Wahkiakum’s Peyton Souvenir, one the best point guards in the state, pumped in 29 points and the Mules ended Friday Harbor’s season with a 67-52 victory in at the Class 2B State Regional Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 in Mount Vernon High School.
Friday Harbor girls basketball coach Fred Woods lightens his players' mood in the final seconds of season-ending 67-53 loss to Wahkiakum Saturday, Feb. 27. Matt Pranger photo
“It was just Wahkiakum’s night,” said Friday Harbor coach Fred Woods.
“Our players had a great season,” Woods added. “They have nothing to hang their heads about.”
The Mules (18-7) advance to the Hardwood Classic’s elite-eight round in Spokane March 3-5. The Wolverines (20-6) finished among Class 2B’s top 16 teams.
Woods is proud of the Wolverines’ accomplishments this season. They shared the Northwest 2B/1B League title and were the Class 2B District 1 champions.
“They deserve to be in the top 16,” Woods said. “Another night and we would be in the top eight.”
For the first-year Friday Harbor coach the success this season went beyond the victories and titles.
“I hate to see it come to an end,” Woods said. “These girls are so much fun. It was so much fun all season long.”
In the regional game, Wahkiakum led 15-12 at the end of the first quarter but outscored Friday Harbor 21-15 in the second period for a 36-26 halftime lead.
“Wahkiakum shot extremely well,” Woods said of the Mules who canned 10 three-pointers. “Our defense wasn’t that bad. With their point guard and three other people making three’s they’re hard to stop.”
Souvenir scored 23 of her game-leading 28 points in the first half and finished with five three-pointers.
“That is one great basketball player,” Woods said.
In the third quarter Friday Harbor cut into Wahkiakum’s lead a few times but Souvenir or a teammate would respond, often with a three-pointer.
“Our players didn’t quit,” Woods added. “They kept trying to execute but every run we made they answered.”
Senior Allie Galt closed her high school hoop career with a team-high 18 points. She was perfect at the free-throw line, sinking eight attempts. Senior Madi Kincaid scored 12. Senior Taylor Turnbull hit three treys and finished with 11.
Woods expects the contributions of seniors Lili Wood, Galt, Turnbull and Kincaid will extend beyond this season.
“Their importance to this team is without question,” Woods said. “They bought into a new system and worked so hard. They really set the tone for what Friday Harbor girls basketball can be like...They will be missed.”
Wahkiakum 67 - Peyton Souvenir 29, Macie Elliott 18, Maddy Mace 9, Ellie Leitz 4, Sydney Hansen 4, Savannah Burdick 3. Free throws - 5/8 (63 percent).
Friday Harbor 52 - Allie Galt 18, Madi Kincaid 12, Taylor Turnbull 11, Ciera Bailey 9, Kiana Woods 2. Free throws 14/18 (78 percent).