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Girls overcome, stop Sequim 66-52

Lady Falcon Janelle Iversen swoops in under the Wolves’ radar for a quick two Saturday during their 66-52 win over Sequim. The girls face their first league opponent Friday at King’s High School.  - Jeff VanDerford
Lady Falcon Janelle Iversen swoops in under the Wolves’ radar for a quick two Saturday during their 66-52 win over Sequim. The girls face their first league opponent Friday at King’s High School.
— image credit: Jeff VanDerford

The South Whidbey Falcons girls basketball team was neither bewitched, bothered nor bewildered by the presence of Wolves Saturday in Erickson Gym as they overcame Sequim 66-52.

Maybe it was their new black “Game On” T-shirts or maybe it was just old-fashioned hard work and lots of practice.

“Our shooting was good tonight, about where we normally are,” said co-captain Jessi Eaton.

Watching daughter Erica warming up, principal Mike Johnson noted he used to head Sequim High School.

His loyalty, however, now lies with the South Whidbey squad. “My blood runs Falcon blue,” he said.

“Last year we played a terrible game at Sequim and it was a team goal this year to play our best and win,” Falcon Coach John Pyrtek said. “The final score doesn’t reflect our domination of the game.”

New varsity starter Lindsey Newman struck first on a fast-break pass from sister Caitie.

The Wolves responded to this audacious ploy by not scoring until three minutes had passed, and the score stood at 20-9 at the break.

Sequim shot its way back into the game in the second quarter with their improved accuracy. Wolf center Sarah Moores and guard Jenet Mingoy played with style and spunk, keeping the Falcon defense on their toes.

One key for this game, and potentially valuable for the rest of the season, no single Lady Falcon could claim a starring role — they all contributed as the score stood at the half, 39-25.

And they weren’t afraid to have fun, either. Before the third quarter ended, Janelle Iversen looked left and threw right to Newman who threw a backward pass to Katie Lint under the hoop — it didn’t go in but it was very pretty to watch.

The Wolves tried a few desperation plays and converted from zone to man-to-man defense but it was all for naught as the Falcons wrapped things up, 66-52.

“The team worked hard and came out strong in the third quarter. We moved the ball really well tonight,” senior Marcella Litwiller said.

Eaton has been helping ninth-grader Lindsey Newman and isn’t surprised she’s starting.

“Lindsey has earned the right to start and play at this level,” Eaton said.

Pyrtek felt Newman had an outstanding game.

“At one point she seemed to be everywhere — rebounding, going the length of the floor, making steals or scoring.”

Newman agreed. “I got lucky. The varsity girls are terrific; we all get along so well. Jessi and my sister are great captains. However, tennis is my favorite sport,” she confessed. “Then basketball.”

Caitie Newman led with 20 points and three three-pointers. Lindsey had 16 and two threes, Litwiller 15 points and Eaton, 10.

“Jessi’s the quarterback. She does a great job running the offense while ensuring everyone’s on the same page defensively,” Pyrtek said.

The girls travel to King’s Friday for their first Cascade Conference outing.

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