Northwest NEWS

February 4, 2002


M and M boys lead Falcon upset bid against Franklin

by Russ Paris
   Special to the Weekly
   In Kingco 4A boys' basketball competition last Tuesday, Jan. 29, the Woodinville Falcons were looking for their fourth straight win at home against the #2 ranked Franklin High Quakers.
   Led by Kurt Meckling and Zack McVey, the Falcons had a 5-point lead over the high-powered Quakers. Deadeye Meckling was perfect on his shooting and awesome on both the offensive and defensive ends grabbing eight rebounds.
   McVey was an offensive threat every time he touched the ball showing great skill penetrating through the perimeter defense on his drives to the hoop. His hard drives to the basket ended with a feather-soft kiss off the backboard.
   Right from the beginning, the Falcons needed their track shoes as the speedy Franklin players ran the length of the court at full speed with their hands up. In the first period Woodinville outshot Franklin, but the Quakers kept pace with a series of back-door cuts, whipping the ball on the outside perimeter. Then, while maintaining eye contact, a streaking Franklin player would break loose for a layin giving them a 16-18 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
   A defensive change by head coach Steve Johnson eliminated the back-door cuts in the second period allowing the Falcons to take the lead for first time on a thunderous dunk by McVey at the 4-minute mark of the second period. Johnson also let his players loose, and they ran with the Quakers beating them at their own game. The last two minutes of the half were played at breakneck speed.
   As the half ended the crowd gave Woodinville a standing ovation as they went into the locker room ahead 29-27.
   The third quarter began with the Falcons playing with confidence, increasing their lead to 41-35. In a dynamic display of body control and basketball mastery, Meckling, a 6-foot-4-inch junior forward, spun away from his man to the other side of the hoop, switching hands, putting a reverse spin on the ball sending it off the backboard and into the hoop. Meckling's effort gave the Falcons their biggest lead of the night 43-38.
   The crowd was in pandemonium with the WHS students yelling D-E-F-E-N-S-E, and the adults just cheering. The third period ended with the Falcons up 45-40 and the noise level equaling that of a Boeing jetliner taking off.
   During the quarter break, Johnson told the players, "Play to win not to lose. Let's go out and win the fourth quarter."
   The Franklin coach, Jason Carr, knew he had problems. His team was getting beat on the road, and the home crowd was into it. He put the Quakers into a full court press defensively and brought in his reserves, trying to find a shooter who could hit against the aggressive Falcons.
   "The mark of great teams is that they just keep coming at you and they expect to win," said Joe Meagher, Woodinville athletic director.
   This is exactly what happened as Franklin kept coming at the basket in waves new fresh faces, all with the same intensity.
   Ricky Washington came off the Franklin bench to lead a 15-3 Quaker run the derailed the Falcon express in the fourth period.
   Kevin Morales' layin after an in-bounce steal had the Birds within three and was the Falcon's fourth quarter highlight. But, out of gas WHS succumbed to the running Quakers 64-57 leaving Woodinville in second place behind division-leading Franklin.
   Other Tuesday games
   Boys' Basketball
   Inglemoor 57-
   Redmond 54
   Danny Nwaelele's 16 points and Andy Anderson's 14 helped Inglemoor (7-2, 12-4) defeat Redmond (2-7, 8-8) last Tuesday at the Redmond gym.
   Bothell 55-Juanita 31
   Bothell's Daylen Haines scored 21 points and was perfect on the free-throw line as the Cougars (5-4, 10-6) defeated Juanita (1-8, 4-12).
   Friday night games
   Boys' Basketball
   Bothell accomplished what Woodinville failed to do earlier in the week when they defeated second-ranked Franklin 54-46. Daylen Haines scored 17 and Ryan Rourke added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the Cougar victory.
   Zach McVey, Vytas Dargis-Robinson, Ian Warner and Kaelan Morales each scored in double digits to lead Woodinville past Lake Washington 70-63.
   Andy Anderson scored 11 points in Inglemoor's loss to Garfield 69-42.
   Girls' Basketball
   Woodinville's Lindsay VanNostrand scored five 3-pointers in the Falcons' loss to Lake Washington, 48-47.
   In a closely contested match, Bothell's Leann Johnson scored 20 points in the first half in the Cougars' defeat of Franklin 53-50.
   Garfield defeated Inglemoor High 51-32. Stacey Sarro scored 10 to lead IHS in the losing effort.
   In the first day of the 4A Kingco wrestling tournament, Woodinville (113.5 points) led in team standings ahead of Inglemoor (83) and Bothell (81).