Hot Sultan shoots down Falcons / Girls basketball

The red-hot Sultan High School girls basketball team stopped host South Whidbey 65-45 Tuesday, Jan. 28.

With the loss, the Falcons (3-5, 9-10) are in fourth place in the North Sound Conference standings with one game left. Sultan (2-5, 6-11) has two league games remaining and could jump past the Falcons.

South Whidbey wraps up the regular season at Coupeville (4-3, 10-5) at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Sultan 65, South Whidbey 45

“(Sultan) shot the ball out of their minds,” South Whidbey coach Jeff Hanson said.

No Turk was hotter than Grace Trichler, who scorched South Whidbey for a whopping 39 points.

The Falcons’ Liz Haines drained a pair of three-pointers and Trichler countered with six points as the two teams finished the first quarter in a 8-8 tie.

In the second period, Trichler went off for 14 points and Mandy McKay scored all 10 of her points to help Sultan outscore the Falcons 28-13 a 36-21 halftime lead.

Sami Dailey dropped in two from beyond the arc for South Whidbey in the period.

Trichler tossed in a trio of threes and scored 11 points in the third period. Isabelle Wood tallied 5 points and Daly and Ella Wood hit threes, but the Falcons trailed 55-36 after three periods.

Trichler finished her outstanding night with 8 fourth-quarter points. Kayla Knauer knocked down a three for the Falcons in the period.

Daly paced South Whidbey in scoring with 9 points. Sisters Isabelle and Ella Wood had 8 each, Emma Hodson 6, Haines 6, Kayla Knauer 3, Arianna Briggs 3 and Madi Knauer 2.

McKay and Abby Owens backed Trichler with 10 points each.