The Wolverines erased an eight-point halftime deficit and outscored Squalicum by 15 after the break to open the Crush in the Slush tournament with a 40-33 victory Dec. 26 in Port Townsend.
Junior Alie Galt, either sidelined or playing limited minutes in the first six games of the season, made her presence known against the Storm (5-5).
The 6-foot-tall post-player tossed in a game-high 14 points and hauled down 15 rebounds in leading the Friday Harbor to a come-from-behind victory over the Division 2A Bellingham team. Madi Kincaid had eight points and Lili Wood contributed seven.
The Wolverines (6-2) fell prey to the pressure of a defensive-minded Nooksack Valley team the following day, victimized by 21 steals by the Pioneers en route to a 50-25 defeat in Day 2 of the tournament, Dec. 27.
The Pioneers (8-2) led from start to finish in the runaway win.
Galt and freshman Hayden Mayer had seven points apiece to lead Friday Harbor on the offensive end.
The Wolverines begin the new year at home Saturday, Jan. 3, hosting a touring Australian club at Turnbull Gym; tip-off is 1 p.m. They resume league play Tuesday, Jan. 6, on the road against inter-island rival Orcas Island at 4:15 p.m., and are home Friday, Jan. 9, to host Mount Vernon Christian in a league contest, beginning at 5:30 p.m.