Falcons collect ugly win / Girls basketball

It was nice to play poorly and still be able to come away with a win.

The South Whidbey High School girls basketball team collected a sloppy 45-16 non-league victory at Chimacum Tuesday, Jan. 21.

“We didn’t play very well overall,” Falcon coach Jeff Hanson said. “We have to play better Friday if we want to beat Granite.”

South Whidbey (2-4, 8-9) returns to North Sound Conference action when it goes to Granite Falls (0-6, 3-14) for a 6:30 p.m. game Friday, Jan. 24. The Falcons beat the Tigers 50-34 Jan. 7.

While South Whidbey’s play at Chimacum wasn’t up to par, the Falcons still came away with a convincing win.

Not all was bad. Eleven of the 13 Falcons who played scored, and South Whidbey’s defense blanked the Cowboys in the first quarter and did not give up more than 7 points in any other period.

Sami Daly, Emma Hodson and Hadley Eager hit field goals and Kayla Knauer knocked down two free throws as South Whidbey went up 8-0 in the first quarter.

Eager tossed in 6 points, sisters Kayla and Madi Knauer drained three-pointers and Isabelle Wood added a field goal in the second period, pushing the Falcons’ lead to 22-5.

Arianna Briggs, Liz Haines, Ella Wood, Hodson and Isabelle Wood all sank buckets in the third quarter to give South Whidbey a 32-9 lead.

Zoe West and Daly hit three-pointers in the fourth period to help the Falcons finish off the Cowboys (6-6).

Eager led South Whidbey in scoring with 8 points. Isabelle Wood had 6, Daly 5, Kayla Knauer 5, Hodson 4, Ella Wood 4, Madi Knauer 3, West 3, Briggs 3, Simone White 2 and Haines 2.

Only four Cowboys scored, led by Alyssa Nordberg with 8.