Glimpses of hope are there but the wins are still elusive.
The Peninsula women’s basketball team (1-5 in division, 4-11 overall) was trounced by the Edmonds Tritons, 73-47, on Jan. 19.
The Pirates let Edmonds (2-3 in division, 6-7 overall) slip away in the closing minutes of the first half and never recovered.
Danika Goodwin drilled a shot from beyond the three-point arc with seven minutes remaining in the first half, sending the Pirates toward the Tritons at 26-20. After Jasmine Jackson’s baseline jumper approximately 30 seconds later and Goodwin’s free throw with 5:46 to play, Peninsula cut the lead to three, 26-23.
Edmonds, though, proceeded on an 11-5 run to close the first half leading 37-28, a deficit the Pirates could not erase though they would have the opportunity.
Callie Monfrey netted a two-point bucket with 12:03 to play in the second half, helping Peninsula stay within striking distance, 45-34. The Pirates got a defensive stop and were looking to reduce Edmond’s lead to single digits, but the Tritons’ Cyneice Johnson stepped in front of a Peninsula pass and drove to the basket. Not only did Johnson net two points, but she started an 18-5 Edmonds’ run over the next six minutes that put the Pirates out of reach.
Peninsula shot just 29 percent from the field in the second stanza.
While Edmonds got 31 points from its reserve players, the Pirates bench contributed only two points.
Hints of progress
Although the Pirates have now lost five in a row, all division contests, they showed signs of improvement on Wednesday evening.
On some offensive possessions, they generated open looks at the basket with efficient and smart ball movement. Peninsula also created 15 turnovers, leading to 18 points.
Shawna Thein and Monfrey each scored 12 points to lead the Pirates. Goodwin added 11 scores and eight rebounds.
Four Tritons players cracked double-figures, led by Taylor Christian with 22 scores and seven rebounds.
Samantha Clark turned in a brilliant all-around performance, sinking 13 buckets, collecting nine rebounds, distributing four assists, and nabbing four steals.
Peninsula will head out on the road to face the Everett Trojans (3-2 in division, 7-7 overall) on Jan. 22. Tip-off is at 4 p.m.