Up until the fourth quarter, it was really anybody’s game.
The Friday Harbor girls basketball team, hosting Northwest 1A/2B League rival Concrete in their second game of the season, were quick to pounce but slow to wrap up a 49-36 win, Tuesday, at home.
The Wolverines grabbed a 4-point lead at the end of the opening period of play. But the Lions fought back, refusing to give ground. Friday Harbor still led by only four, 23-19, at the half.
“We’re growing. We’re still trying to figure it out,” Head Coach Eric Jangard said. “Fourth quarter, it all came together.”
Unlike the third, when it all fell apart. The Wolverines tallied a mere seven points over the eight-minute period. Meanwhile, the Lions came roaring back, busting loose for 15 points and claiming a 34-30 advantage and the momentum going into the fourth and final period of play.
The Wolverines turned the table on the Lions after that. They shut down Concrete’s offense and cashed in on a flurry of turnovers to light up the scoreboard with 19 points of their own, securing a come-from-behind win and victory No. 2 of the season with a 49-36 triumph in their league opener.
Senior Mandy Turnbull and junior Jean Melborne scored 13 points apiece to lead the Friday Harbor offense. Senior Liz Taylor tallied 11 for the game, knocking down 5-of-6 free-throw attempts along the way.
The Wolverines face Orcas on the road, Saturday; tip off is 2:15 p.m. They face Darrington, the defending league champ, on the road, Tuesday, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
— Stewart Bell, Journal intern