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Wolves starting to peak at the right time

Throw out all the records.

The past doesn’t mean anything to the South Kitsap High School girls basketball team.

After securing the fourth and final playoff spot in the Narrows League Bridge Division last week, SK’s drive to get to make a return trip to the West Central District will hinge on its loser-out, winnerto-district’s game against the Bay Division No. 4 seed Feb. 22 at Bremerton High School, SK’s opponents could be either Lincoln, Mount Tahoma, Bellarmine, or Wilson.

Three teams could be in a four-way tie for the fourth and final spot, depending on the results of their games last night.

Not that SK coach Mike Allen has a preference.

“I like to focus more on us being prepared rather than preparing for a specific team,” Allen said.

After falling by just five points to first-place Central Kitsap Wednesday night, Allen said he is pleased with the way his team has played over the last week and a half.

“I think we played pretty darn well (at CK),” Allen said. “We are starting to peak as much as we can at this point. Things are starting to fall into place.”

SK’s lone battle in its 57-52 loss at CK was the free throw.

Though Allen wouldn’t criticize the officiating, he did point out CK made 33 trips to the free throw line compared to SK’s 11 trips.

“We didn’t shoot a free throw until the fourth quarter,” Allen said. “CK shot 21 free throws in the first half alone. It was just one of those nights.”

Allen said he’s liked the offensive balance he’s been getting from his players.

Against CK, four SK players scored in double figures.

Leah Kendrick led the way with 12 points, with Jamae Feddock and Kristi Utter each chipping in 11 points. Loni Tostenrude added 10 points.

“Kristi had three 3-pointers so she’s been doing a pretty good job out there,” Allen said. “Her success opens up the inside for us.”

As for the rest of the season, Allen said it’s a clean slate now that the playoffs have arrived.

“We’ve talked about that a lot,” he said. “At this point you throw out all the records. Some teams get better and some teams get worse. Right now we’re peaking and we need to sustain that.”

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