Wolves’ push buries Vikings

During the first half of Saturday night’s Narrows League game, the North Kitsap Vikings and South Kitsap Wolves didn’t look that different from each other.

But when the second half began, the Wolves surged, and the Vikings stumbled.

The Wolves outscored North Kitsap 18-10 in the third quarter en route to a 54-39 win.

“We looked like when we came out of that locker room, we weren’t prepared at all,” said North Kitsap head coach Dan Weedin.

In the first half, South Kitsap jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but wasn’t able to widen it.

An Ashley Davis jumper and a pair of Katie Swanlund free throws slashed it to 6-4 with 3:55 left in the first quarter.

That was the theme of the first half: South Kitsap drove ahead and North Kitsap played catch up.

By halftime, the Wolves led by only four points 21-17.

SK clearly made adjustments in the third quarter.

It opened the quarter with back-to-back steals, and by the time SK’s Jamae Feddock tipped away a North Kitsap pass and sailed in for the uncontested layup, the Wolves’ lead was at12, which was the point spread at the end of the quarter.

The Wolves held off most of the Vikings — with the exception of Jennifer Harris —on their way to the win.

Harris had nine points in the fourth, including a three-pointer and finished with a game-high 20 points.

But the next closest Viking was Katie Swanlund with five points.

Wolves’ coach Mike Allen only half-jokingly credited his team’s success to yelling at them in the locker room during halftime.

“We did a lot of things right,” Allen said. “We got fast break points and put more pressure on the ball.”

The Wolves’ balanced effort was led by Feddock and Leah Kenrick, each of whom scored 13 points.

Kendrick also grabbed seven rebounds.

The Wolves also bested North Kitsap at the free-throw line, where they shot 64 percent to the Vikings’ 50 percent.

The Wolves were without center Kristin Myles, who was out with a twisted knee suffered Dec. 21.

The Wolves (2-0 in league) will visit Port Angeles on Jan. 8. The Vikings (0-2) host Bremerton.

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