Woodinville dug deep last Saturday, pulling away late to beat Chiawana 49-44. The State regional round win sent the Lady Falcons to the Tacoma Dome this Wednesday to play Bellarmine Prep.
“We pulled it out,” Woodinville coach Scott Bullock said. “It wasn’t one of our best games. [Chiawana] is a scrappy team. They gave us a game.”
The Falcons jumped out to a quick 10-4 lead, and looked sharp. But then things bogged down. The Lady Falcons found themselves trailing 24-23 at halftime.
“We came in with a lot of nerves,” Woodinville’s Alena Coomar said. “Win and we go to the Dome, lose and the season is over. A lot of pressure, against a new team we’ve never seen before.”
The game remained a back-and-forth squeaker until late in the fourth quarter. Woodinville broke free with an 8-0 run, giving themselves a 45-38 lead.
Chiawana’s Macey Morales hit a big three-pointer with 1:55 left, cutting the lead to 45-42.
But the game’s final moments belonged to Woodinville’s Regan Schenck. The junior point guard went to the line (with Kleenex wedged into a bloody nostril) and hit two big free throws. Moments later, she stole a pass and was fouled. Her subsequent return to the line netted two more points. From there, the final seconds ticked off the clock, and the scoreboard read: Woodinville 49, Chiawana 44.
“We started the game out strong and then we got rattled I guess,” Schenck said. “We started rushing things. But we fixed some things in the second half, even though we were in foul trouble. We were making better decisions.”
Schenck led Woodinville in scoring with 15 points, while Gabby Whalen chipped in 12. Madison Lundquist secured 11 rebounds.
The win improved Woodinville’s record to 19-4. Chiawana’s record fell to 19-7.
Woodinville now heads to the Tacoma Dome to play Bellarmine Prep this Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. The Falcons are among 16 teams remaining in 4A.
“I’m super excited,” Schenck said. “A couple years ago I saw the [Woodinville] boys team play there, and when I was little I saw some [Woodinville] girls teams play there. I hope we can go far.”
For coach Scott Bullock, this will mark the fourth time he’s taken a Falcon team to the Tacoma Dome. When he was in high school, his Lake Oswego (Oregon) team made the State tourney and played in Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.
“Those experiences you never forget,” Bullock said. “They shape your whole life. Those achievements and the hard work that went into it, and the ups and downs.
“I’m an old man now,” he added. “So what it means to me is that I love getting there for the girls. You do this for kids. To see the excitement they have on their faces and to share with their teammates. We’ve got a great group of kids.”