The Capital High School girls basketball team defeated visiting Peninsula High School 60-58 Wednesday January 29, 2020. With the win Capital moves to 11-0 and closer to a possible league title with three games left in SSC girls play.
Captial (14-3, 11-0 SSC) held off a late run by Peninsula (7-9, 5-5 SSC) led by senior Nicole Lindblom who had 26 points with 5 3-pointers on the evening. Head coach Tiffany Twiddy was pleased with her teams fight. “That was a really exciting one. It got a little closer than we would have liked at the end, but I was proud of my team and we were calm under the pressure at the end,” remarked Twiddy. “We can overcome any kind of adversity. At Yelm, we were down 17 and came back from it. We are a team that doesn’t give up and is relentless. Hopefully we can get these last three games and close out league.”
For Peninsula, junior Piper Bauer and senior Renee Doss led the Seahawks with 18 points each. Peninsula trailed 42-48 going into the fourth quarter. Using traps and a full court press, the Seahawks edged closer at 58-59 in the last minute. Capital responded and sealed the victory going one for two on a double bonus in the closing seconds.
Peninsula head coach Michael Schick thought his team played tough. “We are a young team and we had a few mental lapses and it came down to missed layups and missed free-throws, Schick recalled. “I like my team and we have gone through a lot of growing pains but we hope to be playing our best basketball here at the end of the season.”
Peninsula travels Friday to Central Kitsap and Capital plays at second place Gig Harbor. Friday’s game against 10-1 Gig Harbor will likely determine who wins league in the South Sound Conference.