Four months ago one would never have guessed the amazing results for this Woodinville eighth grade girls basketball team to end their season! Plagued with injuries and illness, this team has fought together.
The Woodinville Lady Falcons eighth grade team brought home the State Championship played on March 12 and 13 in Spokane. The team swept four opponents by an average margin of 13.5 points.
The Lady Falcons opened the tournament with a 47-27 win against a long and athletic Bainbridge team with a number of sharp-shooting guards. In Game 2, Woodinville beat a lightning-quick Wapato team 51-35. In the semi-finals against Puyallup/Rogers, Woodinville struggled shooting as they moved to the arena setting of the Convention Center but came away with a 39-33 victory.
In the finals, Marysville, another tall and physical team, stood between Woodinville and the state championship. Marysville applied a tight 3-2 defense that again frustrated the cold-shooting Lady Falcons.
After a back-and-forth first half, Woodinville was able to open up a 5-point lead early in the second half.
With no shot clock, the Lady Falcons pulled the ball out near the half-court line and played a friendly game of catch for about two minutes, forcing Marysville to finally come out and play man-to-man defense. Woodinville capitalized and went on the attack using their speed, spacing and great ball movement to go on a 20-5 run to put the game away.