Peninsula’s Jimesha Collins tries to drive past Everett’s Karissa Tri in the first half of the Pirates’ nine-point loss on Jan. 20. Sequim Gazette photos by Michael Dashiell
Perhaps it's the new blood, or a team finally figuring out what they can do.
Whatever the case, Peninsula's women have a win in conference play, downing the host Shoreline Dolphins 68-55 on Saturday night.
Newcomers Danika Goodwin and Brianna DeSantis came up big for their new team, each scoring 20 points as the Pirates (1-7 in conference, 2-14 overall) kept Shoreline winless in NWAACC action.
"That was the first time
that we played like a team," Peninsula coach Alison Crumb said. "The atmosphere was different. We didn't let the game control our momentum."
Goodwin, a Port Angeles grad who played at Pacific Lutheran before transferring to Peninsula, collected team highs with eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals in 35 minutes.
DeSantis, a Las Vegas native, hit eight of 13 shots from the field and had four blocked shots.
"Those two are finally finding their role on the team," Crumb said. "They are both team-oriented people. I think their teammates have responded well with that."
Despite a free throw disparity (10 P.C. attempts to Shoreline's 24), the Pirates held their hosts to just 33-percent shooting and forced 21 turnovers.
It's Peninsula's first win since Dec. 11, a 45-39 victory against Grays Harbor at the Raider Invitational in Lakewood - a total of 12 consecutive defeats.
"Losing that many games in a row ... it's exhausting really," Crumb said. "I'm excited about the second half of the season. I haven't been this positive all year. I'm glad that we're peaking right now."
Peninsula takes on Olympic on Jan. 30. The Rangers may be without star scorer Jodi Mitchell, who is nursing a bruised knee she injured Saturday night.
A rough start spoiled a fine finish.
Everett jumped out to what seemed an insurmountable 43-19 lead by halftime, helping the Trojans survive Peninsula's big second-half run in a 65-56 win in Port Angeles on Jan. 20.
Anna Work and Mary Ochiltree led Everett with 16 points each as they held the Pirates to just 22-percent shooting in the first half.
Goodwin and Blair Musgrove led P.C.'s big second-half surge. Goodwin hit for 15 points and seven rebounds while Musgrove added 15 points, six rebounds and six steals. Jimesha Collins had 12 points and Emily Garner chipped in with eight points and six rebounds.
The Trojans built their first-half lead and hitting the offensive boards, but the Pirates made it a game in the second 20-minute half with voracious pressure.
Two days earlier, the Pirates dropped a 68-56 decision at Edmonds.
Reach Michael Dashiell at firstname.lastname@example.org.