The Viking girls basketball team wrapped up their post season Feb. 7 in Bremerton with a loss against the Crosspoint Academy Warriors in an unfinished grudge match from a one point loss last year.
The Warriors revealed their game plan early in the first quarter, hitting deep two and three pointers against a good Viking defense. Full court pressure by Orcas disrupted the Warrior's game while an early block by Shelbi Rogers and a steal by Aliviah Garcia helped keep the game close, but Bella Nigretto was sidelined after diving for a ball. In excellent team play, five Orcas players scored by the end of the first quarter, lead by Alicia Susol with four points, but still trailed 17-11.
The Vikings took the majority of the second quarter catching the Warriors, and with 34 seconds left in quarter, had narrowed the Crosspoint lead 25-24. With Nigretto back on the court, she lead the quarter with six points, helped with scoring from four other Vikings.
After halftime adjustments, the teams squared off in a competitive third quarter, with Orcas tying the score 32-32 with 2:12 remaining in the third. Full court Viking pressure helped limit the time for Crosspoint to set up their sharp shooters, but Warrior Cailyn Cattell continued to dominate the paint, collecting rebounds and scoring off missed shots. But despite team scoring by the Vikings, the Warriors outpaced Orcas 38-34 by the end of the third quarter.
Typically strong in the fourth quarter, the Vikings uncharacteristically stumbled with turnovers and missed shots while abandoning their full court pressure. With 5:36 remaining in the game, the Warriors had bounced their lead to 46-36 and began to slow down their game. As Viking shooting continued to freeze, only Viking Lana Bronn managed to score two points in the quarter as the Warriors methodically used every second of the shot clock, sending the Vikings home with a 50-36 loss.
Coach Gregg Sasan said “It was a tough game, the ball at the end was not dropping for us and we didn't rebound like we should have. We played tough defense but road games are always tough.” Reflecting on his first season, Sasan said the girls were “very disciplined, fun to coach and he looks forward to next year.”