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Girls top Granite, head to playoffs
For the first time since 1999, the Falcon girls are going to the playoffs.
Closing the season with wins Tuesday against Meridian and Friday against Granite Falls, the 9-11 Falcons clinched the sixth and last playoff spot open in the North Cascades Conference.
Three pointers were the key Friday when the South Whidbey girls had their showdown with the Tigers, who were tied in the standings with the Falcons going into the game. Even though they were the visitors in a gymnasium filled with playoff-hungry Granite Falls fans, the Falcons broke out to a 25-14 lead in the first half as Julie Robinson started on her way toward four 3-pointers and 19 total points on the night.
The Tigers still made a game of it in the third quarter. Outscoring the Falcons 17-11 in the period, the Granite girls pulled to within one point at mid-quarter before the Falcon offense started their final drive towards a 51-39 win.
Falcon Coach Sam Lee made no bones about who won the game for the team.
"Julie Robinson shot their eyes out," he said.
In addition to Robinson's long-ball success, the Falcons picked up two 3-pointers from Erin Iddins and nine points from senior Hilary Wick.
Slated to play their first district playoff game tonight against Mount Baker, the Falcons will undoubtedly be thinking back to their two losses to the Mountaineers earlier this year. Lee said his team can beat the Mountaineers the third time around.
"We should've won both Mount Baker games," he said.
If the Falcons get past Mount Baker, they will earn a Friday night game against Nooksack Valley. If they lose, they will go to a "loser out" game next Tuesday.
Friday night was also good for the Falcons' other two teams. In junior varsity action, Mary McCune scored 13 points to lead her team to a 52-21 win. Also winning on the night was South Whidbey's C squad.