Heading into the final week of the regular season, the Crest Division of KingCo 4A has become a white-hot, three-team race.
The Woodinville Falcons saw to that last Friday night. Paced by Emily Spencer’s 19 points, Woodinville stormed past Eastlake with a statement win, 81-69.
“We were so excited to play in this game and ready for the challenge to play Eastlake because they are a great team,” Spencer said.
Inglemoor and Eastlake now sit with 10-2 conference records, while Woodinville nips at their heels at 9-3. The Falcons have won 5 of their last 6 games.
Video from Woodinville’s offensive attack last Friday night should serve as a primer on passing. From opening tip to final buzzer, the ball was in constant motion around the court. It circulated endlessly until an open shot at the basket was achieved. Ball movement never bogged down. More to the point, the Lady Falcons played cohesively, seemingly thinking via one brain, almost like a network of computers.
“This is a family right here, this is the sistas,” Falcon forward Sabin Keo said with soulful exaggeration in her voice. “The Woodinville Falcon sistas. We are family on and off the court.”
“We’re playing great together and we’re all like a family and we all love each other,” Emily Spencer added.
Woodinville coach Scott Bullock felt pleased after studying the post game stat sheet.
“We’ve talked a lot about peaking at the right time of the season,” he said. “We know we’ve got a good team here. The greatest strength of our team is that we’ve got 10 kids who can play ... probably 8 of the 10 players have been the leading scorer at one time or another. Different girls are stepping up every night. Our depth and chemistry are really good and we’re feeling good about this time of year.”
Bullock was asked about his team’s passing ability and overall hustle.
“We talk a lot about moving the ball, making good cuts, filling hard and no one is standing. No one is jogging, no one is walking. Great defensive energy. Defense is what creates offense. Most of the time when your defense is solid you can cause turnovers and create easy transition buckets.”
For the final week of the regular season, Woodinville hosts Roosevelt for Senior Night on February 5th, before traveling to Inglemoor for a showdown February 7th. Eastlake meanwhile plays host to Issaquah and Redmond.