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Sports Roundup -- Tough defense keys boys win/Girls rebound with 79-29 romp/Tumblers record 79th straight win

Tough defense keys boys win

Defense, defense, defense.

That’s how the Bainbridge boys basketball team gets the job done, as they allowed just 22 points in the first three quarters en route to a 68-43 home win over West Seattle.

The win keeps the Spartans perfect at home and solidifies their third-place standing in the Metro League Mountain Division.

Forward Theo Miller said the team is benefiting from elder players showing excellent managerial skills.

“We’re really clicking right now,” he said. “It all starts with practice, and all our seniors are doing a really good job of leadership this year.

“It’s not just myself – we’ve got John (Bruns), Chris (Kelly), Luca (Fontana), (Zach) Peach, all those guys. I feel we’ve got a good (vibe) going on. I don’t see that going away any time soon.”

The Spartans got off to a quick 9-0 start in the first, as Coby Gibler and Miller scored six points in the paint and Steven Gray hit a three-pointer.

Bainbridge dominated the second quarter as well. Gray scored 11 points on three three-pointers, while Austin Wood scored four points.

Defensively, the Spartans held the Wildcats to just six points in each of the first two quarters, locking down their offense by denying them any drives to the lane or an open shot.

“I was a defensive player once, I think I’m a defensive coach and (defense) is something that you have to do to win big games,” head coach Scott Orness said. “They played great defense.”

Bainbridge played at Nathan Hale yesterday. Their big matchup against Spencer Hawes and the second-ranked Seattle Prep Panthers is Friday at home.

Miller said that game is “huge.”

“It’s hard not to get excited about that game,” he said. “It’ll be a tough game, but we’ll be ready.”

Tip-off is at 8 p.m.

Girls rebound with 79-29 romp

It may not have been the most exciting game, but the Bainbridge girls basketball team got back on the winning side of things with a 79-29 blowout of West Seattle on Friday.

The Spartans dominated the first quarter, scoring 26 while holding the Wildcats to just six points.

Spartan forward Allie Picha scored eight points in the period, while Caitlyn Salo had seven points. In the second quarter, both teams struggled to score, but the Spartans went on a quick 18-2 run to put the game away.

Kaitlin Bailey scored seven points in the run.

Head coach Penny Gienger felt they did the right things to run their offense properly.

“We executed, we made good plays, we rebounded well,” she said. “I was pretty pleased with our effort tonight.”

She also said the mood of the team was improved after the loss to Chief Sealth on Wednesday.

“It (the loss) was a bit hard to take and you see how many things you have to work on, but on the other hand, you see your weaknesses and you can work on those and try to get better,” she said.

Picha concurred with her coach.

“Coach keeps saying we have to keep thinking how we have to improve upon yesterday, and we did that tonight,” she said.

The Spartans play Nathan Hale today, then host Seattle Prep this Friday.

Tip-off is at 6:15 p.m.

Robert places 2nd in Invitational

Brian Robert finished second to Port Townsend’s Sloan Gutierrez at the 24th annual Island Invitational Saturday.

Robert (18-2) lost by decision 7-2 to Gutierrez, who placed third at State last year.

Matthew Ritualo (16-4) and Eli Narte (11-10) placed third in the 112-pound category and the 103-pound category, respectively. As a team, Bainbridge finished with 90 points.

The Spartans traveled to Eastside Catholic yesterday. They face Nathan Hale tomorrow, then participate in the Renton Invitational over the weekend.

Tumblers record 79th straight win

The Bainbridge gymnastics team won another meet, scoring 163.35 points to finish first ahead of Shorewood, Sehome, Port Angeles, Shorecrest, Capitol and Nathan Hale at Shorewood High last Friday.

Marie Welsh finished second to Courtney Williams of Capitol with a score of 36.85.

Elizabeth Annis was fifth in the all-around score, while Kathleen Callahan was sixth.

Bainbridge hosts Nathan Hale and Ingraham on Friday. The meet time has been changed from 6 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

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