Pirate Dena Houser lines up a free throw in the second half of a 52-46 loss to Edmonds on Feb. 17. Houser led the Pirates with 15 points. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell
Two steps forward and two steps back tend to get a person — or an entire team — nowhere.
That’s how Peninsula Pirate coach Ali Crumb likened her team’s 52-46 loss to Edmonds on Feb. 17.
Down 27-14 at halftime, the Pirates closed the gap to low double digits at several points in the second half. But untimely turnovers and some cold shooting ultimately spelled doom for the home squad.
“I was impressed with their physical effort,” Crumb said. “The mental effort was down for sure. We were not focused.”
Peninsula hit just 15 of 49 shots from the field (31 percent) and had 28 turnovers.
Dena Houser led Peninsula with 15 points and Danika Goodwin added 10 points. Emily Garner led the team with nine rebounds and teammate Blair Musgrove had three steals and a block.
Whitney Anderson led Edmonds with 16 points while Sam Guliaso had 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Triton win helped the visitors stay in the race for the NWAACC North division’s fourth and final playoff seed.
It was Peninsula’s 19th loss of the season and sends the Pirates to an 0-7 mark at home.
Crumb, the first year coach, said there are plenty of opportunities for her players to be distracted — a losing record, playoffs out of the questions, injuries abound — but that none of them are a worthy excuse to give minimal effort.
“I think they’re getting too comfortable with losing,” Crumb said. “It’s a skill to learn how to win.”
Peninsula is back in action Saturday night at Everett before finishing the season against Shoreline.