Woodinville High School’s first Quad Night of the season turned out to be a huge success. With both the WHS varsity girls and boys basketball teams winning, Friday night never looked so good for the Falcons.
The varsity girls team played first, dominating Redmond with a final score of 75-40. Senior starter Kim Frost lead the team with 26 points and junior Mackenzie Campbell chipped in 11 points for the Falcons.
The girls team success has a lot to do with the team chemistry. Many of the scores came from breakaways layups, with great outlet passes and right on point passes in the lane.
Varsity has a great group of girls who mix well together and know where everyone will be and what jobs each of them have. In addition to the team’s chemistry, defense was also a big part of the game Friday night.
Using speed to their advantage, the girls stopped a lot of what should have been breakaways and also played solid defense in the paint.
The Falcons went deep into their bench towards the end of the game and had all of their players get in some minutes. These key minutes will be good for the team down the stretch of the season if foul trouble ever arises and the Falcons need some help.
Freshman Emily Spencer also got in some key minutes. With freshmen being allowed to play at the varsity level this year, Emily will have an advantage with all this playing time she is getting early on in her high school career. It will be fun for all to see how she improves over the year and contributes even more to this great team.
This win puts the team at 4-0 with their next game on Wednesday, Dec. 12 against Ballard High School in the Woodinville High School Gym at 7:30 p.m.
After the girls varsity game came the boys varsity game.
Coming into the game with a 0-3 record, the varsity boys team had a lot to prove. As students and parents alike started filing in for the game, tension as well as excitement, filled the gym. With packed student sections from both schools, the game looked to be a battle until the end.
Trailing in the first quarter, the Falcons didn’t look as comfortable as they should have been. Starting a few young guys, the rhythm wasn’t as good as it needed to be if the Falcons had any shot at pulling away and winning the game.
Missed layups and too many passes left the Falcons empty-handed for a fair amount of their possessions.
However, sophomore Mitchell Jones came in and played great defense for the Falcons, using his quickness (like many of the varsity girls do) to steal the ball and give opportunities to his teammates down the court.
In addition to Jones, senior Jake Miller hit some great shots as well as freshman Tony Miller, who didn’t have as much of an impact as he did during the game against Snohomish, but still finished with 8 points.
With a final score reading Woodinville 43, Redmond 37, the Falcons had to fight for each and every point they got on the board.
The Falcons trailed the whole game until a late surge in the fourth quarter put them on top for good.
Senior Quinten Parker lead the team with 13 points, but it was junior Tommy Wick, who only had 4 points in the game, that was the key in the final minutes. With Redmond realizing they were down and the clock wasn’t to their advantage, the fouling strategy began.
You foul, you stop the clock, and you hope for missed free throws.
In this case, all Redmond could do was hope, but Wick didn’t disappoint for the Falcons. Staying cool and collected at the line, Wick sank the multiple free throws he had in the final stretch of the game that sealed the win for the Falcons.
Now 1-3, it will be interesting to see how first year coach Mark Folsom approaches the next game. Last night was his career-first win as a high school basketball coach. Hopefully there are more wins in the foreseeable future.
Next game is against Ballard High School on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30p.m at Woodinville High School.
Hope to see you all there!