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South Kitsap stays perfect with another easy win

Junior Dana Goularte works the baseline against Foss. - Kenny Gatlin photo
Junior Dana Goularte works the baseline against Foss.
— image credit: Kenny Gatlin photo

Three games. Three double-digit wins.

South Kitsap's girls basketball team made it look easy again Wednesday night in a 60-41 win against Foss in its Narrows League home opener — but in a little different fashion.

Junior guard Angela Romonsky led the Wolves (3-0 overall, 2-0 league) with her outside shooting prowess in their first two games, but they went inside early to 5-foot-10 senior Danielle Stewart.

Stewart, one of three returning players along with guard Kelsey Callaghan and forward Molly Werder from last season's state team, made 4 of 5 field goals during the first quarter en route to a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds.

"I just felt everyone's energy," Stewart said. "We all were meshing together."

Her production helped South take a 19-9 lead into the second quarter. The Wolves never trailed, but the Falcons (0-2, 0-1) trailed just 30-22 at halftime. Foss came as close as 30-25 when guard Janell Jordan, who had 15 points, hit a 3-pointer early in the third quarter.

"I was pleased with our offense," South coach Mark Lutzenhiser said. "But we talked about being more consistent on the defensive end at halftime."

South extended its lead to 40-30 late in the third period on a jumper by Kelsey Stoner and the Falcons never cut their deficit into single digits again. Stewart felt the key shot came when Callaghan hit a 3-pointer that gave the Wolves a 47-32 lead with 6 minutes, 41 seconds left.

"Once Callaghan throws up that 3-pointer, it felt like we were going," Stewart said.

Foss never could get close despite the production from its guards. In addition to Jordan, Max Kelly converted 7 of 14 shots and scored a game-high 18 points. But the rest of the Falcons combined to score just nine points.

While Stewart was the only South player to score in double figures, all 10 Wolves who played produced at least two points. That was in contrast to the team's league opener Dec. 4 at Shelton. South won 55-31 behind three players who scored more than 10 points — Jodi Bowe (13), Dana Goularte (15) and Romonsky (16).

The Wolves will test their perfect record tonight against Wilson (3-0, 2-0). Lutzenhiser knows his team, which converted just 9 of 22 free throws against the Falcons, must be better at the line in close games.

"We're struggling," he said. "Hopefully we'll get better."

Wednesday

At South Kitsap 60, Foss 41

Foss 9 13 8 11 — 41

South Kitsap 19 11 14 16 — 60

Foss: Tanesha Burkett 0, Max Kelly 18, Jasmine McKinney 0, Janell Jordan 15, Nataliahna Petty 1, Tasia Baldwin, Kristina Solitaire 5, Sarah Fonoimoia 2.

South Kitsap: Kelsey Callaghan 6, Kelsey Stoner 2, Angela Romonsky 8, Danielle Stewart 17, Ali Davis 5, Taylor Sunkel 2, Jodi Bowe 2, Monieca Thuring 5, Dana Goularte 7, Molly Werder 6.

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