“Short”-handed Wolves defeat NK

Playing with no players taller than 5-9, the South Kitsap High School girls basketball team scrapped its way to a 56-43 win against a bigger North Kitsap team Friday night in a Narrows League Bridge Division matchup.

SK guards Sarah Groves (10 rebounds) and Olivia Bui (nine rebounds) were forced to be the rebounding machines with the absence of posts Kristin Myles (knees) and Jamae Feddock (flu).

Senior post Carly Riggs played limited minutes because of the flu.

SK’s Leah Kendrick took advantage of her minutes on the floor with a career high eight points and seven rebounds.

SK coach Mike Allen said Kendrick’s contribution could be sign of more things to come from the junior.

“She stepped up huge,” Allen said. “She’s super-athletic. Once she gets confidence, she’s going to be tough. Anytime you get a lot of minutes and start to get in the flow, you can gain confidence.”

NK’s Sheena Brundage hovered over her SK defenders and scored six of NK’s first eight points.

But foul trouble and a 2-3 zone defense held Brundage to two points over the final three quarters.

“I’ll give South some credit,” NK coach Dan Weedin said. “We got off to a pretty good start in the first quarter and Sheena did some nice things. Then they went to a 2-3 zone and did a good job defensively on us.”

Though NK had the size advantage, Weedin said once Brundage was out there was no advantage.

NK (0-2, 0-4 overall) trailed 25-23 early in the third quarter, but SK’s Kristi Utter hit a big three pointer to push SK’s lead to five points.

The Wolves went on to score seven of the next nine points to take a 35-25 lead.

SK (2-0, 3-3 overall) scored the first six points in the fourth quarter to extend its lead to 46-31 and led by as much as 17 points midway through the quarter.

“I thought we had a decent shot at halftime and we still had a shot in the fourth quarter, but South is a very good shooting team and they made some nice plays,” Weedin said.

Allen said he told his players before the game the contest would be won on the boards.

“If we were going to win we had to win the battle of the warzone in the paint and I think we won tonight,” he said. “Our guards had to be posts tonight and they did a good job. Sarah (Groves) was our strongest post player, and she’s only 5-8 on a good day.”

North Kitsap 8 13 10 12 -- 43

South Kitsap 7 18 13 16 -- 56

NK--Brenda Stice 4, Sarah Bergman 7, Hailey Koiva 13, Brita Nelson 2, Jessica Bento 2, Jen Otelle 2, Ashley Davis 1, Sheena Brundage 8, Jennifer Harris.

SK--Stephanie Robinson 4, Sarah Groves 11, Rebekah Proctor 3, Kristi Utter 6, Olivia Bui 9, Sharon Daly 13, Leah Kendrick 8.

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