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Wolves winless after getting hammered by No. 4 Lincoln

South Kitsap girl’s basketball coach Mike Allen knew his young team would face a steep learning curve at the beginning of the season. Following Wednesday night’s 42-point loss to fourth-ranked Lincoln, there was little doubt what the Wolves will be studying in the coming weeks.

“We have to learn to box out,” Allen said. “We set up two major goals for our team and for our coaching staff as far as what we need to really work on, and one was boxing out and controlling the boards, and the second thing was really having an understanding of how to run the offense.

“And we haven’t yet achieved that,” Allen said. “We’re still working on it.”

Wednesday’s 76-34 blowout, combined with Monday’s 42-32 loss to Eatonville, has the Wolves off to a 0-2 start.

South played at Olympia late Friday night.

There were a lot of things that led to the Lincoln loss, but rebounding was a major factor. The Abes out-boarded South 54-20, with most of those on the offensive side, giving Lincoln plenty of second, third and sometimes fourth chances to score on each possession.

“I’m not going to take anything away from (Lincoln) — They’re awesome, there’s no question,” Allen said. “But if we’re boxing out and jumping ... we’re kind of standing up and watching things happen. And unfortunately, basketball isn’t a spectator sport. It’s an activity, so we have to jump in.”

Allen estimated that 90 percent of the Abes’ points came off of uncontested layups or offensive put-backs, saying that his team can’t give up that many easy baskets to any team.

He added that rebounding is an effort skill and, against Lincoln, his team didn’t show enough effort on that end.

Lincoln had four players score in double figures, while Catalina Borrero led South with nine points. Kristin Emel came off the bench to score seven for the Wolves.

The Abes played so well, in fact, that Allen said it was hard not to just sit back and watch them go.

“When a team’s that good, you start to watch them,” Allen said. “It’s entertaining, even for the people on the floor. We probably gave up 30 points on uncontested transition layups.”

Even with the big loss, Allen said there were things his team can take out of it and use to get better. Most notably, learning how to play at Lincoln’s up-tempo pace for a full 32 minutes.

“I think we’d like to go there,” Allen said. “But we need to understand that type of game, that up-tempo the way (Lincoln) did it happens with quick rebounds, quick outlets and running the floor. And we didn’t rebound tonight. And if you don’t rebound, you can’t fast break.”

South did show off some of that ability, turning an 8-0 first-quarter deficit into an 11-10 lead just before the end of the quarter by getting some rebounds and working the ball quickly up the floor for easy baskets.

A lot of that came from the ball handling skills of Borrero. Allen said the only time the team was able to handle the Abe’s press was when Borrero was at point.

Ultimately, Allen said he has a lot of optimism as to how far this team can go.

“It’s going to take a while – we have a weird mix of kids right now,” Allen said. “And I’m OK with that. Not every team we play is a top five team. We’re going to play some teams where we’re going to be able to do what we want to do.

“We’re going to be OK and, hopefully down the stretch, we understand better what we’re supposed to do,” Allen said, “and be able to handle a team or play with a team like Lincoln.”

The South junior varsity, meanwhile, got off to a quick 2-0 start, beating Eatonville 60-31 and Lincoln 52-46. Michelle Webber paced the Wolves with 15 points against Eatonville while Caitlin Daniels added 10.

In the Lincoln game, Armeena DeWalt led South with 11 points while C.J. Balstad and Daniels scored six each.

The South C team is also off to a 2-0 start, beating Lincoln 44-30 behind nine points each from Heather Peterson and Jessie McLaren. Heather Nenninger and Michelle Magalhaes had six points each in the Wolves’ 27-18 win over Eatonville.

South will travel to Bainbridge Monday night and will open Narrows League Bridge Division play Wednesday by playing host to Shelton.

Lincoln 76, South Kitsap 34

Score by quarters

Lincoln 14 26 21 15 – 76

South Kitsap 11 5 9 9 – 34

Lincoln – Vanessa Baines 14, 0-0 – 14; Elaina Trammell 12, 3-4 – 15; Deana Trammell 2, 3-4 – 5; Shavon Tate 2, 0-0 – 2; Alex Montgomery 16, 4-6 – 20; Kalase Taumaletia 5, 0-0 – 5; Toakase Tukutau 12, 1-2 – 13; Dorothy Wood 2, 0-0 – 2; Brittany Thomas 0, 0-0 – 0; Jassity Mamea 0, 0-0 – 0. Team totals: 65, 11-16 – 76.

South Kitsap – Jamie Boyer 0, 0-3 – 0; Sharrisa Pauley 4, 0-0 – 4; Catalina Borrero 4, 5-7 – 9; Caty Lieseke 4, 0-0 – 4; Kaileigh Westermann 2, 0-0 – 2; Ashlye Parker 2, 0-2 – 2; Kristin Emel 6, 1-1 – 7; Kristen Conradi 0, 1-2 – 1; Erin Hegland 0, 1-2 – 1; Joyce Vaiaga’e 0, 0-0 – 0; Valerie Robinson 4, 0-0 – 4. Team totals: 26, 8-17 – 34.

Three-point field goals: Taumaletia.

Eatonville 42, South Kitsap 32

South Kitsap - Catalina Borrero, Jamie Boyer 3, Kristen Conradi, Kristin Emel 2, Caty Lieseke 4, Sharrisa Pauley 8, Valerie Robinson, Kaileigh Westerman 7, Erin Hegland 4, Ashlye Parker 4, Joyce Vaiaga'e, Michelle Webber.

Eatonville - White, Anderson, Heacock 5, Stead 2, Norman 2, Carlman 2, Painter 18, Eumpstead, McCulloch 6, Hallman 5, Hill 2.

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