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South Kitsap’s girls basketball team rallied late, but it wasn’t quite enough as Skyline captured a 36-33 win Tuesday afternoon at the Riverside Invitational in Auburn.
The Spartans (2-2) took a 16-9 lead into the second quarter and never trailed again.
“Their big kids hurt us down low on some second shots,” South coach Mark Lutzenhiser said. “We cranked up the defense in the second half.”
Kassia Fortier, a 5-foot-10 post, scored a game-high 12 points for the Spartans.
South didn’t have a player who reached double figures in points, but Molly Werder had eight points and seven rebounds.
Chelnesha Thuring also had six rebounds for the Wolves, while point guard Kelsey Callaghan added six assists.
Lutzenhiser said before the tournament that he wanted to play a quality nonleague schedule every year, and while South (5-2) lost its second consecutive game, he feels his team “learned a lot from this.”
He cited the second half where the Wolves played better defense and were more successful against Skyline’s zone.
They outscored the Spartans 18-11 in the final 16 minutes.
(at Auburn Riverside High School)
South Kitsap 33
Skyline 16 9 6 5 — 36
South Kitsap 6 9 7 11 — 33
Skyline — Carlie Wolken 9, Lindsey Perry 6, Lindsey Nicholson 3, Michelle Bretl 2, Mikayla Meves 2, Amy Ziegler 2, Kassia Fortier 12, Alex Angel 0, Rachel Grasso 0, Michelle Perry 0.
South Kitsap — Kelsey Callaghan 0, Crystal Polen 5, Samantha Gulisao 0, Stephanie Osterdahl 7, Amanda Feeney 0, Danielle Stewart 4, Ashlee Stoner 3, Chelnesha Thuring 0, Ashley Frank 0, Angel Sheldon 6, Molly Werder 8.
Snowed out sports events rescheduled
South Kitsap High School’s boys and girls basketball teams have rescheduled games against Lincoln for Jan. 12.
The Wolves’ boys team hosts Lincoln at 7 p.m., while their girls program plays at the same time in Tacoma.