North Kitsap’s girls basketball team sat at 6-4 halfway through the season and looked stagnant.
The Vikings failed to score more than 50 points in half of those games. However, North Kitsap gained momentum at the end of the season, including its final regular-season victory against Olympic 67-42.
“I am feeling good with how we are playing right now,” coach Karla DeVries said. “We just secured fourth place.”
The Vikings obtained the final allocation for the West Central District 2A tournament with a 10-9 record while scoring 75, 74 and 67 points in their final three games.
“We are finally making our shots,” DeVries said. “When we are making our shots, the confidence is contagious and that’s the difference. We were not shooting well in the first half of the season.”
North Kitsap’s players made shots from all over the court against Olympic. Tiffany Le began the game with a pair of three-pointers, and Avery Kline scored a few points underneath the basket.
“The first half of the season we were pounding it inside and teams figured that out,” DeVries said. “They are collapsing so it’s opening for our guards to shoot. If they are not shooting, it will not open up the inside.”
Olympic responded early when Sophia Brown and Megan Krell combined for 15 points in the first quarter. Brown continued to score, giving the Trojans a 19-15 lead at the beginning of the second quarter. But the Vikings guards responded.
Jasmyn Sunnenberg scored five points as the Vikings took a 37-25 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, Teegan DeVries and Coriana McMillian got on the board with a few baskets as well. The Vikings never looked back, taking a commanding lead before the final buzzer rang.