Cedar Park Christian’s Irena Korolenko, last year’s North Sound Conference Player of the Year, missed four games earlier this season but she made her presence known in a 57-39 win over visiting South Whidbey Tuesday, Dec. 17.
Korolenko, a 6-foot senior, scored 29 points to lead the Eagles to the win in the league opener.
South Whidbey (0-1, 2-4) plays at 6:30 Friday, Dec. 20, at Bellevue Christian (4-1). The Vikings defeated Cedar Park Christian 45-17 in one of the games Korolenko missed.
Korolenko tallied 14 points in the first quarter against South Whidbey as the Eagles soared to an 18-7 lead.
The Falcons limited CPC to 4 points in the second period and received 4 points each from Ella Wood, Emma Hodson and Isabelle Wood to trim the Eagles’ lead to 22-20 at halftime.
Arianna Briggs and Isabelle Wood each scored 4 points in the third quarter, but Korolenko had 6 and the Eagles inched ahead 37-32.
Korolenko and Olivia Decker each scored 6 points in the final frame as Cedar Park outscored the Falcons 20-7 to pull away.
Isabelle Wood finished with 14 points to pace South Whidbey. Hodson and Ella Wood added 6 each; Briggs and Madi Knauer 4 apiece; Bella Pierce 3, Nikki Murnane 2 and Liz Haines 1.