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One good quarter seals win for girls in tourney's first round

"Hilary Wick fights for the ball at the bottom of a pile of players in Thursday night's game against Lynnwood.Matt Johnson/staff photoFalcon girls basketballS. Whidbey 10 21 6 13 -- 50Lynnwood 12 5 14 11 -- 42Scoring: Wick 14, Poolman 8, Skouras 7, J. Robinson 4, Binford 4, Watson 4, Gutzmer 2Down by two points after a slow first quarter Thursday night, the Falcon girls basketball team exploded for 21 second quarter points to all but guarantee a win over the 3A Lynnwood Royals.Junior Hilary Wick scored all of her 14 points in the first half and senior Sam Watson went 4-for-4 from the line in the second quarter to spark the Falcons, who eventually triumphed 50-42 in their first-round game at the Falcon Classic Tournament.The win sent the home girls to the tournament's championship game Friday night against Anacortes and boosted the team's record to 4-3 overall.The game was one in which the Falcon offense seemed to exploit its best moments to get ahead and stay ahead. After a lackluster first quarter that left the Falcons trailing the Royals 12-10, South Whidbey's offense practically staked itself into its offensive zone for eight minutes as it pounded Lynnwood 21-5 to post a 31-17 lead by halftime. Wick provided the fire during the half with her scoring performance, while Watson gave the team steadiness, shooting perfectly from the foul line.In the second half, the fate of the game rested on the shoulders of the defense. The Royals surged back in the third quarter, making up ground by outscoring the Falcons 14-6. But South Whidbey held on, thanks to steady scoring by Melissa Poolman and Shannon Skouras and fine defensive play from Jackie Gutzmer, Lindsay Binford and Julie Robinson. They kept the fourth quarter close and were outscored by an insignificant two points -- not nearly enough to dent the cushion the team built in the first half.The Falcon girls played their championship game against Anacortes after The Record's press deadline Friday night. "

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