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Girls basketball: Romonsky's outside propels South Kitsap to blowout win
Angela Romonsky accepted responsibility.
The South Kitsap junior felt her inconsistent shooting was a significant reason why her team lost five of six games during one stretch.
Romonsky was determined that it would not be an issue again Tuesday. She converted three 3-pointers and scored 11 of her game-high 18 points in the first quarter to help the Wolves to a 64-32 win against Shelton in Narrows League play.
“I just felt really confident in my game,” Romonsky said. “I needed to step it up because the last few games I haven’t been shooting well.”
Despite that, coach Mark Lutzenhiser said he never lost confidence in Romonsky.
“She’s our shooter,” he said. “She knows she’s got a green light from me.”
South (11-5 overall, 8-3 league) never trailed and built an 18-2 lead in the opening period as it held the Highclimbers scoreless for nearly four minutes before Megan Lund hit a jumper with 3 minutes, 14 seconds left. The Wolves led 22-9 entering the second quarter and their advantage stayed in double digits for the remainder of the game.
“I thought we came out with a lot of intensity,” Lutzenhiser said. “I was really pleased with that.”
Shelton (2-14, 2-9) struggled with full-court pressure and sloppy passing as it committed 30 turnovers. South gave the ball away just eight times.
The Wolves took a 35-17 lead into halftime and did not relent on the defensive side after the intermission. The Highclimbers converted only four field goals during the second half. They shot just 25 percent for the game.
If was the second consecutive win for South, which maintained first place in the Bridge Division, after defeating Mount Tahoma 62-52 on Friday. Senior forward Molly Werder led the Wolves with 18 points.
Werder had offseason knee surgery and sophomore guard Jackie Steiger, who scored nine points against Shelton, played for just the third time this year after battling foot problems.
Lutzenhiser said his team finally is getting healthy and the blowout against Shelton allowed him to play everyone on the bench.
With just three league contests remaining after Thursday’s game at Foss, Lutzenhiser said it is imperative that his team avoids a letdown.
“We need to keep it going because Gig Harbor and Wilson are right there behind us,” he said. “We want to earn that top seed.”
At South Kitsap 64, Shelton 32
Shelton 9 8 10 5 — 32
South Kitsap 22 13 12 17 — 64
Shelton: Megan Lund 6, Kristina Pietraski 4, Paige Gangewer 6, Kristy-Lee Nahley 6, Clara Robbins 2, Taylor Gustafson 4, Tara Ramsey 0, Jordanne Krumpols 2, Madison Gaa 2, Sydney Gaa 0.
South Kitsap: Kelsey Callaghan 4, Kelsey Stoner 5, Jackie Steiger 8, Angela Romonsky 18, Danielle Stewart 5, Jodi Bowe 0, Monieca Thuring 6, Dana Goularte 9, Molly Werder 9.
South Kitsap 62, at Mount Tahoma 52
South Kitsap 18 16 12 16 — 62
Mount Tahoma 10 8 20 14 — 52
South Kitsap: Kelsey Callaghan 0, Kelsey Stoner 5, Jackie Steiger 12, Angela Romonsky 11, Danielle Stewart 8, Ali Davis 0, Jodi Bowe 0, Dana Goularte 8, Molly Werder 18.
Mount Tahoma: Keys 4, Davis 0, Banks 1, Williamson 6, Johnson 0, Williams 12, Anderson 23, Bunger 6.