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Wolves ride Romonsky's shooting to win
The bell does not signal the end of class, but an entrance to the gym.
Whenever South Kitsap junior Angela Romonsky has an opportunity to shoot jumpers — whether during lunchtime or after practice — she takes advantage.
Romonsky has surged from the school's C-team to varsity in a year as a result, and she put her shooting prowess on display during the Wolves' 62-45 season-opening win Tuesday night at Graham-Kapowsin. She converted 6 of 14 3-pointers en route to a team-high 20 points.
"I felt really confident," Romonsky said. "It's something I really haven't felt before."
Her impact was immediate as South, which enters Narrows League play Friday, built a 12-0 lead 90 seconds into the game. Romonsky opened with a layup before junior Kelsey Callaghan stole the ball and drove from an uncontested basket. It was the only points that Romonsky scored that did not come from a 3-pointer.
"That's why she's starting," Lutzenhiser said. "We tried to bring her up last year, but we couldn't because it was too late. She did a great job."
She followed with two more 3-pointers in the opening quarter, sandwiched by a steal for a layup by senior Molly Werder, who had 11 points.
But the Wolves struggled to put away the Eagles mostly because of 5-foot-7 senior guard Kylee Parker, who scored a game-high 26 points. Graham-Kapowsin never led, but a layup by Parker late in the second quarter cut South's lead to 25-22.
"She's a good player," Lutzenhiser said. "When we started helping on her, she kicked it out to kids who could shoot. They made some runs there."
The Wolves always were able to respond, though.
Junior forward Dana Goularte, a transfer from Life Christian Academy in Tacoma, and senior Danielle Stewart hit 8-foot jumpers and Werder split a pair of free throws just before halftime. Graham-Kapowsin, which won the Class 4A South Puget Sound League South Division last season, never came closer than six points again.
"It was a good test for the kids," Lutzenhiser said. "They're a well-coached ball club."
Sydney Menefee hit a 3-pointer to cut the Wolves' lead to 39-33, but Goularte, who had 16 points, followed with a jumper. Romonsky then made another 3-pointer and Stewart took a Callaghan pass for a layup to end the third quarter on a 7-0 run.
South never led by less than 10 points again. That does not mean the Wolves, who return just three players from last year's state team, do not have improvements to make. They committed 22 turnovers and only made 12 of 28 free throws.
"Our kids are learning to play together right now," Lutzenhiser said. "They know it wasn't a Rembrandt or anything like that. But it feels good to come down here and win."
South Kitsap 62, at Graham-Kapowsin 45
South Kitsap 18 12 16 16 — 62
Graham-Kapowsin 9 16 10 10 — 45
South Kitsap: Kelsey Callaghan 4, Kelsey Stoner 2, Angela Romonsky 20, Danielle Stewart 7, Ali Davis 0, Taylor Sunkel 1, Jodi Bowe 1, Monieca Thuring 0, Dana Goularte 16, Molly Werder 11.
Graham-Kapowsin: Nisa Coers 0, Melissa Cogburn 9, Erika Campbell 4, Taylor Rayburn 0, Kylee Parker 26, Marlin Guillen 0, Sydney Menefee 6.