The Wolverines opened post-season play with a bang, knocking down a season-best seven three-pointers and giving up a mere dozen second-half points to net a decisive 49-29 win on road, Wednesday, at Orcas.
Point-guard Taylor Turnbull tossed in a season-high 14 points, including four of Friday Harbor’s seven buckets from beyond the three-point arc, to ignite the offense. The Wolverines blew apart what had been a tightly contested 3-point game at the break by outscoring the Vikings 29-12 in the second half and to run away with the victory.
Sophomore Lili Wood tallied 10 points, Allie Galt had nine and Alexa Mora contributed eight.
“It’s probably the best game we’ve played all season,” Coach Eric Jangard said. “We were way more focused and played with a lot more intensity than we did the last time we played them. And we played really well defensively”
With the win, the Wolverines not only avenged an eight-point loss at home to the Vikings three weeks earlier, but advanced into the championship game of the 2B District post-season tournament.
They can punch their ticket to the 2B regional playoffs by doing what no other team has been able to achieve so far this season, hang a loss on undefeated La Conner (21-0); tip off is 6 p.m., Friday, at Sedro Woolley High School.
Friday Harbor fell victim to the Braves juggernaut when the two Northwest 2B/1B League rivals last met, a 61-30 defeat Feb. 4 at La Conner. A loss to La Conner in the championship game would send the Wolverines into a do-or-die showdown against either Orcas and Darrington, which will square off in the district consolation game Friday, at Sedro Woolley, beginning at 4:15 p.m.
The district champion and runner-up each clinch a berth in the 2B regional post-season tournament. With the post-season now under way, Jangard believes the Wolverines may be “peaking” at just the right time.
“They’re in a really good space right now,” he said. “They’re confident, they’re feeling loose and really ready to play.”
— Scott Rasmussen