Triple trouble tops Turks

Sultan didn’t stand a chance.

When the Turks came to town Tuesday to make up a snowed-out basketball game against the South Whidbey High School girls, they probably didn’t know that their very presence would spark the Falcons’ best game of the season so far.

In one of their highest-scoring games in several seasons, the Falcons buried the Turks 72-36 as three South Whidbey girls shot in double figures and the entire varsity roster applied the most effective defensive pressure of the year.

Led again by team scoring leader Marcella Litwiller, who had 20 on the night in her most productive varsity outing, the Falcons left no doubt from the very start. They went up 9-0 early in the first quarter, shutting out Sultan in the first six minutes partly through skill and partly through luck. Applying a heavy press, the Falcons forced several early turnovers. And when they couldn’t steal the ball away, Sultan’s abysmal shooting from the field kept them from doing much damage on the scoreboard.

South Whidbey pushed its advantage right up to halftime, gapping the Turks 36-14 even as team coach Howard Collier rotated his bench players into the game.

Litwiller, who benefitted from aggressive playmaking from senior point guard Bronwyn Russell, said every member of the team played her part in the victory, the Falcons’ third of the season.

“We did awesome,” she said.

Also putting up big points on the night were Russell with 14 and Caitie Newman with 10.

Now 2-3 in the North Cascades Conference and 3-4 overall, the Falcons head into a three-game home stand over the next week. Today, they play 8-0 NCC leader Blaine at Erikson Gymnasium before turning to somewhat easier contests against 4-6 Meridian Tuesday and 2-6 Lakewood on Friday.

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