King’s West boys dip below .500

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But standout Drew McCullough is back in lineup after missing games with leg injury.

Poor foul shooting and defensive breakdowns proved too much for the King’s West boys basketball team to overcome in a 59-48 loss against Tacoma Baptist Tuesday.

Sam Weldin scored 17 points to lead the Warriors and Drew McCullough, who had been sidelined with a knee injury, added 15 in his first game back.

But the Warriors shot just 6 of 15 from the free throw line and Tacoma Baptist hit six free throws in the fourth quarter alone.

“We played very hard,” KW coach David Kerkhoff said. “(The) difference was some defensive breakdowns on our part, allowing some uncontested layups and drives to the basket.”

KW (3-4 overall, 0-2 league) has now lost back-to-back games after beating Albany of Australia 38-37 Jan. 2.

McCullough’s return is timely with the league schedule in full swing. Kerkhoff has said it’s a matter of time until McCullough and the rest of the team mesh.

“He played very well considering his long layoff,” Kerkhoff said of McCullough’s performance Tuesday.

Josh Kreifels added 10 points for KW.

The Warriors have five games over the next eight days beginning today at Chief Leschi. The team is home against Evergreen Lutheran at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

Girls basketball

The girls team, meanwhile, had won two straight games entering Tuesday’s contest against Tacoma Baptist after beginning the season 1-3.

Results from the Tacoma Baptist game were unavailable at press time.

The Lady Warriors (3-3, 1-0) beat Albany of Australia 43-32 Jan. 2 and Quilcene 53-23 Jan. 3 to improve to .500.

Sophomore Breyenne Mosey scored 15 points against Albany and 23 points against Quilcene to lead KW in both games.

With five games over the next eight days beginning today, first-year coach Yvonne Brittain figures to learn exactly where her team stands in the SeaTac League.

The team is on the road against Chief Leschi today and returns home tomorrow for a 2:30 p.m. contest against Evergreen Lutheran.

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