SK comes back to top Gig Harbor

Mike Allen can’t remember the last time the South Kitsap High School girls basketball team won a third-quarter prior to home game against Gig Harbor Wednesday night at the SK gym.

Down 13 points at halftime, the Wolves uncharacteristically came out on fire with a 23-10 third quarter to tie the game at 45.

They carried a 15-1 run into the fourth quarter to increase their lead to 54-46 with 4:49 remaining be-fore Gig Harbor stormed back to pull within one point (56-55) with a minute left.

Gig Harbor had a chance to take a lead but SK sophomore Leah Kendrick grabbed a rebound off a missed Nikki Scott layup with 13 seconds left and was immediately fouled.

Kendrick, who was five for five from the free-throw line, sank both to give SK a 58-55 lead.

Gig Harbor’s Avery Green launched a long three-pointer but it bounced off the back of the rim.

Allen said the third quarter was clearly the pivotal point in the game.

“All the games, the third quarter has been our enemy,” he said. “We’ve scored 40 percent less in the third quarter than any other quarter. It was huge, and we knew we needed to have it.”

After allowing Gig Harbor to bomb six three-pointers in the first half, SK held the Tides to one in the second half.

SK seniors Sarah Groves, Olivia Bui and Rebekah Proctor tightened the reigns on defense in the third quarter and it translated into a half dozen transition buckets.

Allen said the difference in the second half was his team’s defense.

“We just needed to play defense, and once our defense got going we got some transition baskets,” he said.

Heading into last night’s game at Olympic, the Wolves were one game behind third-place Gig Harbor with two games remaining.

Now one game remains.

If SK won last night third place will be determined when it plays at Central Kitsap Wednesday. Results were unavailable at press time.

Allen said defeating Gig Harbor was a step in the right direction.

“It’s big for us because we know we need to move up in the standings,” he said. “We’re treating every game like it’s a playoff game. We’ll just go after it like it’s our last game.

Kendrick led all SK players with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Sarah Groves added 13 points and nine rebounds, and Proctor chipped in 10 points.

Bui and Loni Tostenrude each added eight points.

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