LACEY — The Wolves trailed by 13 at halftime in their season opening game against North Thurston, but shutdown the Rams thereafter and came back to win, 34-33.
South Kitsap was behind 24-11 at the break when they switched to a full court press and held North Thurston to just nine points in the second half.
Freshman post Justyne Niemann, who scored a team-high ten points, hit the tie-breaking free throw with six seconds left. South Kitsap shot 10-for-18 from the free throw line overall.
The Rams got one final possession, but the defense, which had been the glue for the team the entire game, held them off the board one last time and sealed the first win of the season.
Another freshman, Kiki Prudhomme, added eight points and a few key steals.
The Wolves open their SPSL season on Thursday at Curtis. Their first home game is at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 against Olympia.
North Kitsap boys fly past Foss, 90-63
The Vikings opened the season with a challenge against Foss, a team they usually face toward the end of the district tournament, and passed their first test with flying colors.
North Kitsap had a 24-11 lead after the first quarter and never let up. Five different players scored in double digits in a 90-63 victory.
Shaa Humphrey led the way with 22 points and Kobe McMillian had 19 points to go along with five assists. Sophomore point guard Johny Olmsted had 14 points, seven rebounds, six assists and six steals and Logan Chmielewski chipped in 10 points and 16 rebounds. Jonas La Tour added 13 points.
The rest of Monday’s scores
Central Kitsap 52, North Mason 35
White River 85, Olympic 60
Sequim 45, Klahowya 37
Central Kitsap 43, North Mason 39
Sequim 73, Klahowya 17