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Falcon JV, C-squad make for a winning youth movement
While the varsity team had a few more losses than its players and coach wanted this season, two other Falcon girls basketball teams were doing the winning any program needs.
Making the same number of practices, playing just as many games and working just as hard to be the best basketball players they could this season were the members of South Whidbey High School's junior varsity and C-squad basketball teams. Made up of freshmen, sophomores and juniors, these two teams combined for a 16-16 record this season as they prepared to be the future of their school's varsity program.
When it came to winning, the C-squad players were the stars. Eight freshmen, who team coach Greg Hein said were a mix of athletes and pure basketball players, were hot all year long, with the exception of two games after a three-week winter break and their final game of the season, against Mount Baker.
Leading the team were Sara Hicks with 10.6 points per game, Amanda LaVassar with 9.5 and Janelle Iversen with 7.2. Backed by Lucy Brennan's dependable 5-7 points a game, consistent defensive leadership from Silver Keck, team leadership from Laura Poolman, the team was a match for teams from any school, including 4A Jackson, Stanwood and Monroe, all of who lost to the Falcon Cs.
The team also got solid play from the team's quickest study, Krista Holmberg, and Cassidy Alber.
The team's only stumbling block during the season was Mount Baker, which beat the Falcons in the teams' two meetings.
"The kids couldn't solve that team for some reason," Hein said.
Hein said the C-squad players are crucial to the future of the high school program because they are the varsity players of the coming three years.
JV girls beat
A slow start did not hurt the JV team for long this season.
After coming out of the gate with three straight losses, the JV Falcons found their rhythm on Dec. 20 when a 64-22 win sparked four straight wins and a good deal of confidence. Coaching a team with players ranging from freshmen to juniors, Henry Pope said his girls learned as much about each other as they did about their sport.
The season, he said, was a success, even though losses outnumbered wins on the final stat sheet. Leading the team were sophomore point guard Brianne Dumke with 10.5 points, five assists and 2.3 steals per game, and sophomore Richelle Rorex with 9.5 points. Specializing in rebounds, sophomore Kelsey Smith grabbed seven balls a game while freshman and basketball newcomer Melissa Mydynski pulled in six per game.
Overall, the stats meant the JV Falcons were never down by more than four points at the half in all but one of their final eight games. The third quarter, said Coach Pope, was where games tended to get away.
He lauded Dumke and Rorex for their offensive skills, and team members Kelsey Smith, Brittany Peterson, Marcella Litwiller and Britta Madison for their defensive toughness.
"These players never backed down and never gave up no matter what the score," Pope wrote in a season summary this week.
The season might have brought more wins had sophomore Kelsey Broderick not suffered a season-ending knee injury playing Sultan Jan. 30.
Pope said he looks forward to next season for both the possibilities and the personalities of his team.
"I cried when they turned in their uniforms," he said this week.
|Season in review|
|Dec. 6||Jackson 62||South Whidbey 29|
|Dec. 13||Lakewood 65||South Whidbey 50|
|Dec. 17||Nooksack 66||South Whidbey 42|
|Dec. 20||South Whidbey 64||Vashon 22|
|Dec. 21||South Whidbey 50||Forks 33|
|Jan. 4||South Whidbey 42||Ingraham 41 (OT)|
|Jan. 7||Granite Falls 42||South Whidbey 34|
|Jan. 10||Mount Baker 47||South Whidbey 30|
|Jan. 15||South Whidbey 35||Blaine 34|
|Jan. 17||Lynden Christian 40||South Whidbey 28|
|Jan. 21||Meridian 35||South Whidbey 32|
|Jan. 23||Lakewood 57||South Whidbey 40|
|Jan. 28||Nooksack 48||South Whidbey 21|
|Jan. 30||South Whidbey 39||Sultan 35|
|Feb. 1||South Whidbey 59||Sultan 33|
|Feb. 6||Granite Falls 43||South Whidbey 38|
|Feb. 11||Mount Baker 43||South Whidbey 29|
|Feb. 14||Blaine 46||South Whidbey 43 (2 OT)|
|Feb. 18||Lynden Christian 46||South Whidbey 42|
|Feb. 21||South Whidbey 61||Meridian 44|
|Dec. 6||South Whidbey 38||Jackson 16|
|Dec. 13||South Whidbey 48||Lakewood 19|
|Dec. 17||South Whidbey 55||Nooksack 31|
|Jan. 10||Mount Baker 33||South Whidbey 29|
|Jan. 17||Lynden Christian 38||South Whidbey 24|
|Jan. 21||South Whidbey 32||Meridian 28|
|Jan. 23||South Whidbey 34||Lakewood 23|
|Jan. 28||South Whidbey 50||Nooksack 33|
|Jan. 29||South Whidbey 46||Stanwood 24|
|Jan. 30||South Whidbey 57||Monroe 41|
|Feb. 1||South Whidbey 56||Monroe 39|
|Feb. 6||South Whidbey 62||Ingraham 12|
|Feb. 8||South Whidbey 43||Ingraham 11|
|Feb. 11||Mount Baker 43||South Whidbey 36|