South fights away the uglies, remains unbeaten

If ever there was a time for South Kitsap to have a bad game, Wednesday night was it.

The No. 2 ranked Wolves fought off a case of the uglies and overcame its own bad play to top Port Angeles 57-40 in Narrows League Bridge Division play. The victory opens up a three-game lead for the Wolves in division play.

“Ugly, “Pitiful and ugly. We just played bad, all in all.”

It wasn't that the Wolves were ever in any danger of being the last team in Class 4A to lose it's first game of the year. South fought through some sub-par play to lead 16-9 eight minutes in. The Wolves, 15-0 overall and 9-0 in division play, upped that to 34-18 by halftime.

But there were too many fouls, too many turnovers and too many missed shots for the Wolves to ever get into any kind of rhythm.

“I think there was a lack of concentration, on our part,” South coach John Callaghan said. “Mentally, we just weren't focused.”

While South led the whole way, the team made just 17 of 35 free throws and had just as many turnovers.

“We're lucky that (Port Angeles) didn't counter on our mistakes,” Webb said. “We were very fortunate to come out with a win.”

Senior Jamil Moore returned from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss last Friday's game and promptly led the team with 12 points and eight rebounds. Ryan Sweet came off the bench to score a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.

“We could have done some things better,” Sweet said “Our defense really didn't pick up until the second half.”

Sweet, a junior post, has seen significant playing time over the last couple of weeks coming off the bench and he has been making the most of it.

“I get out and I try to work as hard as I can,” Sweet said. “I'm really trying to earn my time. I thought I played well but it's more of a team thing than anything. We won the game and that's what is important.“

A few players said Wednesday's game was the worst overall performance of the year and if things don't improve, losses will start coming.

“It's like a wake-up call in saying that we've aren't going to trample through everybody,” Webb said. “You gotta play hard every night.”

The Wolves played host to Gig Harbor Friday night. South opened up a three-game lead on the rest of the division Wednesday night. Central Kitsap, North Kitsap and Gig Harbor, 9-6 overall and 6-3 in league, are tied for second place while Bremerton, 7-8, 4-5, is two games back of that pack.

The sub-par play plagued the Wolves junior varsity and sophomore teams as well.

The South JV dropped a 54-50 contest to Port Angeles despite 19 points from Jared Privatt and 10 from Larry Dearth. The JV is now 8-4 on the year.

The Wolves' sophomore team lost 60-53 as Jose Gidican netted 13 and Caleb Moritz scored 11.

South Kitsap 57, Port Angeles 40

Score by quarters

Port Angeles 9 9 10 12_40

South Kitsap 16 18 13 10_57

Port Angeles - Justin Church 3, 0-0_3; Casey Crumb 5, 0-0_5; Jeff Haguewood 2, 0-0_2; Brian Hoch 6, 1-3_7; Kevin Konopaski 4, 3-6_7; Stefan Walker 8, 0-0_8; Justin Boudreau 2, 0-0_2; Cameron Leduke 0, 2-2_2; Chris Stone 2, 0-0_2; Seth Kajfasz 2, 0-0_2. Totals 34, 6-11_40.

South Kitsap - Conner Gehring 2, 4-8_6; Tippy Burk 3, 2-2_5; Jamil Moore 8, 4-4_12; Derrick Webb 4, 1-2_5; Josh Monagle 6, 1-6_7; Connor McPherson 2, 0-0_2; Dan Nelson 0, 0-0_0; LP Neloms 3, 3-6_6; Ryan Sweet 8, 2-4_10; Joe Pisa 4, 0-0_4; Jacob Yount 0, 0-0_0; Ty Curry 0, 0-0_0. Team totals: 40, 17-35_57.

Three pointers: Church, Crumb, Burk, Neloms. Rebounds Sweet 8, Moore 8. Steals Neloms 4, Gehring 4. Assists: Burk 4.

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