On a night when senior Sara Bowen’s contributions were not much about scoring, the feisty Timberline Blazers got big games from two of their youngest players in a 57-40 4A Narrows League victory over previously unbeaten South Kitsap on Friday night in the Blazers’ gym.
Bowen totaled three points on a first-half
3-pointer, but sophomore Keshara Romain got the Blazers going early, while freshman Rayana Dyas led a deep and youthful bench.
“We’re an athletic group of kids, that’s for sure,” said Timberline coach Tim Borchardt, whose team improved to 3-3 (2-2 4A Narrows). “We’re going to try to use that to our advantage.”
The 5-foot-9 Romain had nine points in the first quarter, 13 for the half, flashing her ability to get open and do something with the ball when she had it. She finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Dyas scored 15 points and was credited with three steals, though she corralled a cluster of loose balls that didn’t show up in the stat book. Her two 3-pointers late in the third quarter provided a welcome cushion after the turnover-prone Blazers let the Wolves whittle an 11-point deficit to three points.
Timberline limited South Kitsap (4-1, 2-1) to two points in the fourth quarter.
“Defense creates offensive opportunities,” Borchardt said.
Bowen, the floor leader, contributed four assists and three steals.
“She does so much for us,” Borchardt said. “The little things go a long way for her.”
Junior guard Cadence Monti, another player without big offensive numbers (four points) was first into the scrum for loose balls when she was on the floor.
“She’s definitely not shy about mixing it up a little bit,” Borchardt said.
The Blazers led 22-12 after the first quarter. Freshman Kiara Brooks scored five points in the period, converting one basket after a Bowen steal and later nailing a 3-pointer. Brooks finished with nine points.
Another freshman, Mia Harriott, played assertively for the Blazers and finished with five points.
“We need to become a four-quarter team,” Borchardt said, noting the third-quarter slippage. “But they’re learning. They come out and compete.”