Senior Madden Shanks knocked down a two-pointer to give the Wolverines an eight-point advantage and room to breathe with three minutes remaining in regulation. But the upset-minded Hurricanes weren’t ready to concede.
Sharpshooter Jacqueline Case, who tossed in a game-high 22 points in the Jan. 9 league bout in Friday Harbor, buried another three-pointer, her fourth of the game, with 30 seconds left on the clock, slicing the deficit to four and keeping the Hurricanes (3-2 league, 7-3 overall) come-back bid alive.
Enter Madie Kincaid, who sneaked into the Hurricanes passing lane and dashed their hopes by turning a steal into a breakaway layup and sealing a hard-fought but ragged 39-35 victory, the Wolverines second win at the start of the new year and fifth consecutive victory in Northwest 2B/1B League play. They weathered an early defensive onslaught by the Vikings en route to a 43-31 win over Orcas on the road Jan. 6.
The Wolverines (5-0 league, 7-1 overall) will host La Conner this Friday in a battle of undefeated league leaders and quite likely with sole possession of first place in the league standing up for grabs. Tip off is 4 p.m. (The Wolverines faced Cedar Park Christian, 0-4, 3-6, Tuesday, on the road.
Lili Wood tossed in a team-high 16 points against the Hurricanes and Kincaid had 15.
— Scott Rasmussen