"Anacortes, Lynnwood win Whidbey basketball tournament"
June 25, 2008 · Updated 1:00 PM
"Hayley Gabelein splits a pair of Anacortes players on her way to two points in the second period of the championship game.Jim Larsen / staff photoSouth Whidbey's girl Falcons return to league play Friday night after spending last weekend as co-hosts of the South Whidbey Invitational Tournament.The Falcons won their tournament opener over Lynnwood last Thursday, but couldn't duplicate the effort in the championship game Friday against Anacortes.Anacortes won handily, 62-46, thanks primarily to a sizeable height advantage. They featured several players taller than the tallest Falcon, 6-0 Hilary Wick, and they dominated on the offensive boards. The first quarter told the story as the visitors romped to a 23-9 lead. The Falcons stayed close the rest of the way but the damage had already been done.Wick battled Anacortes' tall timber all night and more than held her own as she collected a hard-earned 18 points to lead all scorers. Also in double figures for the Falcons was Julie Robinson with 14, while Hayley Gabelein scored 6, Melissa Poolman 6, and Lindsey Binford 2. Anacortes had three players in triple digits. The Falcon JV team also lost.Also Friday night, the boys championship game was played in the South Whidbey Tournament, although the host team was eliminated from contention the night before by Lynnwood.Lynnwood continued displaying the impressive athleticism it showed in Thursday night's 91-61 win over South Whidbey. In the championship game, the Royals defeated Cedarcrest 73-58 as Antoine Toussaint led the way with 21 points.The tournament provided solid competition for the South Whidbey boys and girls teams to prepare for the next six weeks of league games.This Friday the South Whidbey girls, now 4-4 on the year, host Meridian with varsity action starting at 7:30 p.m.The Falcon boys travel to Meridian on Friday, still in search of their first win of the season. "