Northwest NEWS

February 8, 1999


Sky-high Falcons trample Roosevelt Roughriders

WHS basketball

Sterling Brown (center) led the Falcons' 60-52 win over the Roughriders with 21 points.
Photo by Russ Paris.

by Russ Paris

   The Woodinville Falcons, currently Kingco's hottest team, have won three games in a row over Redmond, Juanita, and Roosevelt, and four out of their last five with another win against Inglemoor.

   Last Friday's game against Roosevelt was not one of Woodinville's best games, as the Falcons fell behind 12-18 in a sluggish first half. In the second period, behind the strong center court play of Josh O'Hair (9 points) and the strong board play of Jeff Mason (11 points), Woodinville fought back to take a 28-22 point half-time lead.

   In the third period, the Riders closed the gap to 37-36, at which point the Falcons' Sterling Brown took over. Brown, who had only one bucket in the first half, and had been used as a decoy to dish off, took charge by driving to the hoop for twisting, mid-air lay-ins.

   Brown finished the game with 21 points, 16 of them in the second half, including seven out of eight free throws in the fourth quarter. Jason Snyder also hit nine points in the winning effort.

   The Falcons turned over the ball 22 times to the Riders' 16, but they made 12 of 13 foul shots down the fourth quarter stretch. That was the difference in the game. Woodinville is now 9-9 and are assured a Kingco playoff spot.

   "We were not pretty out there, but we played well enough to win," head coach Steve Young said of his team's victory. "I believe that's the mark of an improving team as we get ready for the playoffs."