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i- i- I, ). e 6 d it r'- Y ) r- Y Lady Owls 2-0 in first week By EMILY HANSON emily masoncoun corn A third-quarter scoring surge propelled the Mary M. Knight girls basketball team to victory in its first game of the season. On Dec. 10, the Lady Owls defeated Muckle- shoot 56-23 after scoring 22 points in the third quarter. '~e had a half-court trapping defense in the third quarter and we caused a lot of turnovers," head coach Lance Valley said. "We also had five 3-point shots in that quarter." Although the team nor- mally has slow third quar- ters, Valley said using the trap defense got the girls more in the flow of the game. "We will use the half- court trap more this sea- son," he added. Senior Miranda Sowle led the team, putting up 18 points, collecting four steals and handing out five as- sists. Junior Emily Ackley scored 12 points, while se- nior Lauren Dierkop con- tributed 10 points and ju- nior Jaycee Valley added seven points. Dierkop led the team with 10 rebounds. "Normally, I like to run man-to-man defense, but with this group, the zone will work better," Valley said. This season, the team has four returning play- ers: Sowle, Ackley, Dierkop and Valley. The remain- ing three players -- Wil- low Boothe, Mary Koonrad and Kaylee Sowle -- are in eighth grade. "With the zone, there's less risk of foul trouble and with a small bench, we need to stay out of foul trouble," the coach said. The team followed the victory with a 60-18 victory Saturday at Clallam Bay. "We started a little sluggish early in the first quarter, afLer a long bus ride," Valley said. "We then switched to the half-court trap on defense and started forcing turnovers, which led to many fastbreak layins. Defensively, we are being very active with our hands getting a lot of deflections." Miranda Sowle led the team again, this time with 20 points, eight rebounds, eight steals, four asists and five blocks. Jaycee Valley put up 10 points and grabbed seven reboundS, while Kaylee Sowle had 10 points, six re- bounds, six steals and five assists: The Lady Owls (2-0) play against Quinault at 5:45 p.m. tomorrow at Quinault. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-7 Journal photos by Emily Hanson Shelton junior Ella Pinter drives toward the hoop Dec. 10 during the Lady Highclimbers' home game against Wilson. By EMILY HANSON emi/y@masoncoun com The Shelton girls had a rough week. In three games from Dec. 8 to Dec. 12, the Lady Highclimbers lost in total points 190-97. It started with a 52-23 loss to Bremerton on Dec. 8. "We came out and were not ready to play," head coach Aaron Leth said. "We did not get back in transition on the defensive end. Our shooting percentage was the low- est it has been in a year. We didn't shoot well as a team at all." He said Bremerton did a good job of hav- ing hands in the passing lanes. "We telegraphed a lot of our passes, which ended in turnovers," Leth said. Junior Kiara Budge led Shelton with five points, three assists, three steals and four rebounds. Sophomore Palge Johnson, senior Kiana Wily, sophomore Morgan Leach and fresh- man Jazmine Griffin scored four points each. Shelton then opened its 3A Narrows Shelton freshman Jazmine Griffin lines up a free throw attempt. League scheduled with a 75-15 loss to Wil- son on Dec. 10 at home. "This was a tough game for us, playing against last year's fii~-place team in state," Leth said. "Wilson returned everyone but one from last year's team. We had our work cut out for us. They are extremely fast and react to every pass." Wilson was too fast for Shelton and the Lady Highclimbers didn't do a good job of protecting their end of the floor, Leth said. "We cannot cont'mue to dribble into dou- ble teams," he added. Johnson led the Lady Highclimbers with nine points, while Griffin scored three and junior Aurora Gouley scored two points. Finally, Capital defeated Shelton 63-39 Friday night in Olympia. "We just didn't execute our game," Leth said. "Paige Johnson had a good game on the board, but we were without Budge, who had been sick two days leading up to the game, and Wily rolled her ankle in the fourth quarter and had to sit. She is out for us the next couple of games." Johnson led the team with 18 points, while Leach scored seven po'mts. Gouley and Griffin put up four points each. The Lady Highclimbers (0-5) play at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Central Kitsap. By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounty.com The Mary M. Knight boys basketball team secured its first victory of the season last week. On Saturday, the Owls de- feated Clallam Bay 40-36. "It was a great win," head coach Joclin Julmist said. "The seniors played well and so did the eighth-graders." Senior Austin Renecker led the team with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while se- nior James Anderson scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Eighth-grader Jason Ken- yon contributed nine points and grabbed six rebounds, while eighth-grader Adam Goldsby had five points and two rebounds. Freshman Jason Shaw add- ed four points and had two re- bounds. This was the team's third game of the season and its first victory. On Dec. 10, Muckleshoot beat the Owls 49-33. "We did a lot better job of rebounding compared to our previous game, but still are very stagnant on offense," assistant coach Cory O'Neil said. "It was very encouraging seeing the young eighth-grad- ers step up, especially (Zack) Thompson's rebounding abil- ity and Goldsby's craftiness on offense." Shaw led the team with 16 points, three rebounds, two steals and one block. Anderson put up six points, while Goldsby had four. "There is still room for much improvement in every area, but we are young and will learn what it takes to win over time." The Owls (1-2) play against Twin Valley tomorrow night at Lake Quinault. The boys game will start after the girls' 5:45 p.m. game ends. first continued from page B-1 Shelton also switched from man-to-man defense to zone, which Pringle said caught Bremerton off guard. Speaks led the team with 28 points, 10 rebounds and one block while Woodard and DeAndre scored eight points apiece. Pringle said the High- climbers' rebounding and defense were the key to vic- tory. "We were forcing them to throw the ball and getting a couple of steals in key mo- ments," he added. "This was a total team victory." The Highclimbers lost 85- 43 on Dec. 10 to Wilson in Tacoma. "We came-out real tight and nervous in the first half," Pringle said of the team's first 3A Narrows League con- test of the season. "Wilson jumped out to a big lead. We settled in the second quarter, but Wilson couldn't miss any shots." In the second half, Shel- ton began forcing turnovers and capitalizing on them, but it wasn't enough to take the lead. "The highlight was Drew Cruse," Pringle said. "He got two clutch 3-point shots to get us back in the game in the second quarter." Shelton (1-5) plays against Central Kitsap at 7 p.m. to- morrow in the Mini Dome.