Bucs in 3-way tie for second | Girls basketball

KINGSTON — The Buccaneers are in contention for second place in the Olympic League after stomping the Klahowya Eagles Jan. 13.

The Bucs are tied 6-2 in conference play with the Olympic Trojans and Sequim Wolves. Port Angeles (8-0) is the league leader.

"Kingston's always competitive," head coach Gail Wicklein said.

The Bucs are on a three-game win streak. They travel to Bremerton to play the Knights Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.

The Knights (2-6) are near the bottom of the league; just one game ahead of the Eagles (1-7). North Mason (0-8) is last.

The Knights will have their hands full against the Bucs, including Napua Fontes, who is averaging 12.4 points per game, five assists per game, and and average of 6.1 rebounds per game.

"I would say Napua Fontes is kind of our spark," Wicklein said. Fontes is not alone in her efforts. Drew Clark is averaging 10.5 points per game, and about 10 rebounds per game.

Kingston's Aileen Kay has 7.3 points per game.

And Kingston's Anna Gaines — who may not score much — is "like the coach on the court," Wicklein said. Gaines moves players around, and has key rebounds, Wicklein said.

The Bucs began separating themselves from the bottom five teams with the first game in January against North Mason.

The Bucs continued their streak with a 63-61 win over the North Kitsap Vikings Jan. 10. The loss was the second for the Vikes in a three-game losing streak.

"That was crazy," Wicklein said of the game against the Vikes. "We got our money's worth."

The Vikes look to end the losing streak Jan. 15 against North Mason at home at 7 p.m. A win will keep them in fifth.

Olympic League standings

Port Angeles 8-0
Olympic 6-2
Kingston 6-2
Sequim 6-2
North Kitsap 4-4
Port Townsend 3-5
Bremerton 2-6
Klahowya 1-7
North Mason 0-8


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