Fabulous freshman shines in home opener

  • Written by Derek Johnson

They seemed in midseason form, these Lady Falcons. Last Wednesday night, as Woodinville (2-0) cruised to a 67-49 win over Issaquah, there were many things to like from the entire roster: precision passing, deadly shooting and a pressure defense that made opposing ball handlers about as comfortable as a goldfish dropped into a piranha tank.

ReganFreshman point guard Regan Schenck made a big splash in her home debut last Wednesday. (Photo by Derek Johnson) But the belle of this ball was freshman point guard Regan Schenck. Playing 28 minutes, she produced 15 points, 8 assists and 3 steals. Relentless on defense and silky smooth on offense, she quarterbacked the squad with all the confidence and panache of an upperclassman.

“She’s a very talented girl,” Woodinville coach Scott Bullock said. “She has great endurance, she’s quick, she’s explosive. She can shoot the ball and she’s unselfish. She comes from a great family.

And the great thing is that I have her for four more years.”

By no means, however, was this a one-girl show. Emily Spencer scored 22 points, Gabby Phillips had 11 and Rachel Schenck added 9. And every player on the roster contributed in some form.
Overall, the team defense amassed an amazing 14 turnovers, which played a key role during a 17-1 run to open up the third quarter.

“We all work hard and push each other and make each other better,” Emily Spencer said. “We focused on pressuring the ball and getting the steals.”

“That third quarter was really fun to watch,” Bullock said. “They got after it defensively and created a lot of turnovers and finished on the offensive end. We have a lot of freshmen. Regan played phenomenal today, Madison [Lundquist] was a post presence and got a lot of minutes and a lot of boards. Both Kennedy [Selway] and Nikki [Zaback] came in and contributed, it was a great team effort.”

Amanda Best, a Woodinville grad in her first year as assistant coach, marveled at the team chemistry.

“It’s how everyone is unselfish and they don’t care how many points they have,” Best said. “They just want to win and they really congratulate each other on their successes. And that’s really rare.
“Because usually everyone wants to be the star and worries about how many points they have, so I think that the selflessness of this team is what is really going to help carry it far.”

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