Prep basketball match-up: Sequim vs. Port Angeles When: Friday, Dec. 18 Where: Rick Kaps gymnasium, 601 N. Sequim Ave. Girls’ varsity tip-off: 5:15 p.m. Boys’ varsity tip-off: 7 p.m.
The improvement is showing in the box score but not in the win column.
Sequim's Wolves went toe-to-toe with Port Townsend for three quarters but couldn't keep up in the final period on Friday night, falling 55-43 to one of their top league rivals.
Coach Stephanie Lewis said she's seen improvement from the previous season and game to game.
"(We're) tremendously improved, particularly our rebounding," said the first-year coach.
The Wolves (0-3 in league 0-5 overall) gathered 38 rebounds against the taller, bigger Redskin squad - Sequim's most in the young season.
But strong inside play from Bella Fox and shooting from Brooke Little spelled doom for the host Wolves.
Lea Hopson led Sequim with 17 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists. Rylleigh Zbaraschuk had 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Freshman Haleigh Harrison garnered eight rebounds while Lindsey Soha collected seven boards.
"We've been improving on the rebounding front; that's one of our weaknesses," Lewis said. "We're tying to learn how to be aggressive."
Sequim is looking at incorporating a new defense this week as they prepare for a Friday night match-up with Port Angeles.
The Roughriders are 3-0 and are coming off a 56-54 win at Kingston on Friday night.
Jessica Madison leads the Roughriders with a 24.7 points-per-game average. Teammate Skylar Jones averages 11.3 points per contest.
"We're expecting good size and outside shooting (from Port Angeles)," Lewis said. "We're looking primarily to challenge their guards (and) we're getting back to what we do well: pushing the ball and fast-breaking."
If the Wolves can upset Port Angeles, it'll likely get a boost from a trio of freshmen who have made a big impression on the team and their new coach. Harrison leads the team with a 10 rebounds-per-contest average while Zbaraschuk is second on the team in scoring. Taylor Balkan has picked up plenty of court time as well, helping solidify the point guard spot.
Lewis said that despite coming up empty in the win column, team morale is good.
"We're constantly talking about the positives," she said. "The kids are really focusing on minor improvements ... (but) they're itching for a win."
Mason masters Wolves at home
The road hasn't been friendly to the Sequim High girls hoops squad.
The Wolves dropped their fourth decision in as many games to open the season - all on the road - after a 53-34 loss to North Mason in Belfair on Dec. 8.
Sadee Ingwaldson and Renee Willey scored 10 points each, but it was the Bulldog defense that produced the win, holding Sequim to just three points after one quarter and 11 points by halftime. Hopson led the Wolves with eight points while Harrison had seven points. Zbaraschuk added six points.
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