Girls cruise to 74-30 win over Granite Falls

Jessi Eaton flies under the Tiger radar Friday to set up a shot by Marcella Litwiller. The girls hold a solid third in the Cascade Conference standings. - Jeff VanDerford
Jessi Eaton flies under the Tiger radar Friday to set up a shot by Marcella Litwiller. The girls hold a solid third in the Cascade Conference standings.
— image credit: Jeff VanDerford

Marcella Litwiller hit the bucket for the first two of 74 points as the Lady Falcons overcame Granite Falls in a lopsided contest Friday.

The girls solidified their third place league standing — South Whidbey’s Jan. 27 meeting at home against undefeated King’s looms large.

The first quarter was a blur as the girls hammered the Tigers unmercifully; stealing the ball, forcing turnovers and utilizing superior height and speed for a 22-11 advantage at the first break.

“Tonight, everything and everybody was just on,” said senior Janelle Iverson.

Indeed, the Falcon prevent defense kept the Lady Tigers off their stride, unable to turn up the heat needed to get back in the game. Lindsey Newman repeatedly stole the ball for turnover points and the Tigers scored just six in the second period.

“For a stretch in the second quarter Lindsey Newman totally took over the game,” Falcon Coach John Prytek said.

The score was 45-17 at the half.

Pyrtek replaced his starting line-up in the third, but Granite Falls couldn’t take advantage as Janelle Iverson, Erica Johnson, Katie Lint, Amanda LaVassar and Britta Madison’s combined efforts stopped the Tigers in their tracks.

“On the ball textbook defense from Erica,” Pyrtek noted. “I think she was putting in some sweat equity for next year.”

South Whidbey was nine for 25 from beyond the arc. “It’s something we practice every day,” Pyrtek said. “It’s exciting, the equivalent of a slam dunk in boys basketball.”

On the sidelines, the Granite Falls coach and players could only watch, bewildered, as the Falcons tore their defense to shreds.

By the fourth period, the Falcons were firing at will as the Tigers coasted to defeat.

“They hustled well coming out of the half,” Newman said. “It only made us get back and play harder. It was a good home court advantage win.”

Some in the crowd may have wondered about running up the score.

“How do you tell a kid who sees limited minutes not to play hard?” Pyrtek said. “How do you tell a player who goes toe to toe, nose to nose with a starter everyday in practice not to play with that kind of intensity?”

Caitie Newman led with 26 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Litwiller had 18, (15 in the first half), Lindsey Newman 13 points and 13 steals and Jessi Eaton nine points (three for three.)

Friday, the girls travel to Lakewood for a 7 p.m. start, then welcome the Knights a week later.

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