Northwest NEWS

February 11, 2002

Sports

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Feathers fly as Cougars top Falcons

by Russ Paris
   Last Tuesday the Woodinville Falcons knew they were in for a tough game as they went up against their red-hot Northshore rivals, the Bothell Cougars who have won three straight games including an 8-point thrashing of #2 ranked Franklin.
   As in any Northshore rivalry, you can throw out the record book, and Tuesday night in the newly remodeled Bothell gym was no exception. It was a great game that saw seven lead changes as both teams went hard at each other.
   Bothell scored first as Ryan Rourke was on fire from the opening tipoff. He scored two of 17 first half points by going over the top of Zack McVey and Kurt Meckling.
   Woodinville sharpshooter Vytas Dargis-Robinson answered with a long range 3-pointer to make it 3-2 for Woodinville.
   The seesaw battle was on. Rourke ended the scoring in the first period with a bank shot off the glass to give the Cats a one point lead at the, 12-11.
   In the second period, Josh Berg's swooping layins, and Meckling's shots from outside the key kept Woodinville in the game as Bothell began to control the boards.
   Rourke and teammate Daylen Haines played the boards hard all night. Their efforts proved to be a deciding factor in the game as the Cougars doubled the Falcons in rebounding, 36-18.
   The teams went into the locker room at half time with Bothell up 24-22.
   The Cougars came out in the third period snatching everything of the offensive and defensive glass.
   As usual Woodinville played as a team with several players (Jeff Lombard, McVey, Dargis-Robinson) scoring in double digits. But this effort went for naught as Bothell's rebounding advantage gave them many more chances to score and they pulled away to a nine-point lead, 42-33 at the end of three periods.
   The fourth quarter began with Lombard leading the Falcon charge back into the game with eight straight points including two 3-pointers. He finished the game with 13 points, 10 of them in the fourth quarter. This brought the Birds to within five.
   But with Bothell's Rourke on the bench with his fourth fould at 3:37 left to play, Haines took over, hitting a 3-pointer to stop the Falcon rally and run his total up to 18 points for the Cougars who hung on to win by six, 54-48.
   Bothell and Woodinville are now tied for second place in 4A Kingco Conference Mountain Division with identical 7-4 records with two games to go in the regular season.
   In other Tuesday night play, the Franklin Quakers (10-1) clinched the Kingco Mountain Division title with a victory over the Inglemoor Vikings (7-4) who are second behind Garfield in the Lake Division.