<em>Kingston senior Avy Hiner (4), lets go of a shot as she’s surrounded by Central Kitsap defenders in her team’s 59-49 victory on Dec. 20.</em>Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group

Kingston senior Avy Hiner (4), lets go of a shot as she’s surrounded by Central Kitsap defenders in her team’s 59-49 victory on Dec. 20. Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group

Kingston takes charge in 59-49 win over Central Kitsap

KINGSTON — The Buccaneers had escaped the third quarter with a two-point lead after a furious charge by Central Kitsap.

Needing to rally after a 13-3 run by the Cougars, seniors Lily Beaulieu and Avy Hiner answered the call.

Beaulieu opened the final frame by drilling a 3-pointer from the wing, which sparked a 16-0 run that also featured Hiner’s dominance underneath the hoop with a pair of baskets from the paint.

In all, the duo combined for 15 of Kingston’s 16 fourth-quarter points, propelling their team to a 59-49 win over Central Kitsap on Dec. 20. Beaulieu finished the game with a team-high 18 points and Hiner was right behind her with 16.

“We had worked so hard to that point,” Beaulieu said. “We knew we couldn’t let it slip away from us.”

The Buccaneers had learned a good lesson from their game against Sehome two nights earlier on Dec. 18 — down by 12 points at halftime, Kingston rallied back in the second half to defeat the Mariners, 45-43. Head coach Charles Deam’s advice to his team in the locker room that night: “12 points is nothing.”

“I told them the same thing tonight,” Deam said after the win over Central Kitsap. “We were up 12 and CK was probably in the locker room saying ‘12 points is nothing.’ It’s a game of runs, they’re going to eventually go on a run, we’re going to have to weather that storm and come back. I felt like they did that pretty good. They showed some mental toughness, they weathered that run and we went on a run of our own.”

Vanessa Davies was a big part of that third quarter run for Central Kitsap. The senior point guard scored nine of her game-high 24 points as she led the Cougars back from a 34-22 halftime deficit. Davies slashed her way to the basket on seemingly every possession, drawing fouls and then hitting her free throws. She was aided by fellow senior Olivia Krog, who scored consecutive baskets just before the period ended as part of a 13-point performance.

“They were a lot scrappier than I’ve seen them,” Deam said of his team’s opponent. “They hit some shots and they worked through our trap well and hit their open passes. They scrapped all night.”

But every time the Cougars found some momentum, Kingston was able to wrestle it away. Late in the second quarter, a pair of free throws by Krog brought Central Kitsap within nine, but on the next possession, Karliegh Gomez beat the halftime buzzer with a 3-pointer from the wing.

Kingston 59, Central Kitsap 49

Central Kitsap10 1219 8 – 49

Kingston 17 17 9 16 – 59

Central Kitsap (49) – Davies 24, Krog 13, Pilchard 6, Taylor 5, Neumann 1.

Kingston (59) – Beaulieu 18, A. Hiner 16, Gomez 10, Halady 6, Deam 5, Denning 2, E. Hiner 2.

More in Sports

Mark Krulish
Kraken hope slow and steady wins the race

The tortoise and the hare, one of Aesop’s fables, is one of… Continue reading

q
Kiwanis Park gets new disc golf putting green

It’s golf, but without the heavy clubs, carts and dress code, and… Continue reading

Chad Rounds, Jimmy Lee Burrus and Ryan Hough on the water at the completion of the Warrior Paddle. (Contributed photo)
Veterans paddle to raise awareness for mental health

Armed Forces veterans know what it means to face a challenge head-on.… Continue reading

Raul Ruidiaz tries to squeeze by a Sporting KC defender in Seattle’s 3-1 loss on Sunday at Lummen Field. (Mike Fiechtner/Sounders FC Communications)
Sounders win at Austin, lose at home, but stay in 1st

With a number of veteran players remaining out of the lineup due… Continue reading

The Bainbridge LL Senior All Stars were coached by Larry Goode and Life Horwitz. The players were: Christian Benze, McCrea Curfman, Garrett Goade, Conor Grady, Spencer Grady, Matthew Grant, Jack Grant, Ben Hobbs, Monty Horowitz, Judah Marshall, Andrew O’Connell, Isaac Sellers, Miles Wieland, Owen Bernstein and AJ Stevens. (Photo courtesy Ed Wieland)
BI baseball team that almost wasn’t goes 15-2

At the beginning of the Little League season, it looked like the… Continue reading

Mark Krulish
Krulish: 2021 sports season one we’ll never forget

It was likely the shortest high school sports season in state history,… Continue reading

New Seattle Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol listens during a news conference June, 24 in Seattle. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times via AP)
Seattle Kraken putting together NHL coaching staff

The Seattle Kraken inaugural season is rapidly approaching, and with the expansion… Continue reading

Ben Kussie digs out of the box for the Reds in the 18th annual old-timers and alumni Stars and Strikes game as MacKenzie Bond waits on deck. Bond tripled home Kussie in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and send it to extra innings. (Photo courtesy Paimon Jaberi)
Reds win BI’s Stars and Strikes game with walkoff double

Participants glad to be back after year off due to COVID

Most Read