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Romonsky's torrid shooting leads Wolves past Gig Harbor
To characterize it as a one-game turnaround would be inaccurate.
After all, the Wolves have won plenty when junior guard Angela Romonsky floundered from the field.
But it was Romonsky who picked up her teammates Wednesday night as she hit 6 of 11 3-pointers en route to a game-high 21 points to lead South Kitsap to a 55-44 win in its regular-season home finale against Gig Harbor.
“That last game was horrible for me,” said Romonsky, who missed all nine of her field-goal attempts and scored one point in Saturday’s 75-53 win at Wilson. “I stayed after practice to work on my threes and I guess it paid off.”
South (14-5 overall, 11-3 league), which already has clinched its first Bridge Division championship since 2000-01, never trailed after Romonsky hit her first 3-pointer to give the Wolves a 11-9 lead with 1 minute, 53 seconds left in the first quarter.
“Everyone on the team knows she can shoot the ball,” South coach Mark Lutzenhiser said. “She knows she’s got the green light.”
She hit another 3-pointer about a minute later to help South take a 16-11 lead into the second period. Romonsky never slowed down, which was important as leading scorer, junior Dana Goularte, was mired in foul trouble and finished with seven points.
“She has to understand not to retaliate,” Lutzenhiser said. “That’s something we’re going to have to be a little more aware of.”
Besides Romonsky, the Wolves converted just 23.9 percent of their field goals. But the Tides (10-9, 7-7) were not much better. They shot 32.7 percent from the field en route to their first season sweep by South since it became a two-game series in 2001-02.
It never was easy for the Wolves, though. Senior guard Cassi Fawcett scored on a transition layup with 1:50 left in the third quarter to cut Gig Harbor’s deficit to 33-30. But South closed the quarter on a 5-1 run on a jumper by senior forward Molly Werder and a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Jackie Steiger.
The Tides never cut their deficit to less than six points again.
“We just worked really hard in the last quarter and got motivated,” Romonsky said. “We put all of our energy in it.”
The result was South’s fifth consecutive win, its best streak of the season since it opened 8-0. The Wolves conclude their regular season tonight at Lincoln.
At South Kitsap 55, Gig Harbor 44
Gig Harbor 11 8 12 13 — 44
South Kitsap 16 9 13 17 — 55
Gig Harbor: Jenna Dewalt 9, Stephani Buzar 0, Cassi Fawcett 15, Leah Davis 9, Rachael Smith 5, Stephanie Mikami 0, Maddi Knecht 0, Quincey Langworthy 6.
South Kitsap: Kelsey Callaghan 7, Kelsey Stoner 0, Jackie Steiger 6, Angela Romonsky 21, Danielle Stewart 3, Jodi Bowe 4, Monieca Thuring 0, Dana Goularte 7, Molly Werder 7.
South Kitsap 75, at Wilson 53
South Kitsap 19 13 20 23 — 75
Wilson 17 13 9 14 — 53
South Kitsap: Kelsey Callaghan 15, Kelsey Stoner 5, Jackie Steiger 13, Angela Romonsky 1, Danielle Stewart 7, Ali Davis 0, Jodi Bowe 3, Monieca Thuring 0, Dana Goularte 17, Molly Werder 14.
Wilson: Emily Bohlen 2, Justina Laney 4, Carsen Stanley 6, Kaysha Fox 10, Jazmine Rambo 0, Bethany Montgomery 19, Nina Caldwell 3, Tia Briggs 5, Janessa Flynn 7.
South Kitsap 65, at Foss 30
South Kitsap 13 22 17 13 — 65
Foss 3 8 8 11 — 30
South Kitsap: Kelsey Callaghan 6, Kelsey Stoner 0, Jackie Steiger 7, Angela Romonsky 17, Danielle Stewart 7, Jodi Bowe 6, Monieca Thuring 2, Dana Goularte 5, Molly Werder 15.
Foss: Burkett 2, Kelly 11, McKinney 11, Brooks 1, Solitaire 2, Linton 0.