South Whidbey coach Jeff Hanson discusses the Coupeville game with Mary Moss (3).	(Photo by John Fisken)

South Whidbey coach Jeff Hanson discusses the Coupeville game with Mary Moss (3). (Photo by John Fisken)

Falcons fall twice / Girls basketball

It was a rugged weekend for the South Whidbey High School girls basketball team as the Falcons lost twice, falling to rival Coupeville 34-25 Friday, Jan. 17, in Langley and then 62-21 at first-place King’s Saturday.

The Falcons (2-4, 7-9) take a break from North Sound Conference play to go to Chimacum (6-5) for a 5:15 p.m. non-league game Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Coupeville 34, South Whidbey 25

South Whidbey couldn’t get its offense going in the loss to the Wolves (3-1, 8-3). The shots were there, they just wouldn’t fall, and the Falcons were limited to single-digit scoring in each period.

Coupeville jumped to a 6-0 lead, then buckets by Arianna Briggs and Isabelle Wood, a free throw by Emma Hodson and a three-pointer by Liz Haines helped the Falcons trim the deficit to 2, 10-8, at the quarter break.

The Wolves’ Scout Smith pumped in a pair of long range shots to lead Coupeville to a 10-point second period; South Whidbey mustered only two hoops, one each from the Wood sisters, Ella and Isabelle, and the Falcons trailed 20-12 at the break.

South Whidbey’s the hole became deeper in the third period, as Coupeville increased its lead to 30-18 despite two field goals by Kayla Knauer.

South Whidbey outscored Coupeville in the fourth period behind 4 points by Isabelle Wood and 3 from Ella Wood, but it wasn’t nearly enough to pull off the comeback.

Isabelle Wood finished with 8 points, Ella Wood 5, Knauer 4, Haines 3, Briggs 2, Sami Daly 2 and Hodson 1.

Smith and Chelsea Prescott tallied 13 for the Wolves.

King’s 62, South Whidbey 21

For the second consecutive game, the Falcons failed to score more than 8 points in a quarter.

The fourth-ranked Knights, with four players scoring 4 or more points, put up more points in the first quarter than South Whidbey did in the game, jumping to a 24-5 lead.

The lead grew to 42-13 at halftime and 50-18 after three quarters.

Isabelle Wood ended the game with 6 points; Knauer 4; Haines 3; Briggs, Ella Wood and Hodson 2; and Hadley Eager and Mary Moss 1.

Eleven Knights scored, led by Claire Gallagher, the conference’s co-MVP last year, with 12.

Gallagher, who did not play in the fourth quarter, is a “legit D-1 player,” according to South Whidbey coach Jeff Hanson.

“I thought coming off a tough loss last night, the girls rallied and played really hard,” he added. “The score might not indicate it, but we competed the whole game.

“Isabelle played really well against 6-1 and 6-3 girls.

“I am really proud of them.”

Ella Wood protects the ball for South Whidbey.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Ella Wood protects the ball for South Whidbey. (Photo by John Fisken)

Liz Haines lines up a shot against Coupeville.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Liz Haines lines up a shot against Coupeville. (Photo by John Fisken)

Emma Hodson inbounds the ball against Coupeville.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Emma Hodson inbounds the ball against Coupeville. (Photo by John Fisken)

Isabelle Wood, left, shoots over the defense of Coupeville’s Hannah Davidson.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Isabelle Wood, left, shoots over the defense of Coupeville’s Hannah Davidson. (Photo by John Fisken)

Point guard Kayla Knauer advances the ball in Friday’s game.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Point guard Kayla Knauer advances the ball in Friday’s game. (Photo by John Fisken)

Madi Knauer battles for possession with Coupeville’s Scout Smith.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Madi Knauer battles for possession with Coupeville’s Scout Smith. (Photo by John Fisken)

Mary Moss looks for an open teammate.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Mary Moss looks for an open teammate. (Photo by John Fisken)

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