Losses aren't the end for Falcon girls

Bombarded by three pointers Thursday and just outlasted by two points Tuesday, the Falcon girls could not find that elusive second conference win this week.

Though senior Julie Robinson nailed four treys of her own and 20 points total against Lakewood, six Cougar shots from beyond the arc gave Lakewood the edge it needed to win 57-48 at home Thursday.

The loss followed another against Meridian Tuesday. The Trojans edged the Falcons 44-42 after South Whidbey was forced to play without 6-foot sophomore Mary McCune, who was injured in a struggle for the ball halfway through the game.

Howard Collier, the team's coach, said his now 1-7 team is desperately searching for a way to win as the the Falcons head into their final eight games. He said the girls have been competitive in every game they have played this year, but have been unable to take a lead and hold it to the end.

"These girls don't give up," he said.

That attitude has won them the respect of their opponents, but has not, so far, paid off with numbers in the win column.

"Every team that plays us is afraid of us," Collier said.

Expected to go into games against Nooksack on Tuesday, Stanwood Wednesday and Sultan on Thursday and Saturday with both McCune and point guard Bronwyn Russell off the injured list, South Whidbey will have a full starting lineup to throw at the competition. Russell scored 10 points against Lakewood Thursday, signaling her complete recovery from a wrist injury that kept her out of three games a week ago.

Collier said he would like to see the girls grab five more wins by the end of the season, something he said is within the team's grasp.

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