Marques Tuiasosopo makes a twisting fall-away jump shot against Roosevelt last Saturday and scored 17 points in the game to lead bring Woodinville to the lead and defeat Roosevelt, 69-62.
Photo by Russ Paris.
by Russ Paris, special to the Woodinville Weekly
Woodinville defeated its WES-SEA-KING AAA rival Roosevelt Teddies last Saturday, 69-62. The win against the Metro AAA League Champion advances them to a Wednesday winner-to-state game.
Nineteen Falcon turnovers in last Thursday's game against Mercer Island High School resulted in a Falcon loss 62-49. There were three Mercer Island players in double figures, including Bryan Brown, son of former Seattle Sonic "Downtown" Freddie Brown. That loss led the Falcons to a loser-out game at Hec Ed last Saturday at 10 a.m.
"The mood of the team is good," said WHS Coach Joe Meagher before the game. "We know what we have to do."
Woodinville came out and kept themselves alive. Behind the workhorse play of Casey Ford, the Falcons took a 16-8 1st-quarter lead. Ford's relentless play on the boards (two rebounds on offense, three on defense) controlled the game. His five first-half points led Woodinville scorers as they pounded to a 28-20 halftime lead. Ford was also five-for-six at the free-throw line.
It was Marques Tuiasosopo's run of13 points which stretched Woodinville's lead to 46-31 at the end of three periods. Then Woodinville's fourth-quarter nemesis--turnovers--returned.
Nine of these WHS mistakes, plus five 3-point scores, cut the Falcon lead to 66-62. But Jeremy Harris's nine out of 10 charity line shooting and 13 fourth-quarter points preserved WHS's win, 69 to 62.
Tuiasosopo, a first team All-Kingco forward, led all Falcon scorers with 17 points.
"We did what we had to do. We kept them from driving inside, worked hard, and kept ourselves in a position to win," said Coach Meagher after the game.
Woodinville(16-8) will play on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 4:45 p.m. at the UW Hec Ed Pavilion against Franklin (15-10), winner of the last two Class AA state titles. The winner of that game will advance to state.