Northwest NEWS

February 22, 1999


Falcons win one, lose one, end season

WHS basketball

Falcon head coach Steve Johnson watches as Josh O'Hair gets ready to shoot a three-point shot against Bothell in the 4A Kingco tournament.
Photo by Russ Paris.

by Russ Paris

   Woodinville defeated Northshore rival Bothell in Kingco tournament action last Thursday night with a last-second shot by 6'1" junior guard Brian Ghassemieh. His final two points ended the hard-fought, loser-out game with the Falcons on top 53-51.

   The lead changed hands again and again as neither team could land the knockout blow. The Falcons and Cougars were within two points at the end of the first period, two points at the half, and within one point at the end of three.

   Woodinville was paced by Jeff Mason's three-point shots and Sterling Brown's full-court drives in the first half as Bothell countered with the rebounding of Joel Jorgensen and the scoring drives of Taylor Evans.

   In the third period, the Cougars hit outside jumpers, but the high energy play of senior guard Josh O'Hair and his three-point shot in the fourth seemed to take the fight out of the Cougars.

   With only 10 seconds remaining, Jason Snyder pulled down a rebound and passed to Ghassemieh, who dribbled down the right side, stopped at the charity line, and put up a soft one-handed jumper that hit nothing but net as the buzzer sounded.

   Sterling Brown led the Falcons with 21 points; Taylor Evans had 28 for the Cougars.

   In a reversal of fortunes, Woodinville lost at the buzzer to Franklin in a late Saturday night game. The Falcons saw an 11-point third quarter lead evaporate as they lost to the Earthquake, 50-48. Zach Tuiasosopo led Falcon scorers with 13 points; Jason Snyder had 10 points, and Sterling Brown had eight in the final game of the 1998-99 season for Woodinville.

   The Falcons ended the season with 12 wins and nine losses.