) all but assures SK of first place in the Narrows League Bridge Division, with two games remaining against feeble Mount Tahoma and Stadium.A loss to Capital could complicate things.Barring an upset loss to Mount Tahoma or Stadium, both SK and Capital would end the regular season tied for first place.But the tie would not be easily broken.We really control our own destiny, SK coach Mike Allen said. If we split with Capital a tiebreaker goes down a page long. We would have the same league record, lost to the same common opponent.Allen could only shrug his shoulders and say the final thing I think is a coin flip, but I think we're going to beat Capital.Allen's confidence isn't without merit, having lost only one league game.More importantly, Allen said his players are starting to believe they are a good team.But he won't go further than good right now.We didn't want to peak early and we obviously have not yet, Allen said. Sometimes we as coaches want to wait until state to peak but I think we need to peak and find out what it feels like.SK guard Nicole Eggebraten said Allen has mentally prepared the team to peak at the right time.We're starting to gel and starting to play together as a team, Eggebraten said. It's fun but we're nowhere near our potential yet.In a 13-point win against Bellarmine, Allen said his team played the best ball of the year.In a 25-point win against Peninsula, Allen thought his players could have played well.It's hard to maintain (good basketball) sometimes when you're playing a weaker team, Allen said. But Allen said getting up for tonight's game won't be difficult.I think Capital is a better team than Bellarmine right now because of (Kim) Butler, Allen said of Bellarmine's injured post. Instead of focusing on a certain opponent, Allen said he has stressed the importance of preparing his own team, and he said he's starting to see the rewards of it.We're starting to see the things that start to work, he said. We know where the mistakes are and where the problems are.Eggebraten said the good news is that there isn't one area in the team that need an overhaul.There's not one thing, Eggebraten said. Maybe we need to push the ball more because we're a fast team. It's not that we've done anything really bad. It's just we need to keep improving on everything.Eggebraten said the art of peaking isn't keeping a team down and saving the best for last.It's taking it to the max every single time, she said. Right when we think we've done our best the next game we go out and do better. There's something more. It's reaching inside of ourselves and saying hey, we aren't at our peak yet, there's so much more to accomplish.***The SK boys basketball team finds themselves in a similar predicatment, except their nemisis in the Narrows League Bridge Division is Stadium.Another difference is no team SK will face is feeble.Fresh off a convincing 79-63 win at Peninsula, SK (14-3, 8-3 NL) hosts Capital (3-8 NL) tonight at 7:30 p.m.But SK can't afford to take the cellar-dweller Cougars lightly.Two of SK's three losses in the league this season have come against teams with records below .500.Led by UCLA-bound Michael Fey, SK will have a huge task in shutting down the 6-11 post player.SK coach John Callaghan said if all goes accordingly, the winner of the Bridge Division could come down to the final game of the season--a home contest against Stadium.Stadium currently trails SK by one game. "