South Whidbey was led in scoring for the second time all season by someone other than Parker Collins as the Falcons were trumped by the King’s Knights 72-34.
King’s charged out to a quick lead on its home court. Falcon head coach said Knight senior Corey Kispert, who is being courted by Division I schools for a scholarship, hit two deep three-pointers to open the first quarter.
“The first two plays of the game, he had two long-range threes,” Washington said. “How do you stop that?”
From there, King’s pummeled South Whidbey in the second and third quarters. Through the middle periods, the Knights outscored the Falcons 41-18 and held a comfortable 59-25 lead going into the final eight-minute quarter.
“Turnovers killed us,” Washington said. “We had over 20 turnovers. There was a time we had five in a row.”
Falcon senior Chandler Sutton scored a team-high 15 points, but his effort was outshined by King’s senior Corey Kispert’s game-high 17 points.
The Knights hit eight three-pointers, including four from Koa Wilkins, who finished with 14 points. Kispert made three three-pointers.
All of Collins’ points came from beyond the arc, where he hit four three-pointers. Washington said King’s defensive prowess was focused on limiting Collins, and it worked.
“They were [in a] box-and-one, double-teaming him,” Washington said. “It was a struggle to score.”
South Whidbey’s offense was largely stagnant, as only four Falcons recorded a point. King’s offense was powered by 10 Knights scoring.
South Whidbey’s spot in the 1A District 1 tournament is secured. Trailing the first-place King’s squad by several wins, South Whidbey is in third place behind Sultan, which swept the Falcons this season.
The tournament begins Feb. 9.