Cougar girls face key games

"Tuesday could be a big day for the Central Kitsap girls basketball team.If the Cougars won at home against Sequim last night, they would be tied with North Kitsap for the Olympic League's second Class 4A West Central District tournament berth. If they lost, they would fall a full game behind the Vikings, who were idle.Either way, Tuesday's game between the two teams at Central Kitsap looms large in the playoff picture. After last Tuesday's (Feb. 1) 87-41 win over Klahowya, the Cougars are in position to win a trip to districts for the third straight year.Beth Robinson made two free throws with one second left as CK won the first meeting of the two teams 52-51 Jan. 7 at Poulsbo. The Cougs came back from a three-point deficit in the last minute and a half to steal the victory.A victory last night would've boosted CK's record to 8-4 (11-5 overall).Central Kitsap 87, Klahowya 41: Robinson topped four Cougars in double figures scoring with a season-high 17. She also had eight steals. Anna Garner pitched in 14 points and Haylee Hanson and Lindsey Whyte 10 each. Hanson also grabbed 10 rebounds.N. Kitsap 71, Olympic 39: The Vikings got revenge for their upset 61-59 defeat the previous week at Silverdale, outscoring the Trojans 42-19 in the second half.Shar Agee and Morgan Willis managed eight points each for Olympic.Boys basketballEmmanuel Johnson had a team-high 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Central Kitsap squashed visiting Klahowya 78-40. The Eagles stayed within hailing distance through the first half, when they trailed 34-23, but the Cougars put themselves out of reach with a 25-8 third quarter.Seattle Lutheran 59, King's West 50One long road has come to an end. Another, Rick Walker hopes, begins today.It's a new season, said Walker after his King's West boys team finished its regular-season schedule with a 59-50 loss to Sea-Tac B League South Division champion Seattle Lutheran Thursday night at Gundy Hall.We need to learn what our weaknesses have been and overcome them, and learn what our strengths have been and improve them, said Walker.The Warriors didn't have long to learn. They begin league tournament play tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Pacific Christian in Des Moines for seeding into the first two rounds Tuesday and Thursday. At stake are berths in the Tri-District Tournament.Seattle Lutheran came into Thursday's game with a perfect 9-0 division record. But the Warriors (5-5 league, 9-11 overall) looked like they wanted to make the first dent on the season's last night. Brandin Jones' 3-point basket - one of his four on the evening - staked them to a 19-11 lead, and their conscientious zone defense seemed to be frustrating the Saints.That was before Seth Caine took a step back and decided to take over the game. Caine had three baskets, two of them from 3-point range, in a 10-0 run that erased KW's lead over a 2 1/2-minute stretch. The Warriors' Chris Moye countered with a three-point play off a dandy cut to the basket and assist from Sam Smith, but Tommy Mathews scored once himself and fed Caine for a breakaway layup to put Seattle Lutheran ahead 25-22 at halftime.Caine had two more treys early in the third quarter to help the Saints stay ahead until teammate Tyrone Shephard heated up, leading a surge that pulled SL out to a 46-33 advantage by quarter's end.It's tough stopping Caine, said Walker of the Saints' 5-foot-11 junior sharpshooter, who finished with 26 points. Our guys should know where he is, but he got open.In the first half, we played within ourselves, Walker said. We looked pretty good."

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