PORT ANGELES — The Vikings now control their destiny.
In front of a packed house on the Olympic Peninsula, North Kitsap prevailed in a game that had the atmosphere of a late February playoff game at the SunDome.
The Vikings can seal their fourth consecutive league championship with a win over Sequim on Feb. 1. Those results were not available at press time. Go to KitsapDailyNews.com for updates.
Against Port Angeles, the North Kitsap defense caused havoc all night, forcing 27 turnovers in a 51-43 victory on Jan. 30 at Port Angeles.
The Roughriders had a tough time dealing with North Kitsap’s speed in transition, and the points came in droves as Port Angeles struggled to take care of the basketball. The Vikings led 30-15 at halftime and 45-25 after three quarters. They extended their lead as far as 51-28 before Port Angeles closed the gap late.
As it has all season, scoring came from the entire lineup. Shaa Humphrey and Connor King scored ten points each for the Vikings and Kai Warren added nine.
A win over Sequim would give North Kitsap the No. 1 Olympic League seed in the district tournament outright. North Kitsap defeated the Wolves 57-41 at home on Jan. 5, but head coach Scott Orness referred to that game as “a grind” thanks to the aggressive brand of defense played by Sequim.
Earning the No. 1 seed would give the Vikings a bye in the first round of the tournament and a home game tentatively scheduled for Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. against the winner of the game between the No. 5 and 7 seeds from the 2A South Puget Sound League.
North Kitsap 51, Port Angeles 43
North Kitsap 12 18 15 6 — 51
Port Angeles 8 7 10 18 — 43
North Kitsap (51) — Humphrey 10, King 10, Warren 9, Hecker 7, Zinn 6, Olmstead 5, Chmielewski 4.
Port Angeles (43) — McGuffey 12, Clark 9, Benedict 5, Johnson 5, Edwards 4, Joslin 3, Schmidt 3, Kathol 2.
— Mark Krulish is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at email@example.com.