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All-Kitsap Girls Basketball roster announced

They may look and act just like average high school girls. They giggle with friends and chat up their cell phones just as much as the next girl. But looks can be deceiving.

These are no average high school girls. These ladies are basketball players to the core.

On the court they are as aggressive and tough as they come, playing through injuries and taking charges and elbows.

These are the girls that make up the 2005-06 All-Kitsap County Girls Basketball Team.

For Central Kitsap, the year started off to a storybook start, winning 19 in a row. And while things didn’t go so well down the stretch, the Lady Cougs never gave up, narrowly falling to Bellarmine for the West Central District’s No. 7 seed. It was a heartbreaking exit for another stellar senior class of Lady Cougars, led by Bridge Division MVP Megan Hoisington.

Olympic nearly made the postseason with a very young core centered around a tough sophomore class. While the Lady Trojans fell just short, the team’s seven wins were its most since the 2001-02 season, when the squad won eight games. The Lady Trojans had won just four games in the seasons in between.

While Klahowya also improved, the Lady Eagles still have a long way to go, claiming just one win this season. But that was still one more than the squad had last year. And while Klahowya did struggle, they too return a strong core to keep building on.

The Central Kitsap Reporter, Port Orchard Independent, North Kitsap Herald, Bainbridge Island Review and Bremerton Patriot have collaborated to compile the All-Kitsap County teams for boys and girls basketball. The teams include the best players from area schools that not only performed well individually, but played a role in the success of their teams as well.

All-Kitsap County Girls Basketball Team

Starters

Megan Hoisington, forward, Central Kitsap: The Narrows League girls MVP, Hoisington was an inside forced to be reckoned with this season, averaging 13.9 points and 8.3 rebounds a game. The Cougar senior also swatted 1.3 shots a game and had an average of 3.9 steals, proving she can play tough defense as well.

Brittany Gray, forward, Bainbridge: The freshman forward did pretty well in her first year of prep basketball, averaging 13 points and nine rebounds a game. She hopes to be at the forefront of a state run next season.

Jenn Jacobs, guard, Bremerton: An All-Narrows League first-teamer, Jacobs has drawn plenty of attention from NCAA recruiters and led the Knights back to the league tournament this year with a phenomenal 53 three-point shooting percentage, 20.3 points a game and 2.7 steals in an average contest.

Shannon White, guard, Olympic: White, at the forefront of the Lady Trojans’ turnaround year, averaged 13.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.65 steals a game. But where she really helped her squad out was in playing smart. White had just 49 turnovers to her 53 steals for a plus-4 turnover ratio, rare in high school hoops.

Jade Niemeyer, post, North Kitsap: The junior Niemeyer’s fluid post presence was complimented well by her touch from the outside this year as she led the Lady Vikings in scoring, averaging 12.3 points per game. She also averaged nine rebounds and two steals per game on a hindered season. Halfway through the year she suffered sprains to her wrist and ankle simultaneously in practice which caused her to miss two games; none-the-less Niemeyer finished the year with a 20-point performance and proving that she’ll lead North next year.

Bench

Allie Picha, guard, Bainbridge: The senior forward/guard was one of the big keys for the Spartans, averaging 10 points and 7 rebounds a game as she helped Bainbridge to its best record ever in the Metro League.

Kayla Bennett, forward, Central Kitsap: Bennett, a transfer from Bremerton, proved to be a key cog in the Cougs 19-0 run to start the year. Averaging 8.6 points and a team-high 8.8 rebounds, Bennett, a senior, also had to battle adversity, including kidney stones that caused her to collapse after one contest. Although Bennett was out for the CK girls playoff run, she was a key part of getting the team there.

Sharrisa Pauley, post, South Kitsap: The senior was one of a few bright spots for the Wolves this season. She led the team in scoring, averaging just over 12 points a game, while being one of the team’s best defenders. Tough inside, Pauley was never afraid to fight for a rebound or loose ball.

Jasmine Hill, forward, North Kitsap: North senior Hill was a rock for the Lady Viking defense and she was equally solid on the offensive end, holding down the paint for the purple and gold. Though the team’s record was dismal for her senior season, Hill’s individual numbers cruised nearly to a double-double as she averaged 8.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

Megan Spence, forward, King’s West: Spence was half of a two-headed monster in the low post for King’s West, carrying the Warriors back to the top of the SeaTac League and the state tournament. She scored 19.6 points and averaged 7.8 rebounds per game during the regular season.

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