South comes up short against CK, officals

Even though he wouldn’t talk about it, Mike Allen, the South Kitsap girls’ basketball coach, was visibly upset with the officiating in Wednesday’s game at Central Kitsap.

And with good reason.

SK starter Sharrisa Pauley was thrown hard to the floor at least three times in the first half, never getting a foul call.

Twice, she rose nearly in tears, which seemed to be partly from the pain and partly from the frustration.

Most of those calls came in the second quarter, draining SK’s momentum, allowing CK to pull ahead and eventually win, 48-30.

“We did our part to hurt ourselves,” Allen said, “so I don’t need to talk about the officiating.”

The Cougars (11-1, 7-0) had strong defense all night, but the Wolves (8-5, 4-3) kept it close going into the second quarter.

Down just 11-9, SK appeared to be in it. But that was before a barrage of questionable calls, and non-calls, went against them.

At the end of the first quarter, the Wolves had four team fouls. They would finish the half with 11.

But as Allen said, the Wolves didn’t help themselves much, either.

“We got out-rebounded it seemed like two to one,” Allen said. “Our free-throw shooting was pretty poor. Just fundamentally, we were not very good tonight.”

South had trouble throughout the evening with CK’s defensive pressure, which forced the Wolves into two shot clock violations in the first half. SK connected on just five of their 14 free throw attempts.

But despite the flaws of their own, Allen said CK simply played better.

“CK is a good team,“ Allen said. “We can come in here and say all the things we did wrong. But they did a lot of things right too.”

One thing CK did well was consistently get the ball to Megan Hoisington in the post. Hoisington finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds, and scored CK’s first 15 points in the contest.

“She’s been really good,” said CK coach Denise Baxter. “She’s really hard to guard. She knows how to move with the ball, step into the gap and drive.”

Emily Zygmontowicz hauled in 10 boards for CK, adding six points.

For the Wolves, scoring, while hard to come by, was spread evenly, with Pauley and Morgan Wiggin co-leading the team with six points apiece.

Wiggin also had four rebounds and two steals to lead SK.

Overall, Allen said his team needs to continue to work on the basics.

“We’ve got to get better at the things we’re doing,” Allen said. “It’s fundamental stuff, basic stuff. It’s not rocket science.”

South Kitsap hosted Shelton on Friday, and will be on the road against Port Angeles on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Central Kitsap 48, South Kitsap 30

Score by quarters

South Kitsap 9 5 8 8 — 30

Central Kitsap 11 20 8 9 — 48

South Kitsap - Jamie Boyer 4, Kristen Emel 5, Schelsey Zimmerman 4, Sharrisa Pauley 6, Morgan Wiggin 6, Megan Gilbert 5.

Central Kitsap - Randie Lee 5, Melinda Pfaff 2, Kaitlin Poppe 2, Emily Zygmontowicz 6, Amy Spieker 4, Sam Churchill 1, Areil Mcermott 2, Megan Hoisington 26.

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