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Cougar girls: 30 straight Bridge victories

Beating rival Olympic by what Central Kitsap coach Denise Baxter called the team’s largest margin of victory this year, CK showed just why the squad continues to move toward perfection.

The 67-32 home win, which improved the Cougs to 16-0 this year, was one of CK’s most complete efforts all season.

“It seemed like the first time we played them we just kind of toyed around,” Baxter said. “But we’re playing with a lot more confidence.”

That’s a scary prospect for the Narrows League, as CK hasn’t lost a league game now for 30-straight contests dating back to the 2003-04 season.

Leading the charge this time was the clutch bench shooting of Kim Kummer, who drilled 14 points to finish second behind Megan Hoisington’s 15.

“Kim had a great game,” Baxter said. “Any time you have a kid coming off the bench like that, it’s awesome.”

Kelsey Anchors leveled some sharpshooting against CK, scoring 12 points to lead the Trojans (5-12, 3-7), who are still alive in the playoff hunt.

Olympic right now is one game behind North Kitsap and Port Angeles for the final Bridge spot.

Trojan coach Al Gleich called the loss another “learning experience” for his young team.

Gleich said even though the rivalry loses its league implications when Oly defects from the Narrows League next year, it will always be meaningful.

“It’ll always be a rivalry,” Gleich said. “It’ll be a good game next time. They’ll lose a lot and we’ll add a lot.”

Even though Oly is still in the playoff hunt, Gleich said he’s thinking more long term — although a berth wouldn’t hurt.

“I just hope we play well the rest of the year,” Gleich said. “I’m not talking wins and losses, just playing the best we can.”

Baxter said the big thing now will be ignoring the streak, the polls and the prospect that CK has a strong chance of getting back to state. She did say as a result of all that, CK can’t overlook anyone.

“We’ll be ready to go,” she said. “They’re a bunch of gamers.”

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