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SK playoff hopes flickering

Simple logic would dictate that if the South Kitsap girls basketball team could hold Bremerton’s Jennifer Jacobs to just eight points, the chances of beating the Knights would be good.

So much for simple logic.

The Wolves held Jacobs to exactly eight points, way under her season average, but forgot about Kayla Bennett and Alishia Lindsay, who combined for 43 points to lead the Knights to a convincing 62-47 win on Wednesday night.

“Hello, this isn’t rocket science. You have to play defense on all five,” a clearly frustrated South coach Mike Allen said. “They’ve got weapons, and we didn’t play defense.”

The loss drops the Wolves to 10-7 overall and 6-5 in Narrows League Bridge Division play, but they still cling to the fourth and final playoff berth.

The Knights (13-4, 8-3) maintain their hold on third place.

South could have wrapped up the final postseason berth late Friday night with a win over North Kitsap and a loss by Port Angeles.

Bremerton’s win all but clinches a playoff spot for the Knights.

“We have to win the next two,” Allen said. “We have to or we’re done on Feb. 11.”

The Wolves held the high-scoring Jacobs scoreless in the first half and trailed just 25-23 at the break. But Bennett and Lindsay combined to score 21 first-half points and ended the night with 28 and 15, respectively.

“We’ve been telling them all year that they have to come up big,” Bremerton coach Daniel McInnis said. “And Kayla came up big, and so did Alishia today.”

Despite some shoddy play, the Wolves hung tough in the first half, helped out in part by three 3-pointers.

But then South was launching 3-pointers every chance it got.

“I think our guards are frustrated with the lack of production inside and I think they’re feeling like they need to shoot the ball outside more,” Allen said. “I’m saying that because I’m frustrated there myself.”

The Knights took advantage of their superior inside game as soon as the second half started, going on a 12-2 run that broke the game open.

Grabbing rebound after rebound led to easy buckets and a quick 37-25 lead.

“I don’t think we played very good defense,” Allen said. “When 10 of their 12 points come on second-chance opportunities, I don’t think that’s very good defense.”

Jamie Boyer paced the Wolves with 13 points while Megan Gilbert netted 12 and Schelsey Zimmerman added nine.

South, which needs to win two of its last three games to ensure a postseason trip, was at North Kitsap Friday and closes out the season with games against Olympic and Central Kitsap next week.

• In junior varsity action, Bremerton pulled out a 38-36 win. Michelle Webber netted 14 points for the Wolves while grabbing five rebounds and four steals. Ashlye Parker scored seven points for South while CJ Balstad added six.

Bremerton 62, South Kitsap 47

Score by quarter

Bremerton 12 13 19 18 — 62

South Kitsap 12 11 10 14 — 47

Bremerton — Bliss Whitehead 4; Jennifer Jacobs 8; Alishia Lindsay 17; Kayla Bennett 26; Jessica Bollinger 2; Ebonee Batiste 4; Naomi Abad 1.

South Kitsap — Schelsey Zimmerman 9; Sierra Vinson 2; Sharrisa Pauley 1; Morgan Wiggin 4; Megan Gilbert 12; Jamie Boyer 13; Caty Lieseke 4; Valerie Robinson 2

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