Author Norman Maclean might have been haunted by waters, but if Woodinville basketball coach Scott Bullock is to be haunted by anything this off-season, it shall be by visions of Inglemoor’s front court. The towering trio of Deja Strother, Kennedy Nicholas and Alex Hagen all stood 6’1” or taller, and dealt undersized Woodinville three tough losses. Inglemoor proved to be the primary obstacle to Woodinville winning KingCo and going to State.
But to anyone watching Woodinville this year, the Lady Falcons always put on an entertaining show and proved to be a tenacious, run-and-gun squad that was well-coached. In the final analysis, they went 10-4 in KingCo play and 14-9 overall.
“During league play we were solid,” Bullock said. “Aside from Inglemoor, we had great games against all the other teams. It was a fun season, the girls played well.”
When asked of the season’s highlights, Bullock referenced the January 31st game against Eastlake. The Lady Falcons played flawless basketball that night en route to an 81-69 triumph.
“Eastlake was one of the top teams in our league, and that win was one of the highlights of our season,” Bullock said. “Those games are the kind you remember forever. I’m sure the girls will remember that game for a long time.”
Throughout the season, Bullock delighted in seeing his team’s balanced attack.
“The most satisfying thing about this year’s team was that it was a true team,” he said. “We had 10 girls that suited up, and eight of them at one point or another were the leading scorer. You never knew which player was going to bring the points each game. Our leading scorer overall was Mackenzie Campbell, but in one game Erin Hamilton had 18, in another game Tynan Gable had 15, in another game Sabin Keo had 14, and in the Eastlake game Emily Spencer had 19. I think the most satisfying thing was that we had a lot of depth and a lot of girls stepped up at different times. It made us difficult to scout and was a lot of fun.”
Following each game, Bullock would take a few minutes to stand in the hallway outside the locker room and peer at his clipboard, scrutinizing the stat sheet.
“It’s always fun to see a few school records go by the wayside,” he said. “Madison Ramirez had 7 three-pointers in one game, which was a school record. Sabin Keo took 13 charges on the year, another school record. As a team we took 31 charges, and the previous school record for the girls team was 13, so we just blew that out of the water. That’s a fun thing, because charges show toughness and that you’re ready to battle.”
It’s clear that Bullock will carry fond memories from this year’s team. “We averaged 58 points a game, which was 4th most in the 30-year history of Woodinville High School,” he said. “We were a team that could run and could score. That made it a really fun season.”