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Lady Wildcats win opener Team overcomes early struggles to score blowout
The Mount Si Wildcats girls basketball team opened the season Saturday evening, Nov. 29, in rousing fashion, as they overcame first half struggles to break out to a big early lead and roll to an easy victory over another group of ‘Cats, these from West Seattle.
Caitie Richards scored a game-high 22 points as the Mount Si girls won 68-29 in the game at West Seattle High School.
“It was good. I’m so impressed with how we’re playing,” Richards said. We’re going to have a good season. I can tell already,” Richards said.
“We’ve been working hard to clean up some things, and we’re trying to develop a consistent level of play,” said Mount Si coach Dirk Hansen. “Tonight’s just one game, but I’m really happy for these kids to get a nice win like this to open up the season.”
Mount Si blew out to an 18-4 lead after the first quarter. Despite many turnovers, scarlet and gray was able to use their defense to their advantage, forcing just as many West Seattle turnovers. Mount Si also got balanced scoring, as Aubrey Larion added 13 points, and Traci Nelson pitched in 10 to aid the cause. Karly Thompson picked up eight points and Jori Braun contributed six, all in the fourth quarter, to pace the action.
Millie Osborne and Kayla Kliphardt scored nine points apiece to lead West Seattle.
Mount Si this week heads to Port Angeles to take on the Olympic League’s Port Angeles Roughriders.
“We had to really work hard to get nonleague games this year with the conference changes,” Hansen said. “We had to get eight nonleague games; I had to work hard to get those, and I’m not as enthused about having to travel so far. I know a lot of parents aren’t either.
“But, you know what, it’s a basketball game. We try to take the motto ‘we’ll play anybody, anywhere, anytime,’” he said.
Game time is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at Port Angeles High School. Players will not miss class time.