South Whidbey eliminated at district / Girls basketball

The South Whidbey High School girls basketball team finished the season with two straight losses in the district tournament, but that doesn’t mean the Falcons didn’t have a successful season.

The Falcons lost 53-17 at Mount Baker Tuesday, Feb. 11, in a loser-out game. That set South Whidbey’s season recorded at 9-13.

“I thought we had a good year,” coach Jeff Hanson said. “Nine wins is a great improvement from last year.”

The Falcons won only two games in 2018-19, and South Whidbey picked up seven games in the win column this winter despite a young roster that featured six freshmen and only two seniors.

The Falcons struggled on offense in both district tournament games. They failed to score in the opening quarter at Mount Baker as the Mountaineers built a 14-0 lead.

South Whidbey did score 8 points in the second period, getting 4 from Arianna Briggs and a three-pointer from Liz Haines, as the Mountaineers went into the break with a 25-8 lead.

Sami Daly scored all 4 of the Falcons’ third-quarter points, and Mount Baker pushed its lead to 40-12.

Madi Knauer and Nikki Murnane hit hoops for South Whidbey in the fourth period.

Briggs, Haines and Daly all finished with 4 points. Murnane and Knauer had 2 each.

Madison Barker and Petra Allred scored 10 points for Mount Baker (12-10).