Bucs defeat 4A Wolves | Girls basketball

The nearly unbeatable South Kitsap Wolves lost to the Kingston Buccaneers Jan. 3.

KINGSTON — The nearly unbeatable South Kitsap Wolves lost to the Kingston Buccaneers Jan. 3.

A healthier Bucs team won 66-54 over the 4A Wolves in the Kingston High School Gymnasium.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” Kingston head coach Gail Wicklein said.

The Wolves, who compete in the Narrows League, had lost to Renton Dec. 13; that was the team’s only loss until they met the Bucs in a non-conference game.

Kingston’s Katelyn Carper led the team with 28 points. “It was an awesome game for her,” Wicklein said.

The Bucs are more healthy than they were last week. Players are returning from sicknesses and injury, Wicklein said.

The win preceded a 62-22 blowout over 1A Chimacum on Jan. 6. The Bucs (4-0, 8-1) are tied in the Olympic League with the Olympic Trojans (4-0, 8-3).

The Bucs and Trojans meet in Kingston at 7 p.m., Jan 9, to decide who will be the Oly League leader.

“Let’s hope we keep playing that way [how the Bucs played against the Wolves] and keep putting pressure on the other team,” Wicklein said. “Keep playing the way Kingston should.”

The Bucs will continue to refine their offense and defense as they prepare for the game against the Trojans. They will keep hitting the weight room, Wicklein said.

Last season, the Bucs and Trojans were 1-1 against each other in conference play. Both teams made the playoffs. The Trojans eliminated the Bucs from contention, however.

It’s going to be a tough match.

“They’re well coached,” Wicklein said. “They’re a team that wants to win.

“We’ll have to take that into consideration.”

Vikings lose by 1

The North Kitsap Vikings lost their fifth game of the season by 1 point Jan. 6.

The Vikings lost 42-41 to the Port Angeles Roughriders (1-2, 4-6).

The loss drops the Vikings (1-3, 4-5) to second to last in the Olympic League.