Northwest NEWS

February 14, 2000


Falcons fly high over Mustangs

by Russ Paris

   The WHS Falcons displayed tremendous hustle and skill in last Tuesday night's win over the 8th-ranked Redmond Mustangs. It was senior momentum that propelled the Falcon victory.

   The Falcon offense was in high gear; the players were not content to just set a few picks and shoot a jump shot. They were determined to beat Redmond's bruising front line of Andy Sisco, Michael Brandt, and Chris Klingerman at their own game.

   Led by seniors Zach Tuiasosopo, Dan Howard, Sterling Brown, Bijan Ghassemieh, Felix Neuberger, Andy Cole, and Peter Anderson, the Falcons pounded the ball deep into the paint all night for lay-ins. Both teams played tenacious defense in the first quarter, which ended with a one-point lead for Woodinville.

   Led by Sterling Brown, whose drives to the basket were spectacular, the Falcon offense got hot in the second period. Brown used crossover dribbles to drive to the basket, then switched the ball in midair to the other hand for a free lay-in, leaving the crowd yelling for more.

   Brown gave them more on an inbounds play when he lobbed the ball toward the basket for a hard-charging Tuiasosopo to dunk. The ball bounced on the rim and went up as Zach came down. But Brown went up high to throw the ball down with authority and give WHS a 19-13 halftime lead.

   The third quarter saw Brown become a slasher, with even more drives to the basket. He turned a low-scoring game into a game of "try and stop me if you can." His energy level was contagious, and rebounds by Tuiasosopo, Ghassemieh, Anderson, Dayne Mickelson, and Jan Witlatschil put Woodinville up 30-18 at the end of three.

   In the fourth, the Falcons played to win, not to just protect their lead. Tuiasosopo's thunderous dunk ended the game at 47-39. Brown was the high scorer with 23.