CK Lightning strikes Bremerton in 46-36 victory

With playoff ambitions on the line, the CK Lightning tangled with Bremerton Saturday, July 20, in the fast-paced Summer League at Olympic College.

The only problem was that with five minutes to game time, Bremerton only had two players ready to take to the floor. Another player trickled in as phone calls were made to rustle up another body to get the game started.

Fortunately Christina Fontenette, a recent Bremerton High grad, was home and couldn’t pass up the chance to play some hoops.

That made four players ready to dress in Bremerton’s blue and yellow jerseys and the game was on.

With eight on the floor, the CK Lightning jumped out to a 9-5 lead and never looked back as Central Kitsap High grads Annabelle Bacas and Robbie Lee lit up the scoreboard. Bacas scored 11 and Lee, who’s going to play for the Rangers this winter, scored nine.

With nearly nine minutes ticked off the clock in the first 20-minute half, Kaylin Glenn checked into the game for Bremerton and both teams were brought up to full strength with five players on the floor each.

“Half my girls are playing in a tournament in Seattle today,” explained Bremerton coach Daniel McInnis at halftime.

Lightning coach Terri McKinnis had two players missing from her roster with OC-bound Heather Adams out due an injury and CK’s Diana Holland playing in a fastpitch tournament.

“All the girls will be back for the tournament,” McKinnis said of her team which features players from CK and Ridgetop Junior High Schools and CK High. “As long as all the girls are here, we’ll do well.”

While the game had its slow periods, it still showed the high quality of competition the league has to offer.

“The games are definitely better than last summer,” OC coach Rick Peters said. “Of all the team’s that are in it, there’s about six who could win the league tournament.”

The summer league consists of eight varsity teams and five JV teams from Bremerton, Central Kitsap, South Kitsap, North Kitsap, Peninsula, Chimicum and Port Townsend. The single-elimination tournament is Aug. 2-4.

League leaders CK Mirage opted not to play their game Saturday against Port Townsend, citing a number of player injuries and the need to rest for a tournament in Hawaii this week.

So Port Townsend feasted on North Kitsap for its seventh win of the season.

In earlier action Saturday, North Kitsap broke out to a 33-17 lead at the half against the Lightning. But the mid-game break cooled down both teams’ shooting. North didn’t post its first score in the final period until 3:30 ticked off the clock on a free throw and didn’t score from the field for another minute-and-a-half. But the Vikings eventually found their shots and won the game 54-28.

The Lightning didn’t narrow the gaping difference in scores — going on a four minute scoring drought until Robbie Lee scored with 13:20 left on the clock. It was nearly seven minutes later when Bacas scored the Lightning’s next score with a lone free throw.

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