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EAST BREMERTON — Was it a do or die game for the Olympic Trojans Thursday night?

Maybe, maybe not. Either way, Olympic’s 56-48 girls basketball win over the Sequim Wolves will go a long way in helping the Trojans secure a playoff spot.

The Trojans are in fourth place in the Olympic League 2A with four playoff spots available to the district tournament next month. The win bolstered Olympic in the standings to 4-4 (6-9 overall) while Sequim (2-6, 4-9 overall) remained in fifth.

“We needed this one,” Olympic guard Brilee Triggs said, adding what they worked on in practice Wednesday they were able to accomplish during the game. “We all executed during the game and that’s what we needed.”

Olympic had three players score in double figures, a first for the team this season, as they transitioned to a new coach, Bryan Hanley, a new system and a new way of competing.

Triggs finished with 15 points, Kiki Mitchell contributed 14 points and Zoie Matheny had 10 for Olympic. Allanah Mitchell nearly joined the club, finishing with eight points.

But, as Hanley’s teams typically get stronger as the season progresses, Olympic believes they’ve weathered the worst and are coming out better each time they take to the court.

“It certainly helps our path,” Hanley said of the win that moved them to .500. “We’re hoping we can sneak up on somebody (else),” he said.

Olympic started strong and held a 14-5 lead in the first quarter but floundered in the second. The Trojans backed off what they were doing well — mainly driving to the basket, looking for an open man and getting rebounds. That gave Sequim the opening it needed and the Wolves took advantage.

Sequim outscored the Trojans 16-3 to end the half with a 21-17 lead.

“We have a tendency to hang our heads when things don’t go our way,” Hanley said. “We’ve been working hard on getting that arrested, recalibrate and building on the stuff that was successful in the first quarter.”

Olympic came out of the break with renewed energy.

Kiki Mitchell opened the game with a driving layup and the Trojans picked away at Sequim’s lead until Triggs’ layup gave Oly a 28-27 lead with 3:25 to go in the third. Matheny’s layup to start the fourth made it 38-32 Olympic and the Wolves never led again. Triggs added to the lead off a great pass from Allanah Mitchell to make it 46-38.

Despite a long jumper by Sequim’s Pilar Aliseda cut into Olympic’s lead, 49-45, the Trojans countered and increased the score at the free-throw line (they shot 76 percent) and timely buckets.

“I’m pleased with some of the maturity, the mental growth,” Hanley said. “I think that will be a huge step in our development. You get one nano-second to hang your head and then you get your butt back in the game.”

The Trojans have been successful the last several seasons and have been a perennial playoff team from the OL. Indeed, Olympic is coming off its first trip to the state tournament in more than 20 years and the players want to experience that again.

“We don’t want our season to end in February,” Triggs said.

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