All-Kitsap kudos for Gray, Picha and Salo

Brittany Gray (shown), Allie Picha and Caitlyn Salo were standouts for the Spartans this year. - DOUGLAS CRIST/Staff Photo
Brittany Gray (shown), Allie Picha and Caitlyn Salo were standouts for the Spartans this year.
— image credit: DOUGLAS CRIST/Staff Photo

The trio led the Spartan girls to their best-ever Metro mark.

The Bainbridge girls basketball team exploded out of the gates but stumbled at the end of this season.

With 10 returners and newcomer Brittany Gray, the Spartans won their first 12 games before losing to Chief Sealth.

They recovered to win their next eight games, but lost to the Seahawks again in the Metro League Championship game, then stumbled through the 3A Sea-King District 2, falling just one game short of state.

For their efforts, three Spartans also made the Kitsap News Group’s All-Kitsap team.

Starting five

Brittany Gray, forward, Bainbridge: The freshman forward did pretty well in her first year of prep basketball, averaging 13 points and nine rebounds a game. She looks to be at the forefront of a state run next season.

Megan Hoisington, forward, Central Kitsap: The Narrows League girls MVP, Hoisington was an inside force to be reckoned with this season, averaging 13.9 points and 8.3 rebounds a game. The Cougar senior also swatted 1.3 shots a game and had an average of 3.9 steals, proving she can play tough defense as well.

Jenn Jacobs, guard, Bremerton: An All-Narrows League first-teamer, Jacobs has drawn plenty of attention from NCAA recruiters and led the Knights back to the league tournament this year with a phenomenal 53 percent in three-point shooting, an average of 20.3 points and 2.7 steals.

Shannon White, guard, Olympic: White, at the forefront of the Lady Trojans’ turnaround year, averaged 13.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.65 steals a game. But where she really helped her squad out was in playing smart. White had just 49 turnovers to her 53 steals for a plus-four turnover ratio, rare in high school hoops.

Jade Niemeyer, post, North Kitsap: Junior Niemeyer’s fluid post presence was complemented by her touch from the outside this year as she led the Lady Vikings in scoring, averaging 12.3 points per game. She also averaged nine rebounds and two steals per game in a hindered season.

The bench

Allie Picha, guard, Bainbridge: The senior forward/guard was one of the big keys for the Spartans, averaging 10 points and seven rebounds a game as she helped Bainbridge to its best record ever in the Metro League.

Kayla Bennett, forward, Central Kitsap: Bennett, a transfer from Bremerton, proved to be a key cog in the Cougs 19-0 run to start the year. Averaging 8.6 points and a team-high 8.8 rebounds, Bennett, a senior, also had to battle adversity, including kidney stones that caused her to collapse after one contest. Although Bennett is out for the CK girls playoff run, she was a key part of getting the team there.

Sharrisa Pauley, post, South Kitsap: The senior was one of a few bright spots for the Wolves this season. She led the team in scoring, averaging just over 12 points a game, while being one of the team’s best defenders. Tough inside, Pauley was never afraid to fight for a rebound or loose ball.

Jasmine Hill, forward, North Kitsap: Hill was a rock for the Lady Viking defense and she was equally solid on the offensive end, holding down the paint for the purple and gold. Though the team’s record was dismal for her senior season, Hill’s individual numbers cruised nearly to a double-double as she averaged 8.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

Megan Spence, forward, King’s West: Spence was half of a two-headed monster in the low post for King’s West, carrying the Warriors back to the top of the Sea-tac League and the state tournament. She scored 19.6 points and averaged 7.8 rebounds per game during the season.

Candace Grettenberger, forward, Bremerton: Grettenberger quietly put up great numbers while opponents keyed in on Jacobs. The Lady Knight forced foes to think about stopping somebody else when she put up a double-double on an ordinary night, averaging 10.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

Chloe Mosey, forward, King’s West: Along with Spence, the 6-footer made teams like North Kitsap and North Mason worry about the little B school on Chico Way in early season contests. Mosey was a powerhouse hitting the boards for 12.9 rebounds a game to add to her 15.3 point average.

Also tough

Caitlyn Salo, guard, Bainbridge: The junior point guard is quiet, but tough as she kept the Spartans offense running smoothly throughout the season. She averaged nine points per game and led the team with 3.5 steals and four assists per game.

Kaileigh Westermann, wing, South Kitsap: Just a sophomore, Westermann is the future of the Wolves’ program. A tough inside player, she averaged eight points and five rebounds a game.

Patricia Lewis, forward, Bremerton: Stats didn’t fully reflect the heart and intensity the undersized post brought to her team. Lighting the Knights’ fire, Lewis tallied 6.8 points and 8.5 rebounds a game.

Dacotah Ettl, forward, Central Kitsap: When opponents keyed up on Hoisington inside, Ettl usually made them pay for it, averaging 8.3 points per game. While Ettl can bang inside, her best asset is her ability to play the outside just as well.

Pepper Fanua, post, Olympic: The junior showed her versatility by working hard on the inside for the Trojan ladies. Scoring 6.6 points and a team-high 5.5 boards per game, Fanua also averaged 2.25 steals per game.

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