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Gig Harbor girls hoops wins 2 out of last 3

The Gig Harbor High girls basketball team has won two out of its last three games and coach Megan Murray is liking what she’s seeing heading into the Christmas break.

The Tides knocked off Timberline, 62-47; lost to Olympia, 45-42; and beat Yelm, 50-33, to move to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the Class 4A Narrows League.

“We’ve been playing just really well as a team,” Murray said. “If you look in the scorebook, we’re getting numbers from everybody. (Senior point guard) Tessa (Waage) stepped up really well in the Timberline game. It always helps from that position to get on-court leadership like that.”

Senior guard Emily Shields is leading the team in scoring, averaging 14 points per game.

“She has really, really stepped up,” Murray said. “She’s hitting shots and putting points up on the board.”

Gig Harbor had a chance at the end of the Olympia game to tie or go down by one point on several occasions, but the shots just wouldn’t fall.

“We had some great offensive rebounds, got the ball back but the shots just didn’t fall,” Murray said. “I was proud of the girls. It’s a tough place to play down there. They played very hard and played well.”

Gig Harbor will face Glacier Peak High School in a holiday tournament Dec. 29 at Lynden Christian High School, and Granger High School the following day.

“It’s always good to play some non-league games and show some different things and look at different things that we can build on,” Murray said.

The tournament will also give the Tides a break from league play and will give Murray and the players a chance to fine-tune some things before league play resumes.

“It’s very valuable to be able to go back, look at film, see some things you might want to tweak or change,” Murray said. “It’s great to be able to play games over the break and not have such a long break, work on fine-tuning some things.”