Riding a nine-game winning streak — they hadn’t lost a game since before Christmas — the Lady Falcons dropped back-to-backers, falling to Issaquah 49-48 in a furious finish at home Wednesday and getting clipped 60-54 at Eastlake on Friday.
No shame in losing close ones to two good teams (Issaquah and Eastlake are a combined 17-6 in KingCo play), though they might regret spotting the Lady Eagles a 15-point lead heading into the fourth quarter before mounting a sensational comeback only to fall by one point.
“Obviously, if we play with the same energy we exhibited in the fourth quarter we win that game,” coach Scott Bullock said. “Great comeback by our girls but we also need to bring that same energy all four quarters.”
The Lady Falcons are now in third place (8-4, 14-4 overall) in the Crest division right behind Eastlake and Inglemoor, locked up at 9-2, with a road game at Roosevelt Wednesday and then a return engagement with Inglemoor at home on Friday.
Woodinville stung the then-undefeated Lady Vikings with a surprising 10-point victory at their place three weeks ago.
Bullock, however, knows it’s all about the KingCo tournament, which begins Feb. 5.
“There are like six teams in KingCo this year capable of winning it all. Honestly I don’t think seedings are that important this year. All top six teams are very close in skill. We’re in good shape and just need to focus on playing our best basketball as the season winds down.”
Note: Things went no better for the Woodinville boys’ team, which fell 61-43 at home to Issaquah Tuesday and lost at Eastlake Friday 57-45.
The Falcons (3-9, 3-12 overall) host Inglemoor (4-7, 7-10) Friday. The Vikings thrashed Woodinville by 33 points in Kenmore three weeks ago. Bothell (11-1, 16-2) bombed Inglemoor 96-67 on Friday.