TACOMA —You could just sense Woodinville was on the verge of a breakout game after struggling a bit the last three outings. And the Falcons couldn’t have picked a better time to bust loose against the team that took them to overtime when last they met in the district championship game.
This one was all Woodinville as the undefeated and No. 1 ranked Falcons rolled over Glacier Peak 63-41 Friday afternoon at the Tacoma Dome.
“It was a great win — the girls really brought it today — especially Tatum (Thompson),” Coach Scott Bullock said. “We talked before the game — that a different girl needs to step up every game and Tatum did that today — she was in the limelight. Mia (Hughes) was yesterday — Veronica (Sheffey) stepped up in the district championship game."
Woodinville got off to a better start in this matchup and as the game progressed you could see the confidence building in the eyes of every player.
Undaunted by the backcourt pressure that forced nine Falcon turnovers the last time the teams took to the hardwood, Woodinville was running the floor early and often.
“We just kept trying to push the ball down the court,” Thompson said. “If we got in trouble – like we did time when we played them in the district championship game— we made sure we had someone come back to the ball.”
The Falcons built a 24-13 lead midway through the second quarter, but then sputtered a bit going scoreless for a two-and-a-half-minute stretch. The hiccup allowed Glacier Peak back it, down 27-24 at intermission.
Woodinville regrouped during the break and put the pedal to the metal in the third quarter reeling off a 27-7 run to double up their halftime score and take a commanding 54-31 lead into the final eight minutes of the contest.
Thompson was the catalyst that fueled the outburst, dropping down 10 points including two buckets from beyond the arc.
“It was amazing to watch. The girls really played great basketball,” Bullock said. “Everything went right — we got a few balls bouncing our way — we hit some 3-balls and that really energized the team.”
As much as it invigorated the Falcons, it took the bite out of the Grizzlies as Glacier Peak managed to post a meager 10 points the rest of the way.
Hughes led all scorers with 23 points. Thompson added 17. Brooke Beresford hit for 9 points. Sheffey dropped in 7.
The win was especially sweet for Falcons as the Grizzlies handed Woodinville a loss in the fourth-place matchup at State two years ago.
“We beat a really good talented team of kids that play hard and are passionate about the game,” Bullock said. “Now we get the chance to play for the state championship. You couldn't ask for anything better than that.”
Woodinville matches up with Central Valley for all the bragging rights Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.