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South Kitsap girls basketball lands 5 players on all-county team

South Kitsap’s girls basketball team was one game away from advancing to the Class 4A state tournament for a second consecutive year, but it still won its most games in nine seasons after finishing with a 17-8 record. Those accomplishments are reflected in the all-Kitsap team as five players were honored on the team.

The all-county team, made up of eligible players from schools in Kitsap County, was voted on by the sports editors and writers of the Kitsap News Group, including the Port Orchard Independent, Bremerton Patriot, Central Kitsap Reporter and North Kitsap Herald.

2010 All-Kitsap County Girls Basketball Team

Starting lineup

G Sophia Baetz, junior, Kingston: A varsity starter since her freshman year, Baetz led Kingston to its third straight postseason appearance in 2009-10. She averaged a team-high 20.5 points along with 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.0 assists per game. Baetz also led the Buccaneers with 51 3-pointers on the season.

G Kelsey Callaghan, junior, South Kitsap: Callaghan guided a veteran-laden Wolves’ squad to the Class 4A state tournament in 2009, but South coach Mark Lutzenhiser was just as impressed by her development this season. He praised Callaghan’s leadership skills in addition to her court vision. She averaged a team-high five assists per game in addition to 6.7 points per contest.

“Her decision making improved and shooting over last year,” Lutzenhiser said. “She really improved in all phases.”

G Krista Stabler, sophomore, Central Kitsap: On a young team that will return all but three players next season, Stabler was a large reason the Cougars advanced to the Class 4A West Central District III tournament. She averaged 17.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.9 steals per game to help Central Kitsap to 15 victories.

F Jalen Carpenter, sophomore, Bremerton: Carpenter’s already significant role on the team increased in 2009-10 under first-year coach Al Valencia. She helped Bremerton boost its win total from four in 2008-09 to nine this season, averaging 14.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, both team-highs.

At 6 feet 2 inches, Carpenter pulled down a season-best 18 rebounds in a sub-district game against Yelm High School.

“She came through pretty big for us,” Valencia said. “She’s a real pleasure to coach. She really tried hard and had a lot of competitive spirit in her.”

C Breyenne Mosey, junior, Crosspoint Academy: The 6-foot-3 Mosey continued her dominance of the Class 2B Sea-Tac League, averaging a double-double with 16.4 points and 14.9 rebounds per game. Those were both team-highs for Crosspoint, which advanced to the Tri-District tournament with a 14-10 record under first-year coach Ronald Barton.

Coach of the Year: Terry Lande, Bainbridge: In his first year at the helm of the girls basketball program, Lande guided a young Spartan squad to the Sound Division title. Lande succeeded Penny Gienger, who retired as Bainbridge’s winningest coach after an 18-year tenure. With only one returning starter – and five upperclassmen – the Spartans went 8-7 in conference play, closing out their league schedule with a five-game win streak.

Bench

G Jordan Dixon, junior, Klahowya: The speedy Dixon averaged 12.3 points, 2.3 assists and an area-high 4.6 steals per game to lead the Lady Eagles to the postseason. After going a combined 4-37 over the past two seasons, Klahowya won 10 games and climbed from the bottom of the Olympic League into postseason contenders.

G/F Dana Goularte, junior, South Kitsap: Goularte transferred from tiny Life Christian Academy in Tacoma, but immediately fit at South. She started throughout the season and averaged a team-high 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. She also scored 10.5 points and added 2.4 assists per game, both which were the second-highest totals on the Wolves.

“She’s such a good athlete, she can jump and handle the ball well,” Lutzenhiser said. “She’s very well rounded.”

G/F — Jalyn Halstead, sophomore, Olympic: Halstead averaged 10.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Lady Trojans.

G/F Jesssica Klump, senior, Olympic: The team’s second-leading scorer with 9.8 points per game, Klump was the Lady Trojans’ most efficient outside shooter. She shot a team-best 34 percent from 3-point range and was third in rebounding with 6.8 per game.

G Angela Romonsky, junior, South Kitsap: Romonsky averaged a team-high 13 points per game, but was perhaps best known for her outside shooting prowess. She converted 74 3-pointers and shot 44 percent from beyond the arch.

“She has a real clutch mentality,” Lutzenhiser said. “She knows she’s a shooter and is not afraid.”

F Samantha Thornton, senior, Olympic: The team’s third-leading scorer with 9.5 points per game, the 6-foot-1 Thornton gave the Lady Trojans a physical presence in the post.

She was the leading rebounder — 8.0 per game — on a team that finished third in the Olympic League and came within a victory of reaching the district tournament.

G/F Molly Werder, senior, South Kitsap: She had surgery on her left knee just a few weeks before the season began, but Werder returned and still averaged 9.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.

“She persevered and kept going,” said Lutzenhiser, adding that the 6-foot-2 Werder also significantly helped the Wolves in the low post on offense and defense.

Honorable mention

Lauryn Blevins, North Kitsap; Kourtney Carpenter, Bremerton; Hannah Depew, Bainbridge; Jonica Durben, Klahowya; Carly McElwee, Klahowya; Elise Peterson, Crosspoint Academy; Carlie Rouse, Crosspoint Academy; Lexi Simmons, North Kitsap; Danielle Stewart, South Kitsap; Kas Totura, Bainbridge; Angelique White, Bremerton; Laura Wicklein, Kingston; Indigo Williams, North Kitsap; and Kristy Wood, Bremerton.

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