A strange pall hung over the gym. The listless Lady Falcons seemed to go through the motions in the first half of their home game versus Issaquah. But then Woodinville exploded for a 26-0 run in the third quarter, putting away the Lady Eagles 59-44 last Wednesday night.
“It’s all courtesy of Regan [Schenck],” Woodinville coach Scott Bullock said of his senior point guard. “We are really fortunate to have her and her firepower. She played poised and under control in that third quarter. I thought overall we were a little bit flat tonight. It wasn’t the most exciting game for me to watch as a coach. But it was a win and we’re happy about that.”
Woodinville improved its record to 5-1 in Kingco 4A, and 8-2 overall. Issaquah dropped to 3-3 in conference play.
In the ragtag first half, it was as if a glass lid covered Woodinville’s basket. On the night, the Falcons shot 3-for-20 from three-point range.
A Maddy Dubois three-pointer put the Falcons up 18-14 with 4:44 left before the half. Woodinville went into intermission leading 23-18.
“At halftime we talked about how we just started slow,” Regan Schenck said. “Our goal as a team coming out of halftime was to pick up the pace and run the floor. To come back with more focus and intensity.”
Coach Bullock was asked if he delivered a fire-and-brimstone halftime speech. He responded with his trademark smirk.
“For the most part, I have learned over the years that girls don’t respond really well to that,” Bullock said. “I’ve had a few of those in the past. At the same time, we were frank with them. We were like, hey there’s no energy. You need to step up and respond.”
The Lady Falcons returned to the court with a pep in their collective step. After Issaquah’s Luci Stewart hit a three-pointer to make it a 25-23 game, Regan Schenck went to work. The Falcon point guard zipped down court and drove to the basket for a lay-in which drew a foul. Her subsequent foul shot completed the three point play.
On a subsequent series, Schenck motored down court and found freshman Mia Hughes with a beautiful pass that led to a clean bank shot.
Suddenly, shots were dropping left and right. Woodinville scored 26 unanswered points to take a 51-23 lead and secure the win.
“We could have had more energy to start,” Hughes said. “But after the halftime talk we had more energy as a team… We took the game into our own hands.”
Coach Bullock referenced the absence of senior forward Nikki Zaback, who was dealing with an injured ankle.
“We were missing Nikki tonight,” Bullock said. “Sam [assistant coach Sam Moscatel] and I talk about it all the time. Nikki is our energizer off-the-bench sparkplug. It seemed like we were missing that a bit tonight. But when you don’t shoot well, everything looks worse. Rachel [Moscatel] came in and hit a couple [shots], and Maddy [Dubois] hit one. Other than that, we didn’t do anything on the perimeter.”
Bullock also praised the defensive efforts of Alana Coomar and Katie Minnehan, as well the rebounding of Madison Lundquist.
Woodinville travels to Mount Si this Friday and then hosts Skyline on Saturday night.