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SK earns Bridge Division crown
Defense wins championships, and it was defense that South Kitsap followed to the Narrows League Bridge Division title Friday night.
By applying pressure early and often, the Wolves built a comfortable lead on North Kitsap and was never threatened on its way to a 68-51 victory.
The win gives the Wolves their third such title in the last four years.
The win also keeps the states No. 1 ranked team in Class 4A undefeated on the year at 18-0 and the 12-0 league mark ensures the Wolves of a Narrows League cross-over game with Foss on Feb. 19.
I think our intensity was way up where it needs to be, South coach John Callaghan said. And that was from a lot of different things but mostly from the crowd. They were really into the game and they were loud, and that really got us going.
A packed house and a good opponent were just what the Wolves needed after a couple of sub-par performances. But everything looked to be in place Friday night.
I think its a bit of everything, junior post Josh Monagle said. We knew that North is a tough team, and against tough teams I think we come out a little more on the edge. We know that any team is capable of beating us. I think we were hiked up a little bit more.
While South never fully ran away from the Vikings, the outcome was never in doubt. The Wolves led 32-26 at halftime and slowly extended that over the course of the second half by throwing different defensive looks at the Vikings.
We tried to change it up a little, senior wing Jamil Moore said. We wanted to confuse them a little so they wouldnt get comfortable. And it worked.
Only four players scored for the Vikings, with Ryan Young getting a game-high 18 points.
But that was what South was after.
Defensively, we did a nice job, Callaghan said. We mixed things up a bit and we were real solid on the boards. And we needed to be.
Derrick Webb paced the Wolves with 15 points while Moore netted 11 and Monagle added 10.
Rebounding was a team effort Friday as Moore and Monagle each had seven while Ryan Sweet came off the bench to haul in six. Connor McPherson turned in his best game of the year with eight rebounds and seven points.
In fact, the Wolves bench scored 24 points on the night, taking the heat off the starting five.
Thats a plus for our team, if they can come off the bench and score and do everything we need them to do, Webb said. The starting five, it helps us out a lot.
The focus now turns to Olympic and Central Kitsap and a possible undefeated Narrows league season. The Wolves travel to Olympic tonight and head back to Silverdale Friday to close out the regular season with the Cougars.
Its going to be tough because we are really looking forward to the playoffs and district, Moore said. But we have to focus on one game at a time. Well be alright.
That seems to be the consensus of the team.
We have a lot of work to do (this) week, Webb said. And well be looking forward to it - no let downs, cant afford them.
South Kitsap 68, North Kitsap 51
Score by quarters
North Kitsap 16 10 15 10 51
South Kitsap 18 14 18 18 68
North Kitsap Jacob Gonzales 14, Jordan Henry 9, Ryan Young 18, Jared Prince 10.
South Kitsap Conner Gehring 3, Tippy Burk 5, Jamil Moore 11, Derrick Webb 15, Josh Monagle 10, LP Neloms 4, Ryan Sweet 7, Connor McPherson 7, Evan Atwater 6.