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BULLDOGS Continued from page B-5 For the second half, Bremerton switched to a 2-3 zone, which gave North Mason trouble. "We struggle shoot- ing from the outside, so when we come up to a zone like that, we've got to get to the shots we do well," Hawkins said. Those shots are 15 foot shots from the elbow and from the paint. "Nineteen feet, 20 feet from the bucket ... it's not what we do best," Hawkins said. He said once North Mason got down by 10 or 11 points, the Lady Bulldogs could never get back into the game. "We talked about our inability to get 50- 50 balls or loose balls that are anybody's," Hawkins said. "We only got about two of those. We never came up with that loose ball. We weren't doing a very good job of re- bounding." The Lady Bulldogs shot 1-for-6 from the free throw line, while Bremerton hit ll-of- 13. "We need to take it to the basket more and force teams to make plays on us," Hawkins said. Nelson had eight points for the Lady Bulldogs. Senior Ali Gibson and freshmen Sydney Garrett and Jadin Left made four points each. Junior Quincy Satran contrib- uted with three points, while freshman Lacey Stark added two. North Mason picked up its game Friday to defeat Port Townsend 42-34 at home. "The game started slow with both teams missing their first four or five shots," Hawkins said. "Both teams were sitting in zones and nei- ther team was able ot get any consistent of- fense going." Down 6-4 heading into the second quar- ter, North Mason found its offensive rhythm to go into halftime up 16- 12. "Sydney Garrett, Shumaker and Satran all hit 3-pointers during the quarter and we were able to get the lead," Hawkins said. Port Townsend got within two points of the Lady Bulldogs a few times in the third quar- ter, Hawkins said, but they were never able to tie the game or take the lead. "Defensively, it was our best effort of the year," Hawkins said. The Lady Bulldogs (1-14) play at 7 p.m. to- morrow at home against Olympic. 4th-quarter surge too little, too late Olympia shuts down Shelton girls basketball's offensive efforts By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty.com Despite netting 19 points in the fourth quarter of its game Friday night, the Shelton girls' basketball team couldn't come home with the win. Mount Tahoma defeated Shelton 66-57 in Tacoma. "This was a game we knew we could win and looking at all of our stats except free throws, we should have," head coach Aaron Leth said. Shelton shot 13-for-37 from the free-throw line. "That's the one stat that hurt us the most and is a big factor why we didn't win," Leth said. Aside from that, the Lady Highclimbers shot higher than 50 percent from behind the 3-point line and played with a field-goal percentage of 39. "We can't let these chances slip through our fingers if we are trying to slip into the last spot to (the 3A West Central District III tournament)," Leth said. According to narrowleague. org, the Shelton girls are No. 5 in the 3A Narrows League. Leth has-said the Lady Highclimbers (2-5 in league) need to overcome North Thurston (4-4 in league) to reach districts. Shelton led the first quarter 18-15, but fell behind in the sec- ond, allowing Mount Tahoma 25 points. The Lady Highclimb- ers went into the locker room at halftime down 40-25. "We talked at halftime about attacking their press but at the same time being patient," Leth said. "Their defense in the half court was not the strongest we have seen and we were able to get the Shots that we wanted." Although Shelton responded in the third quarter, Leth said the team had a big hole to dig out of. "We were down by as many as 21 and the girls just stepped up, led by senior Alyssa York and her defense," Leth said. York had four steals and scored seven of her eight points in the fourth quarter. "Alyssa is a big part of our defense because of her aggres- sion and how fast she moves her feet," Leth said, adding that York had four fouls in the game. Senior Taylor Stroud ran into foul trouble as well, picking up her fifth on a charging foul about 2 minutes into the fourth quarter. "I was disappointed we had lost (Stroud) for the rest of the game, but very proud of the fact that she was attacking the hoop," Leth said. "Sometimes, charging fouls are a 50/50 call." Because of injuries on the team, Leth brought up junior varsity players freshman Mor- gan Leach and sophomore Van- essa Kennedy. "They both played good de- fense and were able to put in a few points and grab some boards for us," Leth said. Senior Jordan Leach led the Lady Highclimbers with 15 points, while senior Cheyenne Overlin and junior Jessica John- son scored 11 each. York netted eight points, while Stroud put up six. Sophomore Aurora Gouley contributed five points with ju- nior Twana Machado and Ken- nedy combining for five points. Injuries and foul trouble hampered the Lady Highclimb- ers' efforts Jan. 22 at Olympia. The girls lost 48-15. "The Olympia game was a tough game; I don't think we were focused going into the game," Leth said. "It's hard when two of your point guards are out with injury and one (Stroud) is on the bench early in the game because of foul trou- ble." He said the Lady Highclimb- ers didn't shoot the ball well. One bright spot from the game was the team earning a season record by shooting 85 percent from the free-throw line. "We have to execute better on the offensive end and be patient enough to let the plays develop," Leth said. Stroud led the team with six points, while Kennedy scored three. Leach, Johnson and Overlin scored two points each. The Lady Highclimbers (3- 11) play next at 7 p.m. tomorrow at North Thurston. 7 Complete this form, clip it and mail to RO. 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