Trojan girls show off speed, shooting ability in 55-34 win while the Cougar boys improved to 2-0 in 72-56 victory
SILVERDALE — In his third season since taking over the Olympic High girls basketball program, Bryan Hanley believes the 2019-20 team is his best shooting squad.
“The ball movement and the shooting was better than … ever,” Hanley said following the Trojans 55-34 win over rival Central Kitsap in the hardcourt version of the Battle of Bucklin Hill Friday at Central Kitsap.
Hanley said while the offense was scattered, the girls didn’t let that break them down and get away from the game plan.
“We are at the end-of-the-season (level) second game in,” he said. “Practices are things of beauty, the ball movement is exquisite and everybody sees it. In my program the key ingredient is if the offense creates an open shot, and you don’t take it, you’re defeating the purpose of the offense. I don’t care if you’re a good shooter or a bad shooter. You’re not on the floor if you’re not at least a decent shooter.”
The Trojans lived up to Hanley’s standards with 25-of-52 shooting (48 percent) and were 9-of-22 (41 percent) from three-point range.
But what impressed Hanley and his coaching staff the most was the eight turnovers committed by Olympic.
Freshman Kayla Brehmer, who had 25 points in the Trojans win over Aberdeen earlier this week, led Oly Friday with 13 points as three players reached double figures in scoring. Jakyiiah Willis and Kaylani Riley each had 12 points while Amiya Jameson scoring eight.
“It was pretty great,” Brehmer said. “We all had the intensity to go out there … when we had the opening shot we took it.”
The Trojans hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter to build an 18-4 lead and were up 33-16 by the end of the first half against the Cougars.
CK put together mini-runs in the second half but it wasn’t enough as Oly continued to sink the outside shot and build a 48-22 lead after three quarters.
“When we executed and got into the offense, it looked really nice,” said Central Kitsap coach Scott Neumann. “We were really making some good cuts, making some wide open layups. I told them (after) defensively they played great. The other team just knocked down shots tonight. They shot 41 percent from 3-point range; sometimes you run into a buzzsaw like that.”
Lecia Sincere led CK with eight points while Charlize Katz and Alexandra Neumann each had seven. Jada Kopp and Pono Fuiava chipped in six points each.
Central Kitsap’s girls may have struggled offensively Friday, but the boys team did not.
Led by the 26 points from Colby White, the Cougars pulled away from Olympic early to improve to 2-0 on the season.
“These non-league games are all about developing kids,” said CK coach Scott McMinds, who added he’s not so much about how much the Cougars win by but “getting guys in and giving them some confidence. We’ve got a lot of young kids on this team.”
Maurice Green, who finished with nine points, and White energized the Cougars early as they took a 14-8 lead after one quarter and went up 47-20 after the first half. Olympic came out stronger in the second half, outscoring CK 16-10 in the third quarter. Senior guard Tyler Lindal finished with 21 points to lead Oly.
The Trojans biggest obstacle was its turnovers, 25 in total.
“When you turn it over 25 times you’re not going to win any basketball games,” said Olympic coach Jon O’Conner. “I thought our defense was really good, our zone was really good, they got probably I would say 3-4 offensive rebounds on multiple possessions and we just didn’t rebound the basketball. We’d get stops and they’d get second chances.”
White, who led with 19 at the break, said beating rival Olympic is a highlight of the season but he knew it would be a physical game no matter the final score.
He’s also found it challenging and fun to help develop the younger players.
“You get to lead them and set it up the next couple of years for them,” he said. “There’s nothing better.”
McMinds said he was unsure what type of team he would have after graduating several starters. Even during tryouts the longtime coach found himself more in a teaching mode than he has in the recent past.
“There’s a lot of growing pains,” he said.