The Eagles boys and girls doubled down on the visiting Warriors Thursday
SILVERDALE — With both Crosspoint and Klahowya trying to be the team to push the pace and get a man out ahead of the defense, the result was a chaotic and sloppy first half.
The final outcome was a 53-33 win by the Eagles in a boys basketball non-league game Thursday.
The Klahowya girls opened the doubleheader with a win over the Warriors, 55-32, to give the Eagles a sweep at home.
The Eagle boys were coming off a dramatic last-second win over top-10 Vashon Island earlier in the week and have won three of their last four.
“It’s a great win for us,” said Klahowya coach Bryan Thoemke. “Our guys have the attitude that we’re going to get better every game and prepare for the next one.”
Drew Kraft led Klahowya with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Preston Roberts had 10 points, eight steals and eight rebounds.
Neither team shot particularly well but Klahowya took a 22-11 lead into halftime. The biggest roar of the game came Damon Clarke took a pass from Nicholas Lewis with .9 seconds left and sunk a near mid-court bucket at the buzzer.
“There were some possessions that were really solid where we got the high-low game going,” Thoemke said, adding he would like to see more consistency.
The Warriors came out with more accuracy in the third period to get within 28-23 on three-pointers. Zach Lamkin of Crosspoint went inside after getting a pass from Owen Wyatt in the fourth but Klahowya (6-6) kept a 10-point lead in the fourth and pulled away on a 8-0 run for a 46-28 lead to put the game out of reach.
“It was ugly at times,” said Crosspoint coach Derrin Doty of the uneven rhythm of the game. “Unforced turnovers at times by both teams, a lot of three-second calls, it was not the prettiest game to watch if you’re a fan.”
Doty said halftime was a much-needed break as the Warriors (5-4) settled in and made a run at Klahowya. “We finally had shots fall, Gage (Broderson) hit a couple three’s and then Ethan (Walter) hit one so all of a sudden we were within five.”
Klahowya (6-6) answered with a three in that sequence but Doty was glad to see his team fight back.
“That’s what I want to see is we have to punch people back when we get punched in the face,” he said, adding it’s why he was fighting harder than normal and incurred his first coaching technical.
It also didn’t help the Warriors to have point guard and leading scorer in foul trouble — he had four in the first half — which limited aspects of his game. Doty still led with 10 points and Owen Wyatt finished with four assists and four steals.
“We are young with mainly sophomores so we will take our lumps and have some great moments this season,” Derrin Doty said. “In the next two years we should be really good.”
The Klahowya girls improved to 7-6 for the season and earned its third straight win. The Eagles face North Mason Friday then will be on the road their next four games, including at Chimacum and Port Townsend for critical Olympic League 1A games.
Klahowya will be without senior guard Maile Lueck for the time being. Lueck suffered a concussion against Vashon Island Tuesday.
Freshman Lindsey Templeton started for Lueck but left the game in the second half due to a possible knee injury. She was being evaluated Friday and is day-to-day.
Despite feeling under the weather and the Warriors defense that keyed in on her every move, sophomore Ella Koebelin finished with 13 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals for the Eagles. Katie Cooper also had 13 points and 14 rebounds and two steals. Kyla Radford also contributed 12 points, five rebounds and two steals.
The Eagles jumped out to a 15-5 lead after one period and doubled it at halftime, 30-13.
Klahowya coach Chris Koebelin said the team missed Lueck’s presence on the court but also didn’t react as well as he would have liked to Crosspoint’s defense.
“We should have owned that inside,” Koebelin said.
Niki Haruka led all players with 23 points and two steals (no turnovers) as the sophomore point guard led the way for the Warriors.
Koebelin had nothing but praise for Haruka.
“I think she’s fantastic, a great shooter,” he said. “She played with confidence, smiling having a great time. She killed us.”
Blessing Rene finished with 14 rebounds, three assists and three steals while Kristina Dupont had five rebounds and three blocks for the Warriors (5-4).
“We fight hard and we play our game,” Crosspoint coach Andy Alford said. “We came in wanting to shut down fifteen (Ella Koebelin), we didn’t completely shut her down.”
Alford said Haruka has been averaging 25 points a game with a high of 32. “She’s a good player, has a good shot.”
The biggest struggle for the Warriors is their lack of depth. The team started with nine on its roster at the beginning of the season and was down to seven Thursday. Senior post Grace Briner was limited due to injury and only played a few minutes and “she was missed underneath the basket,” Alford added.