Wildcats outlast Spartans in girls Metro hoops battle

Spartan sophomore wing Katie Usellis fights for a rebound during the home game against West Seattle. - Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review
Spartan sophomore wing Katie Usellis fights for a rebound during the home game against West Seattle.
— image credit: Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review

PASKI GYMNASIUM - Bainbridge ran into a West Seattle roadblock as the Wildcats rolled to a 53-31 win in girls varsity basketball during the first game of a Metro League double-header Saturday, Jan. 18 in Paski Gymnasium.

The loss was the Spartans third in a row, and the victory preserved West Seattle’s spot at the top of the Metro’s Sound Division.

“I think we could beat a team like that,” said Spartan Head Coach Nicole Hebner. “I think that offensively things just weren’t working for us tonight. They’re [West Seattle] a very great team, they execute very, very well.”

West Seattle took the offensive lead quickly, and remained superior in points for the entire game, leading 31-15 at the end of the first half and 40-19 going into the final quarter.

Staying strong throughout the game was something that Hebner said she and the team had been discussing as an area of needed improvement.

“We can’t give up,” Hebner said. “We talked a lot about heart, playing defense and going and getting the loose balls.”

Things didn’t get easier for the Spartans this week.

“We’ve got a big week,” Hebner said. “We’ve got Nathan Hale away on Wednesday and then Holy Names, the top-ranked team in the state, on Friday. Both of those will be good tests. We’ve got to work on our offense, putting the ball in the basket.”

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