SEQUIM — The Sequim boys basketball team got off to a hot start and got 21 points from Tyler Mooney in a 65-45 season-opening win Friday over Forks.
The Wolves were up 36-20 at the half against the Spartans. Forks rallied in the second half, but Sequim’s lead was too big to overcome.
“We came out in the first quarter and they just kind of jumped on us,” said Forks coach Rick Gooding. He said the Spartans were able to get the lead down to 11 points, but that “Sequim went into a half-court press that gave us some fits.”
“I was pretty happy with the overall performance of the team last night,” said Sequim coach Greg Glasser. “Although at times it was pretty obvious that it was our first game of the year.”
In addition to Mooney’s big game, Jaydin Possin had 11 points for the Wolves while Cole Smithson had 10.
For Forks, Logan Olson and Logan Urvina each had eight points, while Riley Pursley and Kenton Northcut each had seven.
Gooding said Forks (0-2) has had limited practices due to heavy flooding late last month and some of the basketball players being part of a football team that went deep into the postseason.
“Some kids are still getting out of football mode and into basketball mode,” he said.
Sequim (1-0) played at Fife Saturday night after press deadline and next plays at Bainbridge at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the team’s first Olympic League game.
Forks (0-2) played at Coupeville on Saturday and will next play North Beach at home at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a 2B Pacific League game.
In other scores Friday night, the East Jefferson boys beat Vashon 58-53.
Sequim 65, Forks 45
Seq. 21 15 13 16 — 65
Forks 12 8 11 14 — 45
Forks (45) — Olson 8, Urvina 8, Pursley 7, Northcut 7, Rancourt 6, Doyle 4, Salazar 3, Lausche 2, Micheau.
Sequim (65) — Mooney 21, Possin 11, Smithson 10, Grider 6, Wiker 5, Moore 4, Anderson 3, Green 3, Thompson 2.
Girls basketball Lake Stevens 60, Port Angeles 58
LAKE STEVENS — Going up against a tough 4A school with three players headed to NCAA programs, the Port Angeles girls basketball team held its own in its season-opener Thursday, falling by two points to Lake Stevens 60-58.
The loss snapped a 15-game winning streak for the Roughriders. Port Angeles ended its COVID-shortened 2021 last spring with a perfect 15-0 record.
Lake Stevens has two players — 6-foot-4 Camille Jentzsch and 6-foot-2 Cori Wilcox — committed to play at Eastern Washington and third player, Baylor Thomas, committed to play at West Virginia State.
“Considering that it was our first game of the year against a perennially strong 4A opponent, I thought our effort and quality of play was outstanding. We were able to keep Lake Stevens out of rhythm with our full-court press, and we did a superb job of rebounding against the much-taller Vikings,” said coach Michael Poindexter.
“While our rebounding and our good shooting night from the field kept us competitive, our turnovers [26 for Port Angeles, 20 for Lake Stevens) and lower free-throw percentage [50 percent versus 72 percent for Lake Stevens] hurt us some,” Poindexter said. “Overall, it was an exciting game between two good teams, a game that reminds us how grateful we are to be playing a somewhat normal season again.”
The game was nip-and-tuck down the stretch. Anna Petty tied the game twice in the fourth quarter with clutch 3-pointers at 49-49 and 52-52. The Riders took a brief lead at 54-52 on an inside drive by Petty and assist to Eve Burke for a lay-in. Lake Stevens took the lead back and Port Angeles was again able to tie it twice more at 56-56 and 58-58, but the Vikings got the last score of the game to close it out.
Burke led the Riders with 24 points, 12 rebounds and five steals. Petty had 17 points and Bailee Larson 10 points and seven rebounds. Catie Brown had eight rebounds.
The Riders played Bonney Lake Saturday after press deadline and will next host Bremerton at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a 2A Olympic League opener.
Lake Stevens 60, Port Angeles 58
PA 14 10 15 19 — 58
LS 8 25 9 18 — 60
Port Angeles: Burke 24, Petty 17, Larson 10, McGoff 5, Smith 2, Brown, Felton, Mason, Gedelman, Williams, Sprague
Lake Stevens: Thomas 24, Pattison 16, Jentzsch 10, Delestrez 6, Ellis 4, Edens, Ruiz, Wilcox.
Forks 53, Coupeville 41 Friday night Sequim 61, Forks 44
COUPEVILLE — Forks bounced back form an opening-game loss to beat Coupeville 53-41 on the road Saturday.
“We played a little bit better than the Sequim game. We got those first-game jitters out of the way,” said coach David Hurn.
“We were able to get out and run and use our athleticism, which is our strong point,” he said.
Keira Johnson led the Spartans with 18 points, while Kyra Neel had 14 points and Kadie Wood nine.
In Friday’s game, Jelissa Julmist led the Wolves with 21 points, while Hannah Bates had 15. Neel led the Spartans with 12 points, while Johnson had 11 and Janessa Ramos nine.
Forks (1-1) next plays Tuesday at North Beach in a Pacific 2B League game. Sequim (1-0) next hosts Bainbridge at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Forks 53, Coupeville 41
Forks 18 13 8 14 — 53
C’ville 15 7 13 6 — 41
Forks (53) — Johnson 18, Neel 14, Wood 9, Ramos 6, Sandoval 3, Bouchard 3.
Sequim 61, Forks 44
Seq. 13 17 12 19 — 61
Forks 8 5 10 21 — 44
Sequim (61) — Julmist 19, Bates 15, Vaara 7, Mixon 5, Stephens 5, Wagner 4, Bloomrader 2, Green 2, Kidd 2.