Knights out: Vikings girls earn league win

POULSBO — Jennifer Harris had 24 points, six rebounds, six steals and five assists as she led the North Kitsap girls’ basketball team to their first league win, 68-50 over the Bremerton Knights.

POULSBO — Jennifer Harris had 24 points, six rebounds, six steals and five assists as she led the North Kitsap girls’ basketball team to their first league win, 68-50 over the Bremerton Knights.

Brenda Stice added 18 points in the win.

The Vikings’ offense was fueled by their press, which gave North Kitsap 26 steals for the game.

Weedin said the two-guard press, led by the pestering of Lisa Gilbert and Stice, was one of the keys in the game. Harris and Stice had plenty of opportunities to score, Weedin said, thanks to turnovers caused by pressure on the Knights.

The tone was set early, as Katie Swanlund tapped the opening jump ball to a cutting Stice, who went in for the layup.

As the game continued, the Vikings took better care of the ball than usual, committing only 20 turnovers, which is lower than their average.

Molly McCluskey added 14 points and six steals.

North Kitsap (1-2 in league, 3-6 overall) had a 24-point lead when the third quarter ended, with Harris and Stice each scoring 10 in the third frame. That lead gave the team something it hadn’t had last year while earning a two-digit win over the Knights: a comfortable lead. (The win over Bremerton last year was the team’s only victory that season.)

“We were able to relax down the stretch and put it into cruise control,” said Weedin, who added that the Vikings were as happy with the way they won the game as the win itself.

“That’s something they feel happy about, that they can dominate a team if they play up to their capabilities,” he said.

North Kitsap played Shelton on Jan. 10. Results were unavailable at press time.

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