The high-flying Falcons of late were brought low by the King’s Knights in a 66-32 loss Tuesday night.
The point total was South Whidbey’s second-lowest score of the season. The lowest was the team’s first meeting with King’s on Dec. 10 when the Falcons mustered 31 points. And it came on the heels of the Falcons scoring more than 70 points in three of their previous four contests.
Committing 19 turnovers dug South Whidbey into a hole from which it did not escape. Defensively, the Knights corralled the Falcons into turnover after turnover and scoreless possessions. By the game’s end, South Whidbey managed to convert a meager 24 percent of its field goals.
“Defensively our kids just don’t play with great effort, but the turnovers put us in a liability defensively as well,” said Falcon head coach Scott Collins in a text message.
King’s charged ahead early in the game. With South Whidbey lurking after an 11-8 first quarter, King’s ran wild in the second period and held a 40-18 lead by halftime.
South Whidbey’s offense did little else in the second half, scoring six points in the third quarter and eight points in the fourth.
The Knights were led by Corey Krispert’s game-high 20 points, including four three-pointers.
Senior CJ Sutfin and junior Parker Collins led the Falcons with 12 points a piece.
The loss secured King’s (7-1 conference, 12-2 overall) as the top-seeded 1A team from the Cascade Conference. South Whidbey will need to beat Coupeville for a second time this season Jan. 28 to secure a playoff spot in the 1A District 1 tournament Feb. 10-15.