South Kitsap falls short in season opener

After playing a relatively strong first half, the South Kitsap High School girls basketball team crashed into a wall in the third quarter and failed to put its parts back together in a 55-53 non-league loss at home against the Kentridge Chargers Thursday night.

Leading 32-27 at the half, SK scored just three points in the third quarter. But Kentridge failed to run away with the game.

Kentridge led by only three points, 38-35, going into the fourth quarter.

The Chargers took advantage of two SK technical fouls and a trio of turnovers to build a 47-38 lead with five minutes remaining in the game.

Despite their woes, the Wolves refused to roll over and die.

Senior Rebekah Proctor started an 11-1 run on a three-point play.

Senior Sarah Groves--who scored a game-high 20 points--followed with her third three-pointer of the game, and Groves stole an errant pass and dished the ball to junior Jamae Feddock for a lay-up.

That cut the Chargers lead to 47-46 with just over three minutes remaining.

Tied 52-52 with 40 second left senior Olivia Bui had a chance to put SK up a bucket with a pair of free throws.

She managed to sink one of two but Kentridge’s Rachel Shillinger hit a jump shot to give Kentridge a one point lead.

On the ensuing possession Feddock was called for travelling and gave Kentridge the ball.

The Chargers’ Sarah Sommerman, who scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, hit one of two free throws to push Kentridge’s lead to 55-53.

With 11 seconds left SK coach Mike Allen called a timeout and set up a play for SK.

Proctor pushed the ball up the court and found Bui on the left baseline for an open 12-footer, but missed.

Bui followed her shot and attempted a second shot but was blocked by Sommerman to end the game.

“We wanted to push it down the floor and drive it down the hole,” Bui said. “They had it plugged.”

The game was marred by mental and physical mistakes.

Mentally, SK and Kentridge combined for 46 turnovers.

SK also sent Chargers players to the free throw line 28 times, and they hit 22 of them compared to SK’s 8 of 22 mark.

Kentridge’s other post, Krystal Robinson (17 points), scored a team-high 17 points, with more than half of her points coming from the foul line.

Allen said many of his players were clearly nervous for the season-opener.

“Most of these girls haven’t played any varsity ball until now,” Allen said. “So they were nervous here in front of the home crowd.”

Kentridge also had a clear height advantage, but that didn’t deter the smaller SK squad.

In fact, SK out-rebounded Kentridge 27 to 23.

Only seven of the 20 rebounds came from SK post players.

“It was nice getting some competition (against a tall team) and we are so small,” Bui said. “ But look at Stephanie Robinson (5-foot-4). She got like 5 rebounds over those huge girls.”

Bui said it was good for the players to get their feet wet against a good team.

“We can’t get worse than this,” Bui said. “We’re only going to get better because every day we’re working our butts off.”

SK travels to Issaquah in a non-league matchup Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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