PREP BASKETBALL: Sequim girls win three-way playoff to advance to District

PORT TOWNSEND — Down by eight points in the second half of a shortened do-or-die game, the Sequim girls came on strong, outscoring Bremerton 19-6 down the stretch to pull out a victory and grab the No. 4 postseason seed out of the Olympic League 2A Division.

The Wolves had to play an unusual “pigtail” game because they tied at 5-7 with Bremerton and Kingston. Bremerton and Kingston played a half-game at a neutral court in Port Townsend Saturday, then the winner, Bremerton, faced Sequim.

The Knights took a 13-5 lead in the first half of the 16-minute game, but the Wolves stormed back in the second half. Adrienne Haggerty led Sequim with 13 points.

With the victory, Sequim gets to keep playing. The girls will play Lindbergh at Woodrow Wilson High School in Tacoma at 7:45 p.m. Thursday. Lindbergh in the South Puget Sound 2A League, Mountain Division, was 10-4 (14-8 overall).

Sequim 24, Bremerton 19

Bremerton 13 6 — 19

Sequim 5 19 — 24

Bremerton (19) — Gonzales 6, Lamboreaux 5, Heriford 3, Derda 3, Weatherford 2.

Sequim (24) — Haggerty 13, Christiansen 5, Sparks 3, Green 3.

Neah Bay 68, Chief Kitsap 14

POULSBO — The Neah Bay boys and girls wrapped up their regular seasons with identical 17-3 records by beating Chief Kitsap on the road.

The Red Devils girls won their eighth-straight game Friday, beating Chief Kitsap 68-14.

Cei’J Gagnon and Tristin Johnson led the Red Devils with 16 points each. Brianna Jimmicum had 10 points, while Starlena Halttunen scored eight.

Neah Bay (9-0, 17-3) is next scheduled to play at the girls 1B Tri-District Tournament Feb. 16 at Mount Vernon Christian High School.

The Clallam Bay girls (12-5 overall), who finished second to Neah Bay in the North Olympic 1B League, are set to play Feb. 14 at the Tri-District Tournament at Mount Christian High School.

Neah Bay 68, Chief Kitsap 14

Neah Bay 30 10 21 7 — 68

Chief Kitsap 4 2 3 5 — 14

Neah Bay (68) — Gagnon 16, Johnson 16, Jimmicum 10, Halttunen 8, Aguirre 6, McCarty 5, Della 2.

Chief Kitsap (14) — Coure 7, Chiefstick 7.

Chimacum 42, Klahowya 36 (OT)

SILVERDALE — The Chimacum girls ended their regular season as they began it — with an overtime victory.

The Cowboys won 42-36 over Klahowya to finish the regular season with a winning record of 11-9.

“Klawhoya had made a couple nice adjustments since Tuesday when they had came to our gym and they played with a lot of energy on their senior night. In contrast I thought we where a little overconfident coming in and didn’t work as hard as I am accustomed to seeing,” said coach Trevor Huntingford.

“I think as frustrating as it may have been to not see us performing where I thought we could and it is funny because I had faith we would get it going at some point and put the game away and in the fourth quarter. I just saw a look in the huddle that told me we would finish the game. When push came to shove we made big plays and in overtime we looked confident,” Huntingford said.

Mechelle Nisbet led the Cowboys with 20 points. Huntingford said Alice Yaley was also big on defense and on the boards.

“She was absolutely a monster tonight,” he said.

Chimacum (4-5, 9-11), the No. 3 seed out of the Olympic League 1A Division next plays in the West Central District 3 1A Girls Basketball Tournament at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bellarmine Prep High School in Tacoma against the Nisqually League No. 4 seed. It appears that will likely be Vashon (5-14 overall).

Chimacum 42, Klahowya 36 (OT)

Chimacum 8 9 8 8 9 — 42

Klahowya 11 7 10 5 3 — 36

Chimacum (42) — Jada Trafton 2, M. Nisbet 20, Dowling 11, S. Nisbet 7, Horner 2

Klahowya (36) — Eberhard 4, Smith 2, Bumbalough 12, Mills 7, Hough 5, James 6.

Coupeville 41, Port Townsend 31

COUPEVILLE — The Port Townsend girls played Coupeville dead even for three quarters, but one bad quarter sunk the Redhawks.

Coupeville beat Port Townsend 41-31 in the final regular-season game of the year Saturday for both teams. Coupeville went 9-0 in the Olympic League 1A Division. The Redhawks (5-4, 10-8) finished in second place.

Kaitlyn Meek led the Redhawks with 10 points while Jaz Apker-Montoya scored eight and Izzy Hammett seven.

Port Townsend was outscored by Coupeville 16-4 in the second quarter.

“In the second quarter they got loose from us as far as their 3-point shooting,” said coach Scott Wilson. Wilson said the Redhawks effectively clamped down on the Wolves’ offense in the second half, but they were never able to make up the deficit from the second quarter.

Port Townsend will next play at home at 7 p.m. Saturday in a West Central District 3 1A Girls Basketball Tournament game against Cascade Christian from the Nisqually League.

Coupeville 41, Port Townsend 31

Port Townsend 10 4 12 5 — 31

Coupeville 10 16 11 4 — 41

Port Townsend (31) — Meek 10, Apker-Montoya 8, Hammett 7, Carson 5, Nielsen 1.

Coupeville (41) — Kellner 11, Elfrank 11, Roberts 7, M. Littlejohn 5, Briscoe 4, K. Littlejohn 3.

Boys Basketball

Neah Bay 69, Chief Kitsap 44

POULSBO — The Neah Bay boys won their 16th straight game with a 69-44 win over Chief Kitsap.

Chief Kitsap had just five losses all year, with three of those losses to Neah Bay.

The Red Devils, ranked No. 13 in the WIAA’s initial RPI rankings, are now ranked No. 1 at the 1B level. Neah Bay, the defending 1B state champion, has not lost since Christmas.

Rwehabura Munyagi and Anthony Bitegeko led the Red Devils Friday night with 19 points each. Kenrick Doherty Jr. and Cameron Moore had 10 points each and Cole Svec 8.

Neah Bay (9-0, 17-3) will next scheduled to play in the 1B Tri-District Tournament on Feb. 16 at Mount Vernon Christian High School.

Neah Bay 69, Chief Kitsap 44

Neah Bay 19 7 19 24 — 69

Chief Kitsap 6 15 6 17 — 44

Neah Bay (69) — Munyagi 19, Bitegeko 19, Doherty 10, Moore 10, Svec 8, Greene 3.

Chief Kitsap (44) — Moss 18, Chargualaf 10, Delafuente 7, Gwinn 4, Sipai 3, Sigo 2.

Port Townsend 85, Coupeville 53

PORT TOWNSEND — In senior Berkley Hill’s final home game, the Redhawks gave him a going-away present with a 85-53 win over Coupeville to finish the Olympic League 1A Division season undefeated.

Port Townsend (9-0, 15-4) as a No. 1 seed will next sit and wait to see who it will play in the postseason nine days from now.

Detrius Kelsall hit six 3-pointers and scored 24 to lead the Redhawks. He nearlyhad a triple-double with 11 boards and nine assists Hill had 16 with four boards and four assists in his last game at home.

Kaiden Parcher and Noa Montoya each added 18, with Parcher adding six boards. Jacob Boucher had seven assists.

Coach Tom Webster said that while Hill, much like Kelsall, is a deadeye shooter from outside, against the Wolves, he scored all of his points inside or from midrange.

“It really shows what he can do,” Webster said.

Webster said the Redhawks played well and really wanted to finish the season undefeated. Port Townsend will next play at Bellarmine Prep High School on Feb. 15. Webster said the Redhawks will likely play the winner of a play-in game between Cascade Christian and Seattle Christian.

Port Townsend 85, Coupeville 53

Coupeville 9 17 14 13 — 53

Port Townsend 23 22 22 19 — 85

Coupeville (53) — Smith 21, Spark 14, Shank 6, Wynn 4, Toomey-Stout 4, Lippo 4.

Port Townsend (85) — Kelsall 26, Hill 18, Montoya 18, Parcher 18, Hammett 6, Boucher 3.

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Sports Editor Pierre LaBossiere can be contacted at 360-417-3525 or [email protected]

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