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Ailing Falcons can't find cure in Lynden
After the Blaine Borderites showed up sick at South Whidbey's Erikson Gymnasium last week, the Falcon girls had the chance to spread the favor to one of the conference's best teams this week.
On the road Tuesday against Lynden Christian, the South Whidbey girls weren't feeling great. Coach Howard Collier said he's not sure if the Falcons caught whooping cough from Blaine, but several on the team, including him, have been under the weather ever since.
Facing the last road game of the season Tuesday, feeling lousy was not a preferred option. Nor was losing, which is what the Falcons did, 59-52.
But in a season full of close contests, the game against Lynden Christian brought out some of the best South Whidbey has.
"We played a real good game," said Collier. "I wish we had played like that all year."
The loss was the Falcons' seventh by less than 10 points this season and once again had them playing like a team that is much better than its 4-15 overall record.
The two teams were well matched on offense throughout much of the game, except for a South Whidbey stumble in the third quarter that yielded just five points. Falling behind in a 18-14 in the first quarter, the Falcons matched the Lyncs' 17 points in the second quarter.
Two South Whidbey starters, Bronwyn Russell and Mary McCune, did much of the work to keep their team in the game, scoring 13 apiece.
But after their third-quarter scoring disaster, they could not make up the difference, especially as Lynden Christian's outside shooters put up seven three-pointers to the Falcons' one.
Out of playoff contention at 3-12 in the North Cascades Conference, the girls played their final home game of the season Friday.