Boys team falls just shy in season-ending post-season loss
The Friday Harbor boys basketball team erased all but two points of a second-half 19-point deficit before falling in the final seconds of a season-ending 52-47 loss to Life Christian in the regional round of the 2B state tournament, Friday, Feb. 27, at Mount Tahoma High School.
The Wolverines, who matched the Eagles basket-for-basket in the opening period, struggled in the second quarter, trailed by nine at the half and by as much as 19 early in the final period of play.
Then, with just over five minutes left in regulation, the baskets started to fall.
“The kids never quit,” Coach Rod Turnbull said. “Their size was kind of intimidating and we had difficulty against their pressure and zone. Once we got that figured out we got back into it in a hurry.”
The Wolverines twice had an opportunity to tie or take the lead with less than a minute on the clock, but a good shot failed to fall and a turnover then sealed the defeat.
“We had our chances,” Turnbull said.
Friday Harbor senior Peter Strasser scored a game-high 21 points. Luke Stromberg scored nine and John Gustafson had eight. The Eagles advanced into the 2B tournament Elite 8.
The Wolverines claimed a share of the Northwest 2B/1B League title with a 13-1 record in league play, and amassed an 18-6 won-loss record overall in the 2014-15 season.
Girls season ends in decisive defeat
The season came to a decisive end as the Friday Harbor girls basketball team fell 50-19 to Toutle Lake in a 2B state tournament regional elimination game Saturday, Feb. 28, in Chehalis.
The Wolverines (15-7) faced an uphill battle against the tournament -tested Fighting Ducks (23-3) and the loss of point-guard Taylor Turnbull, sidelined by a concussion, left Friday Harbor without its floor general in the regional match up. Allie Galt tossed in 11 points to lead the Wolverines.