Length, speed and two sisters powered King’s girls basketball team to a dominating 64-24 victory over South Whidbey in Langley Friday night.
The Lady Knights held the Falcons without a field goal and only four points on free throws in the first quarter. They harassed South Whidbey with a full-court press, zone and man-to-man defense that resulted in turnovers and frustration for the Falcons.
Behind the combined 31 points of sisters Daylee Hanson, a junior, and Savanna Hanson, a senior, King’s jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the first quarter. The Lady Knights padded it to 36-9 by halftime and ran away with the Cascade Conference win.
Victory also preserved the Lady Knights’ (11-0 conference, 14-3 overall) bid to go undefeated against conference foes. Only a couple of games are left before the 1A District 1 tournament starts Feb. 9.
South Whidbey’s first shot fell 11 minutes, 19 seconds into the game on a three-pointer from sophomore Kacie Hanson.
Kinsey Eager, a Falcon sophomore, benefited from the offense clicking better as the game wore on. She was responsible for the Falcons only points in the first quarter, hitting four of her free throws and eventually finishing 6-of-6 from the line.
Eager sparked the Falcons in the third quarter. She scored South Whidbey’s first points in the period on a pair of free throws, cutting King’s lead to 39-11. Out of a Falcon inbound pass, Eager wiggled through the Lady Knights’ defense for a layup, scoring the last of her team-high 10 points.
South Whidbey hardly went down without a fight. Several loose balls and rebounds were contested by the Falcons, none more than junior Morgan Davis, who was involved in at least four jump ball calls.
The Lady Knights, however, had gained too large a lead and were able to continue their defensive pressure and exercise their offensive prowess with their reserve players on the court for much of the fourth quarter. King’s held South Whidbey to just five points in the final period, while scoring 13.
Sisters Daylee Hanson and Savanna Hanson led the way for King’s. Daylee Hanson scored a game-high 17 points in only three quarters of play. Savanna Hanson spread her offense throughout the game for 14 points.
Play was largely clean, or at least called that way by the officiating crew. Only nine fouls were called on South Whidbey, and 14 on King’s. The Lady Knights made nine of their 11 free throws; the Falcons were 8-for-15.
Less than a week away from the 1A District 1 tournament, the Falcons are facing dire straits. Only three of four 1A Cascade Conference teams advance to the postseason, and South Whidbey and Sultan are battling for the third and final spot, with King’s and Cedar Park Christian as the first and second seeds, respectively.
South Whidbey (4-8 conference, 4-12 overall) and Sultan (4-8 conference, 5-13 overall) split their head-to-head games.