Lady Falcons win in OT; playoffs next

  • Written by Don Mann
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Ali Forde sinks two of her 17 points as Inglemoor’s Julia Haining, bottom, dives by her feet. Photo by Don Mann.
Between them they were 24-3 coming in, the cream of the KingCo 4A girls crop.

One point determined their first contest and this one went to overtime before the Lady Falcons prevailed 72-66, so the Woodinville-Inglemoor girls’ basketball rivalry is as healthy as ever.

And if all goes according to plan in the KingCo tournament, the rivals may meet again in the finals next week.

But you never know.

On Saturday at IHS the Lady Vikings grabbed a 39-34 lead in a first half that had a roller derby quality to it. Had they handed out two minutes for roughing, the penalty box would’ve been a busy place.

Inglemoor, on the heels of a 12-game winning streak, led 51-44 after three quarters and, after Kelly Conroy hit a three, extended the lead to 10 early in the fourth.

But not so fast: Alexis McLeod, who would lead all scorers with 21 points, scored on consecutive steals and drives and Ali Forde, who received hack attacks all day, revved it up when Woodinville needed it most.

McLeod’s third three-ball — she would hit 5-of-9 on the day — capped a furious run to tie the game at 62-all with under a minute remaining.

The senior co-captain, a transfer from Inglemoor two years ago, then picked Taylor Peacocke’s pocket which led to a Kim Frost layup to put the Falcons up 64-62 with 20 ticks on the clock. Inglemoor’s Chay Fuller got hacked on a drive with 0:07 remaining, went to the line and sank two free throws, pretty as you please, to force overtime.

McLeod, feeling her oats, began the extra session with a triple and Diedre Miller followed with another as the Lady Vikings’ offense sputtered in the final five minutes.

Forde, meanwhile, went for 17 points and 19 rebounds: routinely spectacular down low while handling the rock in crunch-time up above.

“We were fortunate to come away with a win and ‘Lex was definitely the X-factor tonight,” Woodinville coach Scott Bullock said. “She picked the perfect time to work a little magic, coming up big on some 50-50 balls and hitting some huge threes. Inglemoor went zone late in the game to neutralize Ali and ‘Lex made ’em pay. We’re enjoying the win but also know we may meet Inglemoor again.”

Viking coach John Augustavo, clearly disappointed in blowing a 10- point fourth quarter lead, tipped his cap: “ When you have a 10-point lead you gotta move the ball and make their defense work. We didn’t do it ...We missed a lot of lay-ins and shot 26 percent. Not to take anything away from Woodinville. They show up, they know how to win and Scott’s got those kids playing hard all the way to the end. Plus you have to deal with Ali ... We’re 16-4 now and there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that. Hopefully we’ll see them again but KingCo’s a weird place ... It’s tough to beat a team three times...Scott knows that, I know that, everybody knows that.”

No. 1 seed Woodinville (14-1, 18-2) hosts Newport Wednesday as the playoff tournament begins.

No. 2 seed Inglemoor will play at home on Wednesday, against an opponent yet to be determined.

Vikings finally grab a win at home

  • Written by Don Mann
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Photo by Don Mann Inglemoor’s Brendan Lauck 2flips in two of his 16 points as Woodinville’s Matt Laitala takes a swipe.
Little was at stake in this one other than local pride.

Woodinville came in 3-11 in league play, Inglemoor was 1-13 and it was the last dance no matter what with no playoffs looming.

They might as well shoot ’em up with abandon and that they did in the first half as Inglemoor took a rare 34-33 lead at home.

The Vikings hoisted up 13 three-balls and knocked down six. The Falcons were not shy either, going 5-of-12 from beyond the arc in a first half where defense was an afterthought.

Things tightened up a bit after the break and Inglemoor would go on to win 67-59 behind 18 points from its lone senior Samuel Omondi.

“It was satisfying to finally get a win at home and I was happy for Sam,” Viking coach Greg Lowell said. “He’s been so solid for us and he went out in style. That was good to see.”

It included a dunk off a steal late in the game that sparked the daytime crowd and finally gave them something to cheer about.

“It was a challenging year with only one senior but these kids had great attitudes and never stopped working hard,” Lowell said. “It’s been a while since we’ve gone through this kind of thing but the upside is how great they’ve been as kids. It’s really a good group.”

Chris Bryant scored 17 points and Brendan Lauck added 16 with a team- high nine rebounds as the Vikings finished up 6-14 overall.

Woodinville was led by 13 points from Brett Arrivey, who fouled out early in the fourth quarter after getting his money’s worth. For the senior, who doesn’t play spring sports, it was the last time he’ll compete in a Falcon uniform.

“I thought about that a little,” the three-year starting quarterback said. “I had a lotta fun — great teammates, great coaches — and it’s all good.”

Woodinville coach Jamie Rowe said it was appropriate his co-captain’s last game was his best game.

“Great kid, smarter than most, works hard ... He was a pleasure to coach.”

Junior post Quinton Parker finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Falcons finished 3-12, 5-15 overall.

“It was a tough year but, hey, KingCo’s a tough conference and every night was a battle for us and the kids knew that,” Rowe said. “But I liked these kids and they liked each other. Practice was fun. That’s what I’ll remember.”

WHS gymnasts on their way

  • Written by Mary Templeman-Smith

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Photo by Nicole Boyd Team members are Julie Tollifson, Megan McCallum, Alex Puri, Madison Engel, Candace Nelson, Kate Bailey, Katherine Smith, Tessa King, Emily Paratore, Kara Barton, Mackenzie Vigil, Sabrina Nelson and Samantha Jensen.

Woodinville High School has an outstanding gymnastics team this year. They beat the 2011 state champions, Newport, on January 5, 2012. They are 4-1 in the regular season gymnasts on the team.

They are coached by Kimberly Fleming, Kennedy Gibson and Nicole Boyd.

Local grapplers advance to regionals

  • Written by Don Mann
Photo by Elena Burroughs Falcon sophomore Ryan Christensen, 37-0, was selected KingCo’s outstanding wrestler at the KingCo meet.
Four Woodinville wrestlers emerged as KingCo champions at the league meet in Issaquah on Saturday: A.J. Dedios at 126 pounds, Ryan Christensen at 160, Jake Hollister (220) and Jason Burroughs (285).

Inglemoor’s Gabe Seward (138) and Josh Koukal (195) and Bothell’s Brandon Davidson  (152) also won KingCo titles.

Falcon sophomore Christensen, who remains unbeaten at 37-0, was voted the tournament’s outstanding wrestler.

With the top five placers moving on to the Regional Tournament at Rogers High School (Puyallup) this Saturday, Northshore schools will be well-represented with 27 wrestlers across a dozen weight classes looking to punch tickets to Mat Classic XXII at the Tacoma Dome on Feb. 17.

Among them from Woodinville include Zach Gracia, Everett Bingisser, Garrett Foss, Connor McCaw,

Lucas Blasdell and Cole Stemmerman.

The Inglemoor contingent includes Mitchell Barker, Jake Lindloff, Ian Bedo, Jared Koukal, Sam Gastineau, Mark Johnson, Ty Utton, Ben Carson and Andrew Stocker.

Bothell will send Allen Resendiz, Kyle Hanson, Dustin Rohde, Max Hanson and Thompson Forker.

The top six placers in each weight class at regionals move on to the state tournament.

Lady Falcons blast Ballard by 25

  • Written by Don Mann
Woodinville senior forward Diedre Miller, who grabbed nine rebounds, drives inside against Ballard. Photo by Don Mann.
One of these days, perhaps this Saturday at Inglemoor, the Woodinville girls’ basketball will actually face a challenge.

But that was not the case Friday, as the Lady Falcons put a 52-27 thumping on the Lady Beavers for its eighth straight win, upping its record to 11-0, 15-1 overall.

Woodinville scored 20 points in the third quarter — four more than Ballard scored in three periods combined — to grab a 44-16 lead before coach Scott Bullock emptied the bench.

Ali Forde led the way with 15 points and 16 rebounds, and Kim Frost added 12.

“Kim had a great overall floor game,” Bullock said. “No turnovers handling the ball almost the entire night, and some great finishes in transition.”

The Lady Falcons made 15 steals, including five by Forde. “She filled up the stat sheet once again,” Bullock said. “Just an amazing athlete.”

Bullock was pleased that 10 players got minutes and all 10 scored.

“Diedre Miller was a big factor on the defensive boards with nine rebounds, and Mackenzie Campbell had another solid defensive effort holding their best player to three points.”

Woodinville hosts Bothell (0-10, 0-15) on Wednesday before traveling to Inglemoor (8-2, 12-3) on Saturday for a 1 p.m. skirmish. The Lady Vikings, riding an eight-game winning streak of its own, ripped Roosevelt at home Friday 63-31 behind 19 points from Taylor Peacocke and 15 by Chay Fuller.

Seven weeks ago Woodinville pulled out a last-minute 43-40 win at home against Inglemoor in a game

Viking coach John Augustavo surely has not forgotten.