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Lady Falcons to play for district championship

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick
Mia Hughes comes from behind the backboard to lay one off the glass.

 

BOTHELL — The Lady Falcons are movin’ on to defend their 4A Wes-King District Crown after beating Eastlake 59-45 at Bothell High School last night.

Woodinville will take on familiar foe Glacier Peak in a rematch of last year’s title game which the Falcon won.

“It was a fun win—thought our girls played really hard—played well together,” Coach Scott Bullock said. “We faced some adversity in the first half—struggled a little bit—but we played solid defense and our offense finally came together.

“Keeli Burton (Wolves center) is really an amazing player—really hard to stop. It takes all of us working together to do so and she still had 21 points.”

The Falcons did get off to a slow start against the Wolves up 10-6 at the end of the first quarter as the team limited its scoring opportunities by committing multiple turnovers. But Woodinville got the kinks worked out and got back on track to take a double-digit 36-26 lead midway through the third quarter.

“We knew it was going to be a defensive game coming in, but what made it more difficult is that our shots we usually make weren’t falling,” Mia Hughes said. “We talked about that at the half—talked about continuing to play good D and get out and run the floor and keep shooting and our shots would fall.”

And fall they did as the Falcons stretched their lead to 44-30 as the quarter came to an end. Woodinville continued to roll the last eight minutes of the contest to come away with the 14-point margin.

Hughes led all scorers with 28 points; 18 coming in the second half. Veronica Sheffey hit for 10, Tatum Thompson added 8 and Brooke Beresford finished with 6.

The District Championship game Friday at Everett Community College will be Deja vu all over again as the Falcons matchup with the Grizzlies. Tipoff is 5:30 p.m.

“This is a big game for us, but at the same time it’s kind of a gravy game,” Bullock said. “Both teams are going to State so it should be a game where both can have some fun because the pressure of being eliminated is off.”

Coach Bullock talks with the team after calling a second-quarter time out.
Jaela Eggers and Mia Hughes swarm in on D. Natalie Bright keeps a close watch on the action

Woodinville Boys drop game to Inglemoor, still alive in tournament play

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick
Ryan Roth and Sam Bowen team up to prevent a Viking score. 

 

BOTHELL — It was a game of can’t miss for the Vikings and can’t buy a basket for the Falcons as Inglemoor blew past Woodinville 67-54 in semifinal district action at Bothell High School Tuesday night.

“They were hitting everything, especially in the first half and that’s what I told the team — they shot well and we didn’t,” Coach Kurt Melton said. “We also turned the ball over early, which gave them probably 10 first-half points and it’s hard to come back from that."

The teams played each other twice in the regular season, with both winning by a 2-point margin. But this one was a different contest altogether as the Falcons were down 19-4 at the end of the first quarter and trailing 31-19 at the break.

One would think things couldn't get worse for Woodinville, but they did as Inglemoor doubled-up the Falcons, 50-25, with just over seven minutes to play.

The good news is this was the first loss in the double-elimination tournament, so Woodinville can put the game behind them and turn its focus to the Jackson High School Timberwolf’s who just squeaked past Redmond 48-47 Tuesday.

“The kids are a little frustrated with the loss, but at the same time, they’ve earned the opportunity to be here," Melton said. “We still have another game to play and we’ll do our best to come away with a win and keep advancing in the tournament.”

Blake Glessner led the Falcons with 19 points. Cage Schneck dumped in 18. Carson Noe finished with 10.

The game with Jackson takes place Thursday night at 7:15 at Bothell High School.

Carson Noe for two of his 10 points. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville Weekly

Woodinville knocks off No. 2 Ranked Mount Si

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Blake Glessner draws double coverage and dishes off to Ryan Roth for the bucket. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville Weekly

 

BOTHELL — Taking down the top-seeded Wildcats wasn’t quite the magnitude of David toppling Goliath, but it was definitely the biggest upset of the Wes-King 4A District Tournament as Woodinville up-ended Mount Si, 64-61 in Bothell Saturday afternoon.

The win was the second come-from-behind last-minute victory for the Falcons in postseason play who now move on to face Inglemoor in a semifinal matchup Tuesday.

“We showed a lot of heart out there,” senior forward Blake Glessner said. “We had big games out of Ryan (Roth) and Carson (Noe) who stepped up huge in the rebounding.”

Glessner was one of three Falcons who hit for double figures in the contest, leading the way with 19 points. Cage Schenck dropped in 15 points with 11 coming in the fourth quarter. Noe finished with 11.

“These kids are something else – they really are,” Coach Kurt Melton said. “I’m speechless.”

Woodinville was obviously overmatched height-wise as the Wildcats starting lineup averaged 6’5.’’ The Falcons five averaged just over 6’ as big man Layton Duff was unable to play after hitting his head on the backboard during the game with Kamiak Wednesday. But that didn’t stop Woodinville from attacking the hoop early and often.

“That was huge for us,” Melton said. “Blake was drawing double coverage and was able to get Ryan (Roth) involved and that was an important part of the first half and giving us a bit of a lead.”

Mount Si scored the first bucket, but the Falcons went on a 27-16 run capped off by a long-range Glessner jumper with 2:11 left in the second quarter.

The Wildcats closed out the half on a 6-0 run and then outscored Woodinville 12-1 over the first three minutes of the third quarter.

The Falcons regained the lead, 35-32, on a Glessner trey with just over two minutes to go in the third. Mount Si battled back to take a 40-38 score into the final eight minutes of the contest.

The teams traded buckets, and with the Wildcats holding a slim 48-47 lead, Noe drilled a step-back trey and was fouled with 3:58 left on the clock. He converted the free throw and put Woodinville up top 51-48.

A questionable goaltending call against Noe a minute later made it 51-50 Falcons.

Schenck then came up big sinking a shot from beyond the arch to make it 54-50 with a little more than two minutes to go.

A quick offensive burst by both squads knotted it at 58-all with 90 seconds left in the game. Two free throws and a bucket by Schenck pushed the score to 62-61 Woodinville with 18 ticks on the clock.

The Wildcats came up snake-eyes on their next possession. Schenck was fouled on the way up the court and was sent to the charity stripe for a 1-and-1 with 15 seconds to go. He sank both shots and the Falcons led 64-61.

Needing a 3-pointer to tie it and send the game to overtime, Mount Si came up empty again and Woodinville pulled off the improbable win.

“These kids play hard every time they step out on the court – they seem to always find a way to take it to the next level,” Melton said. “I couldn’t ask for a better group of kids--- I really couldn’t.”

The victory puts Woodinville in a semifinal matchup with Inglemoor Tuesday night at 7:15 in Bothell. The Falcons and Vikings split regular-season games with each winning by a bucket.

The winner of this game plays for the district championship.

“We’ve battled it out with them twice and this one will probably come down to the last possession again,” Melton said. “It’s going to be a good basketball game.”

 

Woodinville 53, Kamiak 50

The Falcons pulled another rabbit out of their collective hats with an improbable 53-50 come-from-behind road win in the waning seconds over Kamiak Thursday night, Feb. 13. A clutch long-range 3-pointer by Cage Schenck put Woodinville up top 51-50 with 15 ticks left on the clock.

The Knights Tijan Saine brought the ball down court looking to give Kamiak the go-ahead score. Woodinville was looking for a stop, wanting to avoid a foul and have the clock run out. But with seven seconds to go, Eli Coffman drew a whistle from the ref and Saine went to the line ready to put the dagger into the Falcons.

Much to his chagrin, Saine missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Will Ruff snagged the rebound and was fouled immediately.

With three seconds left Ruff stepped up to the charity stripe and calmly sank two free throws that drew nothing but cord to put Woodinville up 53-50.

The Falcons pressed the inbound throw afterward and didn’t allow the Knights to get off a final attempt to tie it, and Woodinville walked off the court with the victory.

 

Carson Noe (34) and Sam Bowen team up to grab an offensive rebound. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville
Blake Glessner and teammates celebrate the win over Mount Si. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville Weekly

Lady Falcons get past a stubborn Wildcat team

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

 

Mia Hughes dips under the Wildcats 6'8'' center Sela Heide for two of her game-high 24 points. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville Weekly

 

BOTHELL— It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win nonetheless as Woodinville turned back a determined Mount Si squad 55-46 in a district quarterfinal matchup in Bothell Saturday.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” Coach Scott Bullock said. “Their big (6’8” Sela Heide) had been injured most of the year but she started playing about three weeks ago and that totally changed their team at both ends of the court. She's long and blocks shots and when she gets the ball down low it’s really hard to stop her.”

The Lady Falcons struggled offensively, was uncharacteristically committing turnovers and found themselves in unfamiliar territory trailing the majority of the first half. It wasn’t until the 2-minute mark that Woodinville got its initial lead when Natalie Bright sank a 3-pointer from deep in the corner to put the No. 1 ranked Falcons up 26-25.

Mia Hughes drained another trey to close out the half and the Falcons took a 29-26 score into the locker room at the break.

“We talked about the turnovers at the half – too many turnovers in transition and passes into crowds,” Bullock said. “We cleaned it and didn’t have that problem in the second half.”

Back-to-back buckets from Tatum Thompson and a basket from Hughes to start second half action gave Woodinville a little breathing room, 35-28. But a 6-0 Wildcat run got Mount Si within a point, 35-34. Thompson and Hughes scored again and the Lady Falcons led 39-35 heading into the final eight minutes of the contest.

The Wildcats were in position to pull off the upset, down 46-45 with less than two minutes left, but back-to-back buckets from Hughes with 1:10 on the clock made it 50-45 Woodinville.

Mount Si came up empty on its next possession and with time winding down, was forced to foul to stop the clock. Sheffey sank one-of-two free throws, Hughes knocked down four to ice it and Woodinville escaped with the win.

Hughes led all scorers with 24 points, 16 of which came in the second half. Thompson finished with 11.

“We knew this was going to be a tough game coming into it,” Hughes said. “We won by a pretty good margin (60-34) the last time we played them but Sela didn’t play. We were down at the start but we just kept our heads in the game and didn’t allow them to go on big runs.

“We are going to see a lot of tough teams the rest of the way, so we have to go into each game with the mindset that it’s anybody’s game so we have to want it more than any team we are playing against.”

Bullock was happy with the way the team handled the adversity.

“I’m really proud of these girls because we got down early – were down by eight points and the game could’ve gone either way,” Bullock said. “But we just kept fighting and clawing and was able to take the lead at the half.

“Tatum was unbelievable for us today and everyone just stuck to it. Veronica and Mia made some big free throws at the end – it was a great win.”

Woodinville takes on familiar foe Eastlake in semifinal play Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. The winner plays for the district championship.

 

Tatum Thompson dribbles past two Mount Si defenders. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville Weekly
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Falcons get past Knights in first-round District play

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

Will Ruff drives the lane for a bucket against Kamiak. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville Weekly

 

MUKILTEO — The Woodinville boy’s basketball team is fast becoming the 2020 version of the 1980 Cleveland Browns who were dubbed the ‘Kardiac Kids’ for escaping with a handful of last-second wins.

The Falcon’s pulled out a 69-67 buzzer-beater against Issaquah last Friday, held off Eastlake 62-57 Saturday, and then executed an improbable 53-50 come from behind road win in the waning seconds over Kamiak last night.

“This seems to be our M.O. — wait until the last possession — but it's just one of those things,” an elated Coach Kurt Melton said. “I look out there and those kids have absolute confidence—they just believe in each other.

“We didn’t shoot real well but we made them when we needed them — and Will going up and knocking those free throws down after having an off night like he did was just incredible.”

The gymnasium was rocking with excitement as the crowd was filled with Knights fans. But that didn’t seem to bother the Falcons as the team's battled to a 25-22 score that favored Kamiak at the half.

A back and forth third quarter saw the Falcons knot the game at 37-all.

The Knight’s Charlie Powers drained a bucket from 3-point rage to kick-start a 13-6 fourth-quarter run that put Kamiak out front 50-43 with just over three minutes to go.

Woodinville’s ‘D’ dug in, Blake Glessner sank two-of-three attempts at the free-throw line, Cage Schenck hit a short jumper and the Falcons pulled within a bucket, 50-48 with under two minutes to play.

Neither team was able to connect on their next couple of possessions until a clutch shot from long-range by Schenck put Woodinville up top 51-50 with 15 ticks left on the clock.

The Knights Tijan Saine brought the ball down court looking to give Kamiak the go-ahead score. Woodinville was looking for a stop, wanting to avoid a foul and have the clock run out. But with seven seconds to go, Eli Coffman drew a whistle from the ref and Saine went to the line ready to put the dagger into the Falcons.

Much to his chagrin, Saine missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Will Ruff snagged the rebound and was fouled immediately.

With three seconds left Ruff stepped up to the charity stripe and calmly sank two free throws that drew nothing but cord to put Woodinville up 53-50.

The Falcons pressed the inbound throw afterward and didn’t allow the Knights to get off a final attempt to tie it and Woodinville walked off the court with the victory.

“I’m proud of our guys — proud of this win,” Melton said. “Kamiak is a good athletic team that can shoot well and to come in and pull out a win on their floor in the playoffs — I’ll take it.”

Schenck came up big once again for Woodinville hitting for a game-high 25 points.

“It was an exciting win — hopefully we have a lot more of them in us,” Schenck said. “They (the Knights) are a good team — put a lot of pressure on us and shot the ball well. But every one of our guys did their thing out there. Will was clutch at the line — he hardly ever misses free throws — you can always count on him.”

Glessner finished with 14 points. Carson Noe added 7.

The win advances the Falcons to a second-round contest with Mount Si on Saturday at Bothell High School. The game is scheduled for a 1:30 start.

Cage Schenck hits for two of his game-high 25 points. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville Weekly
Carson Noe battles for a board in last night's game with the Knights.