It was also the first win of new Falcon head coach Mark Folsom’s coaching career.
They both needed it, needed it in a bad way, if only to boost confidence in a season that will surely get more formidable with KingCo 4A competition — and road games — awaiting.
Coming into the gym at WHS Friday night, both teams were winless — the Mustangs at 0-and-4, the Falcons at 0-and-3.
So something had to give, and it was no beauty pageant.
But behind 13 points from Quinten Parker and nine from John Villasenor, Woodinville prevailed in the end, outscoring Redmond 14-7 in the fourth quarter to recapture a lead it hadn’t had since scoring the first basket of the ball game.
The Falcons trailed 30-29 entering the final period.
Then Villasenor, perhaps the best pure athlete on the squad, made a steal at mid-court and went coast to coast on a high flyer for a bucket and was fouled.
His three-point play made it 32-30 and Woodinville never trailed again, aided by a critical charge drawn by Mitchell Jones on Redmond’s next possession.
The Mustangs didn’t run and hide, closing it to 35-34 at the three minute mark.
But Parker scored again down low, and after a Redmond miss from long range, Villasenor sank a soft, short jumper from the foul line.
Two late free throws by Tommy Wick put the money in the bank and closed the deal.
Folsom was asked how it all happened.
“I think giving them a different look defensively,” he said. “We like to play man but we also like to hide our man in a zone so we went to a 1-2-2 and that gave them a different look and I think maybe confused them a bit at the end.”
There was a little bit of happy hooting and hollering behind closed doors in the locker room after the game, boys being boys.
What did Folsom tell his team?
“That we’re proud of them. We’ve only had three weeks with them, so to come this far and execute the way we did tonight … it’s great and we couldn’t ask for more. I think we’re only gonna get better.”
Folsom and the Falcons get to prove it Friday at home versus Eastlake.