Falcons split weekend games / Girls basketball

The South Whidbey High School girls basketball team recovered from a 62-33 loss to visiting Cedar Park Christian Friday, Jan. 10, to wallop Northwest 48-15 the following day in Langley.

The Falcons (2-2, 7-7) now head to King’s (8-2) to meet the powerful Knights at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14.

CPC 62, South Whidbey 33

The Eagles (4-0, 10-4) beat the Falcons for the second time this season, and, once again, were led by Irena Korolenko, who poured in 27 points. Korolenko, who is the reigning league MVP, scored 29 points in the first meeting Dec. 17.

Last year the Seattle University commit torched South Whidbey for 31 and 21 points.

The Eagles jumped to a 14-5 lead as the Falcons could muster only field goals by Liz Haines and Isabelle Wood and an Ella Wood free throw.

Korolenko, who scored 5 points in the first period, added 9 in the second to offset 8 by Isabelle Wood, helping Cedar Park Christian go up 31-15 at halftime.

Korolenko tacked on 11 points in the third period — Isabelle Wood registered 6 for the Falcons — and CPC took a 48-25 lead into the final quarter.

Madi Knauer sank a three-ball for South Whidbey in the fourth quarter but the Eagles outscored the Falcons 14-8 to wrap up the one-sided win.

Isabelle Wood led South Whidbey with 17 points.

The 6-1 freshman “keeps getting better and better every game,” according to Falcon coach Jeff Hanson.

No other Falcon scored more than 4 points. Haines had 4, Knauer and Ella Wood 3 and Kayla Knauer, Emma Hodson and Sami Daly 2 each.

Olivia Decker backed Korolenko with 14 points.

South Whidbey 45, Northwest 15

Behind a stingy defense, South Whidbey smothered Seattle’s The Northwest School in the non-league contest.

The Falcons limited Northwest to 2 first-half points and 6 through three periods.

Six South Whidbey players scored in the first period — Ella Wood had a three-ball and Arianna Briggs and Isabelle Wood each tossed in a pair of hoops — and the Falcons took control early, 17-2.

Isabelle Wood added 8 more points, Daly drained a three and South Whidbey led 31-2 at the break.

Ella Wood scored 6 points, 3 on a long ball, and the Falcons upped their lead to 41-6 in the third quarter.

Hadley Eager connected on two hoops and Nikki Murnane sank a three in the fourth quarter for South Whidbey.

Isabelle Wood ended with 12 points. Ella Wood had 9, Briggs 6, Daly 5, Eager 4, Hodson 4, Murnane 3, Kayla Knauer 3 and Madi Knauer 2.

Sasha Hanna led Northwest (2-8) with 5 points, all in the fourth quarter.

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