South Kitsap’s Jonathan Walters tries to get by a pressuring Puyallup guard. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

South Kitsap’s Jonathan Walters tries to get by a pressuring Puyallup guard. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Hoops roundup: South Kitsap boys fall at home, girls victorious on the road; Klahowya sweeps doubleheader with Crosspoint

PORT ORCHARD — The Wolves had another rough night shooting from the floor while Puyallup’s sharpshooters were on target as the first place Vikings rolled past South Kitsap, 76-42 on Thursday.

Puyallup hit 11 3-pointers, including five by junior Luke Holcomb who scored a game-high 25 points. Meanwhile, South Kitsap struggled with turnovers and getting into an offensive rhythm thanks to Puyallup’s intense full-court press.

“Teams have shot the ball well against us this year,” said South Kitsap head coach Brian Cox. “We have to get out on the perimeter. We’ll keep working at it, there’s a lot of basketball to be played.”

South Kitsap was able to hang around for a little while. Kyler Kelso hit a big 3-pointer from the wing to pull the Wolves back within five in the first quarter, and the team only trailed by nine at halftime. But a 24-4 third quarter that went in Puyallup’s favor was far too much to overcome.

The Wolves will have little time to reflect on the loss with a road trip to Olympia on Saturday, which will mark the beginning of the second half of the league season.

“I’m really looking for our three captains to help turn this thing around, and I believe they will,” Cox said.

Puyallup 76, South Kitsap 42

PU 16 18 24 18 — 76

SK 11 14 4 13 — 42

Puyallup (76) — Holcomb 25, Dwyer 14, Campbell 13, Uluilakepa 13, Lovett 6, Lemalu 3, Thomas 2.

South Kitsap (42) — Kelso 12, Morkert 9, Coleman 7, Harvey 6, Segerman 2, Vance 2, Walters 2, Canton 1, Kees 1.

South Kitsap girls knock off Puyallup on the road

PUYALLUP — South Kitsap partisans did get some good news Thursday night as the girls team went on the road and improved their league record to 3-5 this season with a win over Puyallup.

The Wolves got big performances from three of their top players. Freshman Kiki Prudhomme led the team with 14 points while junior guard Areeza Amian chipped in 13. Justyne Niemann added five points and also collected 18 rebounds while Danae Hughes had 10 rebounds and five points.

The win has them currently tied for the last playoff spot with Olympia, and that is who they will face on Saturday down at the state capital in a varsity doubleheader.

South Kitsap 48, Puyallup 37

SK — 14 9 11 14 — 48

PU — 12 9 7 9 — 37

South Kitsap (48) — Prudhomme 14, Amian 13, Niemann 5, Hughes 5, Compton 4, Loudermilk 3, Byrd 2, Spandler 2.

Klahowya boys and girls sweep Crosspoint

SILVERDALE — The Klahowya girls won their seventh game in their past eight contests on Thursday, knocking off Crosspoint Academy, 55-31.

Katie Cooper led the way for the Eagles with a double-double, racking up 13 points and 14 rebounds. Ella Koebelin added 11 points, six assists and six steals while Kyla Radford chipped in 12 points and five rebounds.

The Klahowya boys defeated the Crosspoint boys 53-33 in the second-half of the double-header.

Klahowya 55, Crosspoint 31

CP 5 8 5 13 — 31

KL 15 15 11 14 — 55

Klahowya (55) — Cooper 13, Radford 12, Koebelin 11, Hudson 4, Caldwell 4, Mardo 3, Greene 2, Phillips 2, Seals 2, Templeton 2.

Drew Kraft with 16 points

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