Kayla Knauer, center, leads South Whidbey on a break against Granite Falls Friday. (Photo by Jim Waller/South Whidbey Record)

Kayla Knauer, center, leads South Whidbey on a break against Granite Falls Friday. (Photo by Jim Waller/South Whidbey Record)

Tigers survive Falcon rally / Girls basketball

After a a low scoring first three quarters, the Granite Falls High School girls basketball team prevailed in a wild fourth period to defeat South Whidbey 30-26 Friday, Jan. 25, in Langley.

If the Falcons want to pick up their first North Sound Conference win, they will have to do it away from home. South Whidbey finishes the season this week with two road games. The Falcons (0-8, 2-16) play at Sultan (2-6, 6-12) at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, and then face first-place King’s (8-0, 14-4) at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1.

Granite Falls 30, South Whidbey 26

The Falcons came from behind to tie the game at 14 going into the fourth quarter.

South Whidbey took an early lead in the final period but couldn’t hang on.

“(We) couldn’t finish,” South Whidbey coach Jeff Hanson said. “If we could only make a few shots.”

Arianna Briggs and Kayla Knauer each scored 4 points in the fourth quarter to led the Falcon rally.

Knauer just missed a late three-ball that would have given South Whidbey the lead, then the Falcons were forced to foul. Granite Falls hit five of six free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

The Tigers’ Jasmine Myers scored all 8 of her points in the period to help Granite Falls hold on.

Granite Falls led 6-4 after the first period and then outscored South Whidbey 7-2 in the second quarter to go up 12-6 at halftime.

Briggs scored 6 points in the third, Emma Hodson added 2 and the Falcons held the Tigers to 2 points to make it 14-14, setting up the frantic finish.

Briggs finished with 12 points, Hodson 6, Knauer 4 and Ella Wood 4.

Myers’ 8 topped the Tigers (3-6, 5-13).

Ashley Lynch launches a three-pointer for the Falcons.	(Photo by Jim Waller/South Whidbey Record)

Ashley Lynch launches a three-pointer for the Falcons. (Photo by Jim Waller/South Whidbey Record)

Ella Wood, center, draws a crowd of Granite Falls defenders on the way to the hoop.	(Photo by Jim Waller/South Whidbey Record)

Ella Wood, center, draws a crowd of Granite Falls defenders on the way to the hoop. (Photo by Jim Waller/South Whidbey Record)

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