SK lives to play another game

With its back against the wall and needing two wins to earn the final district berth, the South Kitsap High School girls basketball team came one game closer to achieving that goal with a 58-33 win against Wilson at Bellarmine High School Wednesday night.

All that stands in the way of a berth into the West Central District tournament now is the Foss Falcons, the fourth-place team from the Narrows League Bay Division.

If the way SK played against Wilson is any inclination, Foss could have its hands full when the two teams play today at 2 p.m. at the Bremerton High School gym.

For the first time all season, SK played as a team, and the balanced scoring proves it.

Sarah Groves led SK with 14 points, but Loni Tostenrude, Leah Kendrick, Rebekah Proctor and Kristi Utter each added eight points.

Utter said SK gained momentum before the game even started.

“We got really pumped up in the locker room and hyped each other up,” Utter said. “We’re just taking it one game at a time and just going for it. We’ve got nothing to lose.”

Allen said his team’s confidence was lacking prior to the Central Kitsap game last week.

All that changed in the week leading up to the Wilson game.

“We had some clear one-on-one (conversations) with some individuals and it paid off,” Allen said. “Sometimes those things can go negative and kids can kind of fade. Other times they can go positive like they did tonight. We’ve been picking it up and working hard in practice to keep that intensity up. We just gotta be able to put it on the floor every night.”

Groves said it almost felt like a different team, in a good way, against Wilson.

“We had much more intensity than I think we’ve ever come out with,” she said. “We moved the ball quickly on defense, and we found the open man instead of pulling up jumpshots, which we’ve done a lot of in the past.”

Wilson and Foss played each other last week, allowing Allen to get film on both teams.

“Foss is similar to us,” he said. “They’re real guard strong. They’re post players are big but not mobile. There’s one guard who can play. She’s a big blocky kid but we’ll make her shoot over Sarah (Groves). Sarah’s quicker than her.”

Groves said Foss is the only team the Wolves are focused on.

“We are taking it one game at a time, but we know where we want to go,” she said. “We just gotta come out strong and show people that we deserve to be (at districts).”

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