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Cougs takes down Lady Knights once again

Olympic’s Osvaldo Vera tries to avoid getting pinned by Klahowya’s Karl Neumann in a 130-pound match as referee Scott Krone gets ready to make the call. Neumann was able to get the pin in 3 minutes, 10 seconds and wound up placing fourth in the weight class. - Kent Soule/Hoot Creek Photography
Olympic’s Osvaldo Vera tries to avoid getting pinned by Klahowya’s Karl Neumann in a 130-pound match as referee Scott Krone gets ready to make the call. Neumann was able to get the pin in 3 minutes, 10 seconds and wound up placing fourth in the weight class.
— image credit: Kent Soule/Hoot Creek Photography

One down, six to go.

The Central Kitsap Lady Cougars took one of the biggest remaining steps toward a repeat Narrows League Bridge Division title with a 67-55 home win against Bremerton on Friday.

With the win, CK (12-1, 8-0) began the second half of league play the same way they finished the first half – with a win. And with just six games left, including tonight’s contest with Shelton on the road, the Lady Cougars have a legit chance at going undefeated in league.

But don’t think CK coach Denise Baxter is looking that far ahead.

“Why are you going to look ahead?” Baxter said. “Why would you do that? I’m not arrogant enough to do that. We’ve been there so many times, we just need to focus on getting better.”

The prospect of this CK team getting better is scary when considering the way they controlled Bremerton (10-4, 5-3) for the second time this season. CK beat Bremerton 61-39 in Bremerton last month.

But Baxter said the biggest gain out of this win came in the form of experience.

“The best thing about this game from a coaching standpoint is the end,” Baxter said. “We had every hard working, role playing kid in the game. He’s got all his starters. My kids held them off. That’s very valuable experience.”

CK let the bench speak for itself as the Lady Cougars held off a 22-point fourth quarter to hang on to the win.

The game was never very close, with CK riding a hot first-half shooting by guards Randie Lee and Emily Zygmontowicz. The pair combined for four three pointers in the first half. Lee had 10 of her 13 in the first half, and Zygmontowicz scored 14 of her 18 before the break to lead CK to a 37-25 lead at the half.

“Randie did an awesome job,” Baxter said. “Emily had probably one of her best games. Her best games on body control and defense. When she takes the pressure off she’s really good.”

Bremerton coach Daniel McInnis said what most CK opposing coaches have said this season: The key to the game was Megan Hoisington.

“We had a couple of runs,” McInnis said. “The big thing was we couldn’t keep her off the glass or out of the middle. We gave her second and third shots. She is tall and big. We talked about doubling her, but we just couldn’t do it.”

Hoisington finished with a game-high 19 points and 15 boards. Those numbers came despite early foul trouble, which kept Hoisington off the court of the final two minutes of the first and all of the second.

Baxter said another big step for the team was proving they can still control a game without having Hoisington on the floor. Coty Ettl had four points, two rebounds and a block while filling in for Hoisington.

“It speaks a lot of or sophomores,” Baxter said. “Coty, she’s a great young body. She knew she had to step up and perform.”

McInnis said the Lady Knights need to just stay loose when playing teams like the Lady Cougars. The two squads split their games last year.

“We know we can beat them,” McInnis said. “We just have to come out looser and play better. We had a good push at the end, but it was a little bit late.”

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