|Lady Falcs outlast Lady Vikes|
|Written by Don Mann|
|Tuesday, 13 December 2011 10:05|
“It was a wrestling match,” Woodinville coach Scott Bullock said with a laugh of his squad’s 43-40 win at home Friday over crosstown rival Inglemoor.
That it was, setting a physical tone before the boys’ game that followed.
But no grappler in long shorts stood taller than Ali Forde, who once again delivered the goods despite being triple-teamed at times with a hack attack: 14 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three blocked shots and three steals.
She played 31 of a possible 32 official minutes.
Yet her play on defense in the last five minutes of the game turned the tide for the Lady Falcons, who were down by six heading into the fourth quarter after Inglemoor’s Taylor Peacocke caught fire to post 22 game-high points.
During a late timeout, Forde told Bullock she wanted to check Peacocke.
“Yeah, it was her idea, not mine,” Bullock admitted. “Taylor torched us pretty good and we really had no answer for her at the time.”
Forde, turns out, was the answer, as Peacocke, who led KingCo in scoring as a junior, lost her scoring rhythm in the crucial final minutes as Forde met her at the top of the key and met her straight up with long arms, a big body and quick feet.
Inglemoor led 38-35 with four minutes left, then went cold on offense as Peacocke was forced to give it up and her teammates were stifled.
“That was probably my fault,” Inglemoor coach John Augustavo later said. “Ali Forde’s a great player but Taylor can break her down in the key. I shoulda let her take the game over but we have four other kids who can score and they just didn’t get it done. We didn’t take care of the basketball and gave it up. We gave them the game.”
Alexis McLeod stepped up for the Falcons on defense to make back-to-back buckets that gave Woodinville a 39-38 lead with three minutes left, and Diedre Miller nailed a jumper to make it 41-38.
Peacocke’s steal and coast-to-coast layup made it 41-40 with 1:50 remaining, and then the Sacramento State-bound senior, hassled by Forde out front, was called for traveling.
The Lady Falcons missed on a jumper and the Lady Vikes had the rock with 30 seconds left in their court.
Augustavo called a timeout with the ball game on the line.
“We were looking for a mismatch, looking to get it into Kelly Conroy to get some contact inside or get a bucket. Kelly’s a great foul shooter.”
It never got to that as Peacocke’s bounce-pass feed inside — maybe not her best effort — got knocked around and was stolen by Kim Frost, who went coast-to-coast and was fouled.
The junior guard made both freebies — pretty-as-you-please — to make it 43-40 with 16 seconds left.
Augustavo wasn’t pleased with the result of the play he dialed up. “It was either a bad pass or a bad receive, I’m not sure,” he later said, clearly disgruntled. “We gave the game away right there. But we’ll see them again,” he added.
Coach Bullock had a slightly different take.
“Ali was a warrior all night and her defense on Peacocke in the last five minutes was tremendous and probably the key to our win. Hey, we’d like to put her on Peacocke all night — she killed us in the third quarter — but we wanted her to stay out of foul trouble. Taylor’s a special player and she’s great at going to the bucket and drawing fouls.”
Fact is, Bullock was glad to escape with a win as the Falcons remain undefeated.
“It was not pretty at all but we’ll take it,” he said. “We shot 2-of-19 from behind the arc and 9-of-17 from the free throw line. We count ourselves fortunate to have won — it’s a great rivalry — we’ll get better, they’ll get better, and the next time we meet it’ll be another fun game.”