Sports: Well-matched teams go down to the wire — Port Townsend wins

CHIMACUM — How evenly matched was the Chimacum High School and Port Townsend High School girls basketball teams?

With just a minute to go in a West Central District loser-out playoff game Tuesday night, both squads’ best player was on the bench.

The two leading seniors — Chimacum’s Caitlin Eldridge and Port Townsend’s Erica Amico, had fouled out.

It was going to come down to the role players to gut it out in front of a raucous, bipartisan crowd at Chimacum.

The Chimacum boys team, meanwhile, beat Orting earlier in the evening in a doubleheader to advance and play on Saturday.

Fortunately for the Port Townsend girls, its team was just a little bit deeper.

Despite a game-high 32-point effort from Eldridge, it was the Redskins who, with the help of freshmen playmakers Kala Amico and Kari Sly, came out victorious in a double-overtime 75-72 thriller.

With the game tied at 72 apiece and just 49 seconds to go in the second overtime, Port Townsend head coach Randy Maag called Kala’s number.

The play was designed to free up Kala to drive down the middle with the option to pass, and when the defense committed to Kala, she dished it off to Sly, who finished the play with a quick lay-in.

“We really wanted this and I’m just happy we won it,” Kala said.

The Cowboys had a chance to even the score on the next trip, but Kala intercepted an errant Cowboy pass and was intentionally fouled.

In the first overtime, the Redskins were on the verge of victory when Chimacum’s Kylie Garing drained a dramatic 3-point shot with two seconds left in the period that tied up the game at 67-67.

The Cowboys were without their two best players in Eldridge and Bethany Friedrich but despite that grabbed an early 70-67 lead in the second overtime.

Yet Chimacum’s downfall came because of struggles at the free-throw line. The team shot 2-for-8 in the deciding frame.

“My hats off to the seniors for Chimacum,” Maag said. “They fought their butts off until the end.”

More in Sports

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Lefties' Golden Tate hits into an RBI double as Bend catcher Isah Burk looks on during a game in June at Port Angeles Civic Field.
PORT ANGELES LEFTIES: Lefties pulled in the fans again this season

Team had a shot at postseason late; several individuals had great seasons

Dick Brown Tournament winners
YOUTH BASEBALL: Port Angeles teams shine at Dick Brown tournament

The 11- and 12-year-old divisions were both won by… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Dan James
Nearly 800 people rode in the Tour de Lavender this weekend in Sequim and Dungeness valleys, with the event expected to raise $20,000 to help main the Olympic Peninsula Trail.
CYCLING: Tour de Lavender returns to pre-pandemic levels

Cyclists returned to pre-pandemic numbers for the Tour de Lavender… Continue reading

More days of recreational shrimping are being added for the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca.
(Eric Winther/Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)
OUTDOORS: Shrimp days added for eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca

With quota remaining in the recreational spot shrimp fishery, state… Continue reading

Port Angeles Lefties
PORT ANGELES LEFTIES: Nanaimo sweeps Lefties to end season

The Port Angeles Lefties completed their season on the… Continue reading

Photo by Sam Nugent
Extreme Slug Racing’s 2022 winner, Big Kahuna, sponsored by Northwest Board Room, pauses for a photo after winning race No. 1 and No. 2 in Saturday’s annual event. The races are held in conjunction with Joyce Daze, with all proceeds benefiting Clallam County Fire district No. 4 in Joyce.
JOYCE DAZE: Big Kahuna dominates the slug races

Big Kahuna, sponsored by Northwest Board Room, outpaced the field… Continue reading

SeaWalker charter skipper Fred Walker caught this good-sized chinook while fishing out of Neah Bay. Upon filetting, the flesh was found to be white, caused by a recessive genetic trait found mainly in kings from the Fraser River north to Alaska.
OUTDOORS: White kings a genetic rarity

Hatchery coho fishery until Sept. 25 in Marine Area 9

Most Read