BREMERTON — The Olympic College women’s basketball team shot 50 percent from the field in the first quarter but the Rangers weren’t able to keep up the furious pace set by the Chokers as Grays Harbor won 78-68 at Bremer Student Gym Friday night.
Olympic finished shooting just 33.8 percent from the field (25-of-74) in the Northwest Athletic Conference game.
Libby Borgonia led the Rangers with 21 points, going 5-of-15 from 3-point range and 7-of-21 from the field. Sarah Howerton chipped in 14 points and six rebounds while Brittini Blake had 10 points as did Lexi Ioane.
Olympic set the pace in the first half by getting posts Ioane and Blake active down low to draw in the Chokers’ defense. That allowed the Borgonia and Howerton to get some open looks on the perimeter and the Rangers (3-9) took a 25-19 lead after the first period.
Grays Harbor (13-1) upped the pace before halftime to outscore the Rangers 22-12 and take a 41-37 lead into the break.
“They were so quick we were having a hard time getting a body on their post,” Olympic coach Dave Hawkins said. “We need to slow the ball down more and get our bigs into the game. We’ve got some size … we talked about it in our pre-game, play more inside-out. When we do that I think we’re a little more successful.”
The Chokers continued with their uptempo game, scoring in transition and staying active on defense to take a 17-point lead in the second half.
“When we start to get our foot on the accelerator we start to get turnovers, we start to get a little ragged,” Hawkins said.
Grays Harbor kept about a 10-point lead for most of the fourth quarter as the Rangers were unable to gain ground despite some long-range shots by Borgonia and inside baskets by Blake.
Olympic will play at 5 p.m. next Wednesday at Skagit Valley. Their scheduled Saturday game against Green River was canceled.