Lady Falcs fall at home

  • Written by Don Mann
Staff Photo/Don Mann Keenae Tiersma, left, and Kim Frost, defend after a Falcon miss.
The Woodinville girls’ basketball team’s season-opening five-game winning streak came to a halt at home Friday as the Lady Falcons fell to Eastlake 54-44.

The girls in green seldom get defeated at home this early.

But playing without junior sensation Mackenzie Campbell, who tweaked her knee two nights before against Ballard and did not suit up, it was a helter-skelter uphill grind all the way for coach Scott Bullock’s squad that is accustomed to dictating the pace.

On this night, that did not happen, though the girls scratched and clawed.

The game was tied at 36 after three quarters, and tied again at 40 apiece with five minutes on the clock, but then the visitors went on a 14-4 run to put it away.

“We shot five free throws on the night,” Bullock later said. “We need to attack the rim more aggressively as a team.”

Eastlake shot 19 freebies, canning 14 of them — most of them from their bigs — an anomaly and outscored Woodinville 18-8 in the fourth quarter.

Without Campbell, a central figure in their designed pressure defense that leads to turnovers and easy buckets, the Lady Falcons, neither big nor potent down low, were overstressed, became fatigued and fell in a half-court game that does not suit them well.

Yet when one streak ends, another one may begin.Woodinville is now 5-1 overall, 2-1 in KingCo, and makes the short trip to Bothell next Friday night.

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