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2010 All-Kitsap County Girls Basketball Team unveiled
The 2009-10 All-Kitsap County Girls Basketball Team was compiled by the sports writers for the Bainbridge Island Review, Bremerton Patriot, Central Kitsap Reporter, North Kitsap Herald and Port Orchard Independent.
Candidates for the team were nominated by the writers for their respective areas. The nominees were then voted on by the writers, with the top vote-getters making the starting lineup. A Coach of the Year, bench and honorable mentions also were selected. The team includes the best players from area schools who not only performed well individually, but played a role in the success of their team as well.
Here is the team:
G Sophia Baetz, junior, Kingston: A varsity starter since her freshman year, Baetz led Kingston to its third straight postseason appearance in 2009-10. She averaged a team-high 20.5 points along with 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.0 assists per game. Baetz also led the Buccaneers with 51 3-pointers on the season.
G Kelsey Callaghan, junior, South Kitsap: Callaghan guided a veteran-laden Wolves squad to the Class 4A state tournament in 2009, but South coach Mark Lutzenhiser was just as impressed by her development this season. He praised Callaghan’s leadership skills in addition to her court vision. She averaged a team-high five assists per game in addition to 6.7 points per contest.
“Her decision-making improved and shooting over last year,” Lutzenhiser said. “She really improved in all phases.”
G Krista Stabler, sophomore, Central Kitsap: On a young team that will return all but three players next season, Stabler was a large reason the Cougars advanced to the Class 4A West Central District III tournament. She averaged 17.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.9 steals per game to help Central Kitsap to 15 victories.
F Jalen Carpenter, sophomore, Bremerton: Carpenter’s already significant role on the team increased in 2009-10 under first-year coach Al Valencia. She helped Bremerton boost its win total from four in 2008-09 to nine this season, averaging 14.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, both team highs.
At 6-feet-2-inches, Carpenter pulled down a season-best 18 rebounds in a sub-district game against Yelm High School.
“She came through pretty big for us,” Valencia said. “She’s a real pleasure to coach. She really tried hard and had a lot of competitive spirit in her.”
C Breyenne Mosey, junior, Crosspoint Academy: The 6-foot-3-inch Mosey continued her dominance of the Class 2B Sea-Tac League, averaging a double-double with 16.4 points and 14.9 rebounds per game. Those were both team-highs for Crosspoint, which advanced to the Tri-District tournament with a 14-10 record under first-year coach Ronald Barton.
Coach of the Year, Terry Lande, Bainbridge: In his first year at the helm of the girls basketball program, Lande guided a young Spartan squad to the Sound Division title. Lande succeeded Penny Gienger, who retired as Bainbridge’s winningest coach after an 18-year tenure. With only one returning starter – and five upperclassmen – the Spartans went 8-7 in conference play, closing out their league schedule with a five-game win streak.
G/F Dana Goularte, junior, South Kitsap: Goularte transferred from tiny Life Christian Academy in Tacoma, but immediately fit at South. She started throughout the season and averaged a team high 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. She also scored 10.5 points and added 2.4 assists per game, both which were the second-highest totals on the Wolves.
“She’s such a good athlete, she can jump and handle the ball well,” Lutzenhiser said. “She’s very well-rounded.”
G Angela Romonsky, junior, South Kitsap: Romonsky averaged a team-high 13 points per game, but was perhaps best known for her outside shooting prowess. She converted 74 3-pointers and shot 44 percent from beyond the arch.
“She has a real clutch mentality,” Lutzenhiser said. “She knows she’s a shooter and is not afraid.”
G/F Molly Werder, senior, South Kitsap: She had surgery on her left knee just a few weeks before the season began, but Werder returned and still averaged 9.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.
“She persevered and kept going,” said Lutzenhiser, adding that the 6-foot-2-inch Werder also significantly helped the Wolves in the low post on offense and defense.
G Jordan Dixon, junior, Klahowya: The speedy Dixon averaged 12.8 points, 2.3 assists and an area-high 4.6 steals per game to lead the Lady Eagles to the postseason. After going a combined 4-37 over the past two seasons, Klahowya won 10 games and climbed from the bottom of the Olympic League into postseason contenders.
F Samantha Thornton, senior, Olympic: The team’s second-leading scorer with 10.0 points per game, the 6-foot-1-inch Thornton gave the Lady Trojans a physical presence in the post.
She was the leading rebounder at 8.0 per game on a team that finished third in the Olympic League and came within a victory of reaching the district tournament.
G/F Jesssica Klump, senior, Olympic: One of four Lady Trojans to average at least nine points per game, Klump also was the team’s most efficient outside shooter. She shot a team-best 34 percent from 3-point range and was third in rebounding with 6.4 per game.
G/F Jalyn Halstead, sophomore, Olympic: The two-sport star — she also plays soccer — did a little of everything for Olympic. She led the team in scoring, averaging 10.1 points per game. She also was second in rebounding with 7.1 per game.
Carlie Rouse, Crosspoint Academy; Jonica Durben, Klahowya; Brittany Zawadski, Central Kitsap; Elise Peterson, Crosspoint Academy; Kourtney Carpenter, Bremerton; Carly McElwee, Klahowya; Angelique White, Bremerton; Kristy Wood, Bremerton; Laura Wicklein, Kingston; Lauryn Blevins, North Kitsap; Indigo Williams, North Kitsap; Lexi Simmons, North Kitsap; Danielle Stewart, South Kitsap; Kas Totura, Bainbridge; Jessica Drake, Klahowya; Hannah Depew, Bainbridge; Kirsten Anthony, Central Kitsap; and Riza Suriben, Olympic.