High School Sports

Olympia boys basketball rolls Capital to remain unbeaten

A quick two points from David Woodward 44 seconds into the first quarter was all Olympia needed.

The Bears opened up a cushy 19-point lead early, as they rolled to a 66-46 win over cross-town rival Capital on Wednesday in nonconference action.

Though Olympia coach John Kiley contests he wasn’t comfortable.

“I’m never comfortable,” he said. “I felt like we got in foul trouble, and that hurt our continuity, but I was really pleased.

“I felt like the start of the game, and at the end of the game, we played the game we’re trying to play.”

Woodward’s nine points in the first quarter helped Olympia open a 19-7 lead. He finished with 15, including 13 in the first half.

Capital went on a 15-7 run in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 33-22 at the break.

“We weren’t really satisfied with our lead, so we really wanted to come out stronger, and play our way, and not let them decide how we play,” Olympia junior Hunter Sipe said.

Sipe scored 12 of his game-high 18 points in the second half.

“Tag-team,” Kiley said. “David set the tone, and Hunter brought us home.”

Capital, which never led, cut the lead to 14 when Chris Schnellman muscled in a layup and converted the three-point play early in the fourth, but that’s as close as the Cougars would get.

“We’re a very young team, and Olympia’s very good,” Capital coach Brian Vandiver said. “We knew we were going to be in for a battle tonight, and our kids battled until the bitter end.”

Schnellman scored a team-high 12 points.

Capital finished 13 of 47 shooting from the floor, and at one point had a field goal drought that lasted nearly 9 minutes.

“I think some of it was their pressure, we hadn’t been pressured like that all year,” Vandiver said. “There’s nothing that can prepare you for that kind of pressure with that kind of strength.”

Olympia (6-0) heads to Orlando, Florida, for a holiday tournament beginning Monday, while Capital (3-7) is off until Jan. 6 when it plays at Foss in a Class 3A Narrows League contest.

“We’ve done what we need to do, but we know the barrage of Narrows games are coming and we’ve got to get better,” Kiley said.

Lauren Smith: 360-754-5473, @smithlm12