Olympia girls basketball coach Tina Washington understands exactly what it will take for her Bears to win games this year.
“Defense and transition game,” Washington said. “We’re too small to play any other way.”
Undersized Olympia certainly played big against visiting Capital, routing the Cougars, 75-29, in a non-league matchup to notch the Bears’ first win of the season Wednesday.
Jenna Randich was one of 11 Bears to score in the contest, chipping in a game-high 18 points as Olympia improved its record to 1-4.
The Bears also received 11 points from Mackenzie Cooper and 10 from Sophie Wood in the victory.
Rachel Fenton paced Capital (2-2) with 11 points.
Washington’s plan of attack was evident early on — constantly rotate in players who run on offense and play hard-nosed full-court defense.
“We ask them to give us everything they have for two to four minutes,” Washington said. “They do that and then we get a fresh crew in there.”
Fresh legs helped the Bears to a 67-27 lead early in the fourth quarter, leading to a running clock the final six minutes.
Olympia held a 38-15 lead at halftime after getting 16 points from Randich.
The Bears won last year’s contest, 42-41.
This one wasn’t nearly as close and was essentially over after Olympia closed the first quarter on a 13-2 run to take a 19-8 cushion into the second quarter.
The lead ballooned to 20 points at 33-13 on a Randich free throw with 2:23 remaining before halftime.
Leticia Farias and Autumn Baker scored eight and seven points, respectively, for Olympia.
Spencer Pettit added seven points for the Cougars.
At Olympia 54, Capital 38: Khalil Matheney scored 17 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to power the Bears over the Cougars in the non-league contest.
Matheney hit five of his six 3-pointers in the second half, turning a tie midway through the third quarter into a double-digit victory.
Olympia improved to 2-1 on the season, while Capital dropped to 2-2.
The Bears also got eight points from Max Fortier, while Travis Miller led Capital with nine points.
Olympia jumped out to an early 9-1 lead before both offenses went cold.
The Bears were held scoreless for the opening 41/2 minutes of the second quarter with Trey Friend’s bucket ending the drought and pushing Olympia’s lead to 15-8.
Capital found life even more difficult on offense in the second quarter, being shutout for nearly 61/2 minutes as the Bears built a double-digit lead.
Miller’s 3-point play with 1 minute, 38 seconds to go in the first half was all the points the Cougars could muster in the second quarter as Olympia took a 21-11 advantage into halftime.
Capital shook off its offensive woes in the third quarter, opening on an 11-1 run to produce the game’s first tie 22-22 on a Gentry free throw.
The Bears answered with an 8-0 run, highlighted by a pair of Matheney 3s.