Cougs second in Narrows

GIG HARBOR — Central Kitsap lost its bid for the Narrows League title 16-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-21 to Olympia on Saturday at Gig Harbor High School, but the season carries on for the Cougars.

They’re the No. 2 seed from the Narrows League in Friday’s West Central District Class 4A tournament at Bethel High School and in a good position to move on to state for the first time in Gordy Bushaw’s long tenure.

That’s because the district tournament has switched from pool play to brackets with matches going best of five series. Beat two teams and a trip to Everett is guaranteed.

“You have to win two before you lose two,” Bushaw said during Monday’s practice.

The Cougars might have a different look on the court at 3 p.m. Friday for their first match as Bushaw is pondering putting in junior Ana Hurley at the defensive libero position for the first time this season.

“She’s a strong defensive player who likes to hit,” Bushaw said. “We’ll see how this week goes in practice, but that’s how I’m thinking right now.”

Bushaw said the Cougars struggled with their passing off serves against the Bears.

“Olympia wasn’t a tough serving team, but it was our worst passing match since (a 3-0 loss to) Bellarmine,” Bushaw said. “We’ve got some things to work on and we’re working on them right now.”

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