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'Mighty midgets' prevail against Mount Tahoma
While Mike Allen enjoyed a madrigal feast, his South Kitsap High School girls basketball team was busy feasting on the Mount Tahoma Thunderbirds Friday night at the SK gym.
The Wolves edged the T-Birds 59-56 without their coach, who was directing his vocal students at the the third annual Madrigal Feast.
In stepped Mike Hulet, a former assistant coach at SK who stepped down after last season.
Hulet said he was easily coaxed into filling in for Allen for one game.
I miss this, Hulet said. Its wonderful stuff.
It was easy for Hulet to smile. The Wolves won despite the absence of starters Sarah Groves (on a recruiting trip) and Kristin Myles (sore knees).
That gave juniors Sharon Daly (11 points) and Stephanie Robinson (seven points) more time on the floor, and they responded.
It was SKs first win of the season and ended a three-game losing streak.
Now the Wolves hope to build a winning streak with a win at home tonight against Bremerton at 7:45 p.m.
Though only 1-3 on the season, SK could go to 2-1 in the Narrows League with a win against Bremerton.
Hulet said he was pleased with the Wolves fortitude.
The kids played extremely well, and they responded to me well, Hulet said. They didnt quit, they battled and stepped it up.
SKs biggest task was finding a way to slow down Mount Tahoma sophomore Mystic Davis, a powerful 5-foot-10 post player.
Davis finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds, but was held to just six points in the second half.
Trailing 31-26 at halftime, SK came out in the third quarter and outscored Mount Tahoma 15-7 to take a 41-38 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Wolves extended their lead to as many as nine points early in the fourth quarter at 51-42 before the T-Birds went on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to one with under two minutes remaining in the game.
Senior Rebekah Proctor, who finished with nine points, hit a crucial three-point basket, and senior Olivia Bui made a steal and hurled the ball down the court to a wide open Feddock for an easy layup with 1:20 left.
Mount Tahomas Tiffinni Archie hit a key three-pointer to cut the lead to three points with 30 seconds left.
The T-Birds had one more chance to tie the game after Bui missed a free throw.
But Courtney Davis three-point attempt hit the front end of the rim and time expired.
Hulet said Bui and her sister Christina played a huge role in stifling Davis in the second half.
Davis is just a tremendous player and so physically strong, Hulet said. The Bui sisters did a terrific job on her. They played her physical, and I think we wore her out a little bit.
Though SK had the height disadvantage, Olivia Bui, who finished with 10 points, constantly tied Davis up.
We wanted to try and tie them up when they bring (the ball) down, Hulet said. Were the mighty midgets, but if (teams) bring the ball down, were going to scrap and fight any way we can to get the ball.
Feddock also had her coming-out game with a team-high 12 points and 10 rebounds.
With two-fifths of the starting lineup gone, Feddock said she was admittedly tense before the game.
I was nervous with everyone out, Feddock said. I just wanted to go out there and play really hard. We all came together and we shut (Davis) down for the most part.
Proctor said the teams win was more than just the first win of the season.
This is definitely going to boost us out of our slump, Proctor said. (Losing) was very frustrating. We had kind of a hopeless feeling and our team was sort of dead before the game.
Proctor said the game proved to the younger players what they are capable of doing on the court.
It shows we can do well if we put our minds to it, Proctor said.