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Lady Falcons fall short at state

  • Written by Don Mann
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Ali Forde attracted a lot of attention throughout the tournament. Photo by Don Mann.
Sixth place was not what Woodinville had in mind when it packed its bags — and its 22-2 record — for a  weekend in Tacoma with high hopes.

Yet that’s what the Lady Falcons had to settle for after Jackson’s Sierra Anderson went coast-to-coast for a layup at the buzzer to lift the Timberwolves to a 49-48 win in the fourth-or-sixth place game of the Class 4A state basketball tournament early Saturday morning.

Woodinville led by nine points with six minutes left, looking good and seeking a fourth-place finish that would have been its best ever at state.

But the Lady Falcons would never score again as Jackson went on a long and complicated 10-0 run to beat them at the finish line.

Heartbreak Hotel for the green team.

Woodinville got itself into the pickle by losing 60-47 to Gonzaga Prep in the Thursday opener, a shocker to most, and it tilted its tournament uphill.

The Lady Falcons grabbed a 16-11 first quarter lead before things went south.

“It was a weird deal,” coach Scott Bullock said. “They don’t start their best players and then they hit us with 1-2-2 zone pressure in the backcourt and we didn’t handle it well. We threw it around the gym. I think the girls were surprised by how hard they played defensively and it showed.”

Gonzaga at one point went on a 16-0 run, and never looked back. The girls from Spokane grabbed an astonishing 27 offensive rebounds in the contest as Woodinville shot 26 percent and committed 19 turnovers.

On Friday Woodinville recovered to rip Federal Way 73-46, and all the girls who suited up got to play in the rout, leading to Saturday’s ungodly 8 a.m. matchup.

Ali Forde blocked 21 shots in three games.Woodinville finished 23-4.

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