The Woodinville Falcons headed into last Friday’s showdown with Inglemoor on the brink of a 3-way tie for the KingCo crown.
Instead, they ran into a big and tall buzz saw, as Inglemoor’s dominant front court proved too much en route to a 66-50 win over Woodinville.
“Inglemoor is a tall team obviously, and we are not,” Woodinville forward Mackenzie Campbell said. “We were rushing our shots. We’re a fast team, but we can’t be too fast for our own game. There is a gray zone in there we’ve got figure out how fast to go without hurting your shots.”
With no starters over 6’0” tall, Woodinville faced an extreme disadvantage in confronting Inglemoor’s starting 5. This included the 6’3” forward Kennedy Nicholas (19 points), and the 6’4” wide body center Deja Strother (18 points).
Trailing Inglemoor 13-11 after the first quarter, things began to unravel for Woodinville in the second stanza. The sheer size and flailing arms of Strother and Nicholas forced Woodinville to alter and rush their shots, and the ball continuously clanged off the rim. Inglemoor outscored the Lady Falcons 24-6 during that stretch to take a 37-17 lead into the locker room.
“We had a difficult time with the big girl tonight,” Woodinville coach Scott Bullock said. “She’s a good-sized girl, you don’t see girls that size in high school basketball very often. She played well tonight. So mostly, it was in that second quarter that we got hurt. And we went through a spell where we didn’t take great care of the basketball and didn’t shoot well... There is some intimidation when you’re looking at a girl who is 6’4” and another who is 6’3”.”
Woodinville fared better in the second half, getting outscored by a mere 39-33. But in reality, Inglemoor kept them at arm’s length and the game was never in reach.
For the Lady Falcons, Madison Ramirez led the way with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Tynan Gable added 7 points and Rachel Schenck had 6.
Inglemoor finished in first place in the Crest Division with a conference record of 12-2. Woodinville fell to 10-4, and claimed the #3 seed in the upcoming Kingco tournament. The Falcons will play at Issaquah on Wednesday night. Should they win that game, they would likely get a second round rematch against Inglemoor.
“If you’re going to win games like this against talented opponents, you’ve got to bring your best shooting game and take care of the ball,” Bullock said. “We’re looking forward to getting them again.”