Wolves repeat as champs

There weren’t many surprises last weekend in the Bremer Student Center Gym on the Olympic College campus for the annual Olympic College Girls’ Basketball Summer League Tournament.

Once again, the South Kitsap Wolves came out on top of the local varsity ranks as they beat Port Townsend 109 twice to win the tournament title for the second year in a row.

The Wolves were upset by the 109s during the regular season by 20 points in classic “David and Goliath” fashion. But during the tournament, it was the Class 4A Goliath Wolves who won in the semifinals, 37-29, and in the finals, 41-34, over the David-like Class 2A 109s.

“We wanted to run through the tournament,” said South coach Mike Allen as his team hoisted its trophy for pictures nearby. “And defensively, we did a great job.”

The Wolves held the Port Townsend girls scoreless for nearly eight minutes before Netti Withedridge connected on a three-point shot at 12:30 in the first half.

“South plays very physical,” OC women’s coach Rick Peters said. “They can take you right out of your offense. They use a strong man-to-man defense and that’s why they do so well.”

The Port Townsend team was kept out of the paint by the taller South players and lived on the perimeter, where Stephanie Kirkendol connected on four threes for 12 of her 14 points.

The Wolves countered with 11 points from Leah Kendrich and eight points each from Kristie Udder and Christina Bui.

Allen said he adjusted his offense since center Lonnie Tostenrude couldn’t make it to the game, to allow his post players more chances to score from inside the paint and have a stronger inside presence.

For a smaller school, Port Townsend coach Al Scalf was pleased by his team’s performance, especially against Narrows League-caliber talent.

“We’re just tickled pink to be here,” Scalf said.

And while South tore through the winner’s bracket, it was the North Kitsap Vikings who were in charge of the loser’s bracket.

The youthful North team sent early favorites Central Kitsap Lightning packing 44-34 in the quarterfinals and then beat an exhausted Central Kitsap Mirage squad, fresh from a trip to Hawaii, in triple overtime 40-37 on Saturday.

“That was a great basketball game,” Peters said. “I was impressed with North. They’ve got a lot of young talent coming up.”

The Vikings finished third overall after a 27-24 loss to Port Townsend. The Viking Junior Varsity squad kept up with the Bremerton Junior Varsity until losing in the JV finals, 44-43.

All of the top seeds triumphed through the opening bracket with South Kitsap demolishing Chimicum 53-10, the Central Kitsap Mirage taking out North Kitsap 37-33, Port Townsend 109 beating Bremerton 38-28 and Central Kitsap Lightning with a 33-26 win over Peninsula.

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