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Falcon girls fall to foul whistles

"The weather wasn't bad, but still it was a foul night Friday in Whatcom County.The South Whidbey girls basketball team walked into a blizzard of fouls which contributed mightily to their 58-47 defeat at the hands of the Mount Baker Mountaineers.In the second half they had 26 free throws and they made 18, said Falcon coach Nancy Ricketts. For the entire game Mount Baker was 24 for 40 from the line, while South Whidbey connected on only 9 of 16 charity tosses.Ricketts was diplomatic about the refereeing, but obviously felt too many whistles went against her team. Aside from the fouls, however, she was pleased with her team's performance. The Falcon defense allowed only six field goals and 12 points in the second half at Mount Baker.The team's depth continues to improve as each week more players make important contributions to the effort, Ricketts said. Against Mount Baker, for example, Melissa Poolman, Lindsey Binford, Hayley Gabelein, Hilary Wick and Jaci Gutzmer all had between 5 and 8 rebounds. Poolman and Wick led the scoring with 13 and 11 points.South Whidbey grabbed an early lead and the score was close late into the second quarter. But before the buzzer, Mount Baker canned three consecutive three-pointers to take a 12 point advantage at the break.It's frustrating we're not winning, but we're playing close, Ricketts said. The Falcons have also been on the road against the powerful Whatcom County teams. We'll play them again on our court, she said. That home court advantage starts this weekend against the top two teams in the league. Last night the Falcons hosted Nooksack Valley, and tonight they play Lynden Christian as the second half of the North Cascades Conference season begins.After the Mount Baker game, the Falcons had a 2-5 league record. The Mountaineers improved to 4-3. "

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