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Girls off to roaring start

(From top) The Spartan bench cheers on their teammates;  Angela Failla drives to the hoop Saturday as Viking senior Jessie Eadie tries to block the shot.  - JULIE BUSCH photo
(From top) The Spartan bench cheers on their teammates; Angela Failla drives to the hoop Saturday as Viking senior Jessie Eadie tries to block the shot.
— image credit: JULIE BUSCH photo

The Spartans win first three of season.

POULSBO ­– It didn’t take long for the Bainbridge girls basketball team to make a statement.

They’ve won the first three games of the season: 51-42 over Cleveland last Wednesday, 49-40 over Rainier Beach on Friday and 63-33 over North Kitsap on Saturday, all on the road.

“We’ve grown a lot in three games,” head coach Penny Gienger said. “We’ve had a lot of growing pains, but we’ve been able to win with the growing pains, which is really nice.”

One player who hasn’t gone through any growing pains is Brittany Gray. The freshman forward averaged a double-double (12 points and 10 rebounds) in the first three contests.

Against North Kitsap, Gray was attacked constantly near the basket and scored just two points in the first quarter, both on free throws. That was how the Spartans got most of their points in the first, as the Vikings were too aggressive in committing seven fouls.

Despite North Kitsap blowing several layups – a problem that plagued them the entire game – Bainbridge only led by three early, and Viking center Lindsey Sprague tied it at 13.

But the Spartans retook the lead on a Julia Weese putback, which started a Bainbridge run. Caitlyn Salo added a putback of her own after Gray grabbed a rebound off a missed foul shot, and Salo drained a three that pushed the lead to 27-16 at the half.

In the second, the Spartans went on a 12-2 run to increase the lead to 47-22, thanks to Lindsey Bratonia who scored six in the last few minutes of the period and Gray, who put in four.

“Our defense was pretty good,” Gienger said. “They outworked us in the first half, but we came out and took it to them in the second half.”

Bainbridge will play their home opener against Ingraham today at Paski Gym. Game time is at 7:30 p.m.

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