POULSBO — What started as a clunky first half of basketball Jan. 8 for the North Kitsap Vikings, transformed into a solid win over the Olympic High School Trojans.
Suffering from turnovers before halftime, the Vikings were down 18-16 on their home court. But the second half was all Vikes.
The team rallied back to score 23 points in the third and 15 points in the fourth. The Vikes won 54-39.
Rebekah Baugh and Molly Lemmon led the way with 16 and 18 points respectively.
Vikings head coach Tim French said Molly, a freshman, has worked tirelessly on defense and is making big strides on offense. Molly's ability to finish at the basket, making shots, is improving, he said.
The win over the Trojans improves the Vikes' league record to 4-3. The Trojans, third in the league, are 5-3.
The Vikings are on the road against Klahowya Jan. 16. Junior Varsity plays at 5:15 p.m., Varsity at 7 p.m.
North Kitsap against Olympic Jan. 8
Final: NK 54, Oly 39
NK 4 12 23 15 — 54
Oly 10 8 14 7 — 39
NK scorers: Molly Lemmon 18, Rebekah Baugh 16, Hannah Snyder 6, Addie Clark 4, Melissa Hamblet 3, Emmalee Nold 3, Sheridan Sanchez 2, Kristin Brown 2
KINGSTON — The league game against the Klahowya Eagles was a rough one for the Buccaneers varsity team Jan. 8.
"Hands down, worst game we've played all year," Bucs head coach Matt Smith said.
The Eagles won 45-34 at home. It is the Eagles' first league win of the season after a seven-game losing streak.
The Bucs are now 3-4 in league.
The Bucs had a 17 percent shot percentage and made six of their 22 free throws. Defensively, the Bucs couldn't stop anyone, Smith said. Smith said it was a "perfect storm" of missed shots and poor defense.
Savannah Turrieta led the Bucs with 10 points.
The Bucs face Port Townsend Jan. 11 at home.
Port Townsend is looking for a rematch against the Bucs, after losing 47-45 Dec. 4. Smith said Port Townsend has two solid post players and a guard. Port Townsend turns the ball over well, he said. The Bucs will need to focus on rebounds and pressuring the ball up front.
Kingston against Klahowya Jan. 8
Final: Klah 45, KHS 34
KHS scorers: Savannah Turrieta 10, Katelyn Carper 7, Aileen Kaye 6, Drew Clark 4, Sarah Hamal 4, Madison Worland 3