GIRLS BASKETBALL: Port Angeles romps in opener; Millie Long 25 points, 8 steals, 6 assists

SILVERDALE — Port Angeles forced 39 Klahowya turnovers and yielded no offensive rebounds in soaring past the Eagles 65-18 in the Roughriders’ girls basketball season opener.

Millie Long led the way while playing less than half the contest.

“Millie’s 25 points, eight steals, six assists, and four rebounds came in just 13 minutes of play. She shot 12-for-16 from the field, picking up quite a few of her points in transition,” coach Michael Poindexter said.

“We had evidence of some first-game jitters with some missed shots inside, but we played a solid game overall.

“I was most impressed with our defensive rebounding effort, Klahowya did not get an offensive rebound. We got a little too aggressive on the top of our 2-3 zone and gave up four 3-pointers as a result, something we’ll work on going into next week, when we play four games,” Poindexter said.

Jaida Wood added 10 points and four steals.

Myra Walker led the team in rebounds with seven and also scored four points.

Camille Stensgard had six points and four steals.

Port Angeles (1-0) visits Olympic on Monday.

Port Angeles 83, Klahowya 31

Klah. 9 11 6 5 — 31

PA 14 25 18 26 — 83

Klahowya (31) — Leifeste 11, Lont 9, Slater 5, Kraft 5, Clarke 1.

Port Angeles (83) — Dunning 23, Maestas 16, Cobb 10, Watkins 10, Vaara 10, Clark 6, Hall 4, Wheeler 2, Soule 2.

Forks 44, South Bend 37

SOUTH BEND — The Spartans’ shooting touch cooled in game two, but Forks was able to force turnovers and get buckets in transition to edge the Indians.

“We played a little bit more like I expected us to, we played like we’ve had two practices,” coach David Hurn said.

Freshman Keira Johnson continued her strong start with 21 points, teaming with Kadie Wood to score 23 of the Spartans’ 25 points after halftime.

“Three-year starter Kesia Rowley wasn’t able to make the game, so Keira stepped into the starting spot and her and Kadie generated a lot of offense by their defense at the top of our zone,” Hurn said.

Johnson had 15 of her 21 and Wood scored eight of her nine points in the second half.

“I’m in my fourth year as head coach and fifth overall and it’s nice to finally see some fast-break transition buckets. Keira can run and be aggressive and her and Kadie playing tough D at the top of the zone and getting some easy buckets that way is helpful when you aren’t having a great shooting night.”

Forks 44, South Bend 37

Forks 15 4 14 11 — 44

S. Bend 8 4 10 15 — 37

Forks (44) — Johnson 21, Wood 9, Leverington 6, Neel 5, Wharton 3, Bouchard, Horton, Sandoval.

Central Kitsap 45, East Jefferson 31

PORT TOWNSEND — East Jefferson fell at home to the Class 3A Cougars but coach Lorraine Rimson was impressed with how hard her team competed.

“The effort was unbelievable. I cannot convey how incredible the effort was,” Rimson said. “The game was incredibly physical. Our kids are beat up, but nothing will knock them out. They just keep coming back. I am blown away by their effort.”

Soso Johnston led East Jefferson with 12 points. Gina Brown added eight and Katie Clark had six.

East Jefferson (0-2) hosts Neah Bay on Wednesday.

Central Kitsap 45, East Jefferson 31

CK 14 12 7 12 — 45

EJ 6 9 4 12 — 31

East Jefferson (31) — Johnston 12, Brown 8, Clark 6, J. Nordberg 4, Harris 1, A. Vandenberg, Au. Asbell.

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