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Wolves drop squeaker to CK
The last two minutes of Friday nights Narrows League Bridge Division home game against South Kitsap left Central Kitsap coach Denise Baxter with just one word to say.
Thats what the reaction will be when a team loses its best player to a debatable charging foul with 47 seconds remaining and still pulls out a 34-33 to clinch a tie for first place in the Bridge Division.
The loss put the Wolves in a tie for third place with Gig Harbor.
The two teams played late Tuesday night to break the tie and set up the seedings for Thursdays Narrows League crossover game.
The fourth places team out of the Bridge will play the Bays third place team while No. 4 from the Bay is at No. 3 of the Bridge.
The top four teams from each division advance to the West Central District Tournament next week.
With this young of a team what a feat, Baxter said. What a great tribute to Aimee (Carroll). They didnt let the emotions get to them.
Carroll, the lone CK senior, scored the games opening basketball, but it rarely was easy for the Cougars, who trailed 29-28 heading into the fourth quarter.
It stayed at 28-29 for a while and I was waiting for (SK) to make a run, Baxter said. They couldnt do it.
The Cougars regained the lead with 3:43 remaining when Amy Spieker made a baseline jumper to bring the score to 32-31. Nearly two minutes later, Emily Zygmontowicz, who scored a game-high 12 points for the Cougars, made a shot near the free-throw line to increase the advantage to 34-31.
Wolves guard Christina Bui converted a layup to cut CKs lead to 34-33 with 1:12 left before Zygmontowicz layup was waived off by officials, who called a charging foul. It was the fifth foul for the Cougars star, relegating her to the bench for the duration of the game.
I think it was questionable, Zygmontowicz said. But the game is over and you cant do much about it now.
But Megan Gilbert shot rolled out on the Wolves ensuing possession and SK was called for assessed a turnover on a three seconds in the key call with 4.2 seconds remaining.
The Wolves fouled Kaitlin Poppe, whose free throw missed, but SK wasnt able to attempt a shot before time expired.
Its great, said Carroll, who finished with six points. People didnt really expect us to be here. We stayed focused, never gave up and never doubted ourselves.
Loni Tostenrude paced the Wolves with 11 points while Leah Bradley added 10.
CK wasnt able to claim the Bridge Division title outright because Port Angeles defeated Gig Harbor 58-42 Friday.
Central Kitsap 34,
South Kitsap 33
South Kitsap 8 9 12 4 33
Central Kitsap 8 14 6 6 34
South kitsap - Christina Bui 2, Shamika Curtis 2, Leah Bradley 10, Jamie McLean 2, Loni Tostenrude 11, Megan Gilbert 6.
Central Kitsap - Meagan Hoisington 6, Randie Lee 2, Katie Poppe 2, Aimee Carroll 6, Emily Zygmontowicz 12, Amy Spieker 6.