Callie Gronning Run

BREMERTON - Big Bend women’s basketball continues its undefeated streak of blowing teams out. The Big Bend Vikings traveled to Bremerton and dominated the Olympic College Rangers at their home court 86-44.

The win brought Big Bend to a 3-0 start to the season, blowing out every team along the way. The average margin of victory throughout the three-game winning streak is 37 points per contest.

The night started off hot when point guard Sunnie Martinez drained three 3-point shots and added an assist to get her team started on an 11-2 run. She ended the game with 22 points. “I came into the game not really thinking about how many points I was gonna score, it was more about, ‘I want this to be a good team win for us’,” Martinez said.

As a point guard her responsibility is to put her team in a position to win games, in whatever form that takes. She said, “If it takes me scoring to help us be better and to help us win, then that’s what I want to do.”

The Vikings got a huge performance out of guard Callie Gronning, who shot 100% on the night, making all eight of her field goal attempts, including three 3-point shots. Gronning also took care of the ball and didn’t record a single turnover all night.

“I just had some really good opportunities,” Gronning said. “My team opened up a lot of good things for me. Everything was created because of my teammates.”

The focus on the team and trusting in teammates is what may be the catalyst for the team’s success out of the gate. With Shoreline, a team that’s been outscored by over 100 points twice so far this season, next on the schedule, a 4-0 start looks very attainable.

Beginning the season 4-0 would be the best start for the Lady Vikings in a very long time, and when asked why the team is seeing such success the answer was consistent from each athlete.

“I can go down the bench and count on each one of those girls to come in and do something good,” Martinez said. “I think we have a lot of depth this year, but I also think there’s a lot of trust within our team. We can rely on each other to get the job done.”

Gronning’s words echoed that of Martinez’s. “We’re a really cohesive team,” Gronning said. “We have a really close group of girls and I think being that close helps with the trust that we have. When you trust each other you just play better as a team. Playing team ball is what makes you a good team.”

Each passing game Big Bend looks more and more potent, and with how stacked their division is they’re going to need all the momentum they can get before division play. Right now the Lady Vikings look as lethal as any team in the NWAC.

The Vikings will next play Saturday, Dec. 2 at Shoreline.

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