Led by 10 girls scoring for the South Whidbey basketball team, the Falcons rolled to a 43-32 victory over Granite Falls on Tuesday.
Only two Falcons who entered the game at Granite Falls failed to log a point in the Cascade Conference contest. The Tigers had four scorers, led by Hayley Hansen’s eight points.
The Falcons made up for 35 percent field goal shooting and 64 percent free-throw shooting with volume. South Whidbey had an offensive barrage with 54 shots and 17 free throws.
After a near stalemate in the first quarter, South Whidbey (2-1 Cascade Conference, 2-2 overall) led 5-4. But the Falcons broke out in the second quarter to a 25-8 lead by the halftime break. The Falcons never lost their double-digit lead in the second half and were able to stay ahead of the Tigers.
Rebounding was controlled by the Falcons, who recorded 35 boards compared to the Tigers’ 21. Defense was the key for the Falcons, who only had three assists. Instead of relying on a high-efficiency offense, the Falcons harassed the Tigers into 35 turnovers and recorded 17 steals, including six from freshman guard Mikayla Hezel, who played a team-high 22 minutes.
Falcon senior Abby Hodson scored a team-high eight points. Sophomore Kinsey Eager logged seven points and 11 rebounds. Bailey Forsyth, a sophomore, hit the Falcons’ only three-pointer and finished with six points. Megan Drake also scored six points.
Currently, the Falcons are in fourth place in the Cascade Conference. Four of the top five teams are 1A, with 2A Archbishop Murphy (2-0 conference, 3-1 overall) in first place and King’s (2-0 conference, 2-2 overall) in second place.