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"Falcons topple Turks, Borderites"

"Box ScoreFriday's gameS. Whidbey 18 20 28 20 -- 86Sultan 9 7 6 12 -- 34Scoring: Tornga 18, Wick 18, Ellis 17, Sievers 8, Watson 7, Poolman 5, Gabelein 5, Waterman 4, Binford 2, Gutzmer 23-point goals: Sievers 1, Ellis 1Saturday's gameS. Whidbey 14 11 21 15 -- 61Blaine 6 7 10 9 -- 32Scoring: Tornga 20, Ellis 13, Sievers 9, Waterman 7, Wick 7, Gabelein 2, Watson 2, Poolman 1Two weekends ago, the South Whidbey girls basketball team played the North Cascades Leagues number-one and number-two teams in back-to-back games decided by five points or less.Last weekend, the Falcons got a break from the pressure as they blew out Sultan and Blaine, outscoring their opponents by a combined 81 points.On Friday night the Sultan Turks seemed to be in slow motion as the Falcons tagged their eastern neighbors 86-34 in Erikson Gymnasium. The following night, the Blaine Borderites were a step or two behind as well, succumbing to the leftover blowout vibes 61-32 on the Falcons' home court.The South Whidbey home crowd certainly seemed to have a good time Friday night. After the Falcons jumped out 28-16 at the half, their fans watched and cheered as the players started to play what looked like a completely different game than the Turks. Sierra Tornga, Kelsey Ellis, Hilary Wick, and Lindsay Sievers scored at will in a 21-0 third quarter run. Sievers put herself into the ball supply business in the quarter and throughout the game, chalking up six steals and 12 assists. Tornga, Ellis and Wick took full advantage of Sievers' feeds, combining for 53 points.Although her big scorers soared almost effortlessly over a helpless-looking Turk defense during the run, Falcon coach Nancy Ricketts did not let her players rest on their laurels. She made it clear that she would accept nothing less than four complete quarters of basketball.I was really happy we kept the intensity up, Ricketts said. And it did take effort. Even if it did not look like it.When you dominate a team that much ... it can look effortless, she said.The big lead allowed Ricketts to put her bench players in for most of the fourth quarter. Sam Watson, Melissa Poolman, Lindsey Binford, Jaci Gutzmer, and Hayley Gabelein scored the bulk of 20 points over the last six minutes of the game. That indicates big things for the future, Ricketts said.We have a bench capable of beating other teams around the league, she said. Blaine gets Falcon bluesAfter losing to South Whidbey by just 9 points in December, Blaine's basketball players must have thought they had a chance Saturday night. Truth be told, they did score more -- one point more -- than they did in their 40-31 loss to the Falcon road warriors Dec. 14. But they did not count on Sierra Tornga's decision to shoot out the lights on the way to a 29-point mauling by the Falcons.Tornga was the prime motivator in the game, scoring 20 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Over the course of both weekend games, Tornga was the Falcons' offensive and defensive leader, scoring 38 total points, 23 rebounds, and making 10 steals.Sierra played two really great back-to-back games, coach Ricketts said.Kelsey Ellis was also able to pad her stat book a bit, hitting 13 points of her own and making 8 steals.Ricketts said the game was less of a lopsided affair than the previous evening.Defensively, they did a much better job than Sultan did, she said.The Falcons will play their last home game of the year on Feb. 8 when they take on Meridian. When the two teams met last on Jan. 7, the Falcons escaped with a slim 50-48 road win. Prior to the game, the team will hold its annual Senior Night recognition program. The Falcons are now 12-2 overall, 8-2 in the North Cascades League."

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