|Team: Basketball (Girls)|
|State Tournament - Third Place|
WASHINGTON STATE 3A TOURNAMENT 3RD PLACE
1st Round: Hanford Falcons 42, Ferndale Golden Eagles 38
Quarterfinals: Hanford Falcons 63, Bellevue Wolverines 39
Semifinals: Hanford Falcons 51, Kennedy Lancers 54
3rd-6th Place: Hanford Falcons 51, West Valley-Yakima Rams 41
Columbia Basin League Champions: 11 wins, 1 loss
Overall Record: 22 wins, 7 losses
MOTTO: WHATEVER IT TAKES
#10 Haley Tank
#12 Stacey Stanhope
#14 P.J. Wilson
#20 Kristin Barott
#21 Jess Heiman
#22 Amber Bush
#23 McKenzie Snow
#32 Chelsey DePeel
#33 Kristin Mead
#34 Chantal Petkus
#40/52 Laura Hughes
#44 Brittany Quick
Head Coach: Evan Woodward
Coach, Bret Akers
Coach, Steve Perez
Coach: Darren Crow
Coach: Sami Brown
Coach: Ben Brost
Manager: Ian Reddick
Manager: Tyler Treadway
Manager: Ryan Gustin
Athletic Trainer: Jody Treadway
Hanford Finishes Third at State Tournament
SEATTLE -- The Hanford girls put the wraps on one of the most successful seasons in the program's history Saturday, beating West Valley 51-41 to capture third place at the 3A state basketball tournament at Bank of America Arena.
Yet they still were thinking of what might have been.
"I think it was in the back of our minds the whole time," said senior Brittany Quick, referring to Friday's 54-49 semifinal loss to Kennedy. "I'm excited for the win, but the most frustrating thing is that we could have been in the championship game. It was hard."
But what would have been harder is if the Falcons (22-7) had blown an 11-point halftime lead and fallen to their Columbia Basin League rivals, whom they'd beaten twice during the regular season.
That thought spurred Hanford after West Valley (19-11) came out following an 18-minute delay because of scoreboard problems and opened the second half on a 12-1 run, tying the game at 31 on a three-point play by Katelin Sillery with 3:18 left in the third.
"That was the kick in the butt we needed to finish the game," said Quick, who finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. "We knew we could beat West Valley and that we were one of the top three teams in the state. We just had to get it done and prove it."
Kristin Barott gave Hanford the lead back with a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 1:33 left in the third, and the Falcons then scored the first five points of the final quarter to boost the lead back to 39-31 with 6 minutes left.
The Rams got no closer than six the rest of the way.
"This was a little bittersweet for the girls," said Hanford coach Evan Woodward. "Anticlimactic, for sure. They felt they could have gotten it done last night. But they found a way to get it done against a good West Valley team."
Quick is one of five seniors who have played together since seventh grade and led Hanford to the league regular-season title and its best state finish since the 1986 title run.
"I've been working for this since I was a little girl, a wisp in the post who didn't know what it was like to bash around in the paint," Quick said. "Back then, I never would have thought we could be getting third place in state my senior year."
Quick wasn't the only senior to come up big in her final game as a Falcon. Barott added 13 points, and Chelsey DePeel chipped in seven points, seven rebounds and three assists.
DePeel and Quick were also named to the second-team all-tournament team.
"I'm going to miss all of the seniors," Woodward said. "They were a great group."
Woodward will take a couple weeks to relax, then begin gearing up for next year. "I have real high expectations for that next group," he said.
The Falcons will return starters Haley Tank at point guard and Jess Heiman at small forward, along with several reserves -- Stacey Stanhope and Amber Bush key among them -- who played key roles this week.
"This year was definitely amazing," Stanhope said. "We have a lot of talent that we're losing, and we'll have some definite holes to fill. But we also have a lot of strong talent coming back. We will definitely have a strong team."
Hanford 51, West Valley 41
WEST VALLEY (41)
Herzog, Larson, Fannin, Curry, Bealer 6, Curtis 11, Katelin Sillery 19, Richardson 3, Toner, Winkfield 2. Totals 15-49 9-13 41.
Tank 3, Stanhope 3, Wilson 1, Barott 13, Heiman 6, Bush, Snow 3, DePeel 7, Mead, Perkus, Hughes, Brittany Quick 15. Totals 14-39 18-26 51.
11 8 12 10 � 41 - West Valley
15 15 4 17 � 51 - Hanford
Highlights -- WV 2 for 11 from the 3-point line, Hanford 5 for 8 from the 3-point line; Sillery 10 rebounds, 5 steals; Quick 12 rebounds; Chelsey DePeel 7 rebounds, 3 assists; Haley Tank 3 assists.
Hanford Comes Up Just Short
SEATTLE -- It was right in their grasp. A spot in the finals of the 3A state girls basketball tournament was there for the Hanford Falcons to take.
"Ninety-four seconds left, up by one," Hanford coach Evan Woodward said. "I liked our chances."
But the Kennedy Lancers wrested that spot from the Falcons in those final 94 seconds, outscoring them 8-2 to pull out a 54-49 semifinal victory Friday at Bank of America Arena.
"When you get that close to the finals," Woodward said, his thumb and forefinger a sliver apart, "it's tough. That's a tough way to end it."
In those final 94 seconds, the Lancers (24-2) showed why they were ranked No. 2 behind Auburn Riverside all season and earned a spot opposite the defending champion Ravens in today's 9 p.m. championship game.
The Lancers scrapped for a pair of offensive rebounds, with Yasmine Fuller finally putting in a short jumper with a minute left for the lead.
After Hanford was called for an inbounds violation, Fuller knifed down the lane on the ensuing inbounds play and scored to put Kennedy up 50-47 with 55 seconds left.
"They turned the pressure up on us, and we made a couple costly mistakes," Woodward said. "I was proud of our heart, our effort, but at times, we maybe tried a little bit too hard."
Brittany Quick scored with 37.6 seconds left to get Hanford (21-7) within 50-49, but freshman Jasmine Lemon hit a pullup in the lane with 14 seconds left for Kennedy, and the Falcons committed the last of their 25 turnovers trying to race downcourt for a final shot.
Fuller then hit 2 of 5 free throws in the final 8 seconds to seal the victory.
"We weren't expecting them to be that close to us," said Fuller, a sophomore who scored a game-high 19 points. "But give them credit. They never gave up. They came out fired up, and we needed to fire back."
So now the Falcons have to console themselves with a matchup against CBL rival West Valley (19-10) at 5 p.m. today to decide the third- and sixth-place trophies. Hanford swept the regular-season matchups en route to the league title.
"We're league rivals, and I really hope that we both come out hard and go for it. This is for third in state, not third in league," said Falcons junior Stacey Stanhope, who had 10 points, six rebounds and a big smile on her face as she exited the locker room.
"Yeah, there may be a few regrets, but we played an amazing game and came close to beating a really good team. We definitely could have taken it. Maybe it was too much pressure in the end. I don't know."
What she and her teammates knew was Kennedy's speed was something they had to contend with for 32 minutes.
For the most part, Hanford succeeded in neutralizing it, save for a 12-0 run midway through the first half that gave the Lancers a 23-13 lead they nursed for much of the game.
Quick led Hanford with 14 points, 15 rebounds and four assists, and DePeel added eight points. Daidra Brown added 13 points for Kennedy.
Falcons Soar Into Semifinals
SEATTLE -- What a difference a good night's sleep makes. A day after the Hanford girls looked befuddled on offense, they came out Thursday and put on a clinic in their halfcourt game against Bellevue, bouncing the Wolverines 63-39 in the quarterfinals of the 3A state basketball tournament at Bank of America Arena.
"Bottom line, we played a lot better basketball today," said Falcons coach Evan Woodward, whose team is in the semifinals for the first time since its 1986 title run. The Falcons had been 0-4 in the quarterfinals since then.
They'll play Kennedy at 9 p.m. today and are assured of taking home a trophy for the first time since placing eighth in 1997. Bellevue (21-6) plays Kamiakin at 2 p.m. for a spot in Saturday's trophy round.
To a player, the Falcons (21-6) attributed their first-round offensive woes against Ferndale to nerves.
"The jitters were all gone today," said senior Chelsey DePeel, who scored a game-high 20 points. "Once we got over them, look what happened."
What happened was a looser bunch of Falcons, freed from Ferndale's in-your-face pressure, tamed a Wolverines team that came in having won 14 of its last 16 games.
Hanford had 31 turnovers Wednesday against the Golden Eagles but only 13 against Bellevue, which was content for three quarters to let the Falcons walk the ball upcourt and get into their halfcourt sets.
Once in their comfort zone, the Falcons couldn't be shaken out of it even after Bellevue began applying fullcourt pressure in the final quarter. Hanford outscored Bellevue 21-11 in the fourth quarter to blow the game open.
The Falcons shot 46 percent (19-of-41) while holding Bellevue to just 23 percent (13-of-56).
"Last night, we were so tight," said senior Kristin Barott, who hit four 3-pointers and scored 19 points. "But we knew as long as we were sticking with our defense and getting stops, and offensively we kept pushing, we'd get the momentum."
Bellevue led 13-12 after one quarter, but the Falcons took control midway through the second. Barott converted on a four-point play and later hit a deep 3 from the right side to give Hanford a 28-17 lead with a minute left before halftime.
The Wolverines stayed close for a while via the long ball, as Catelyn Webber and Jenika Swanson hit 3s right before the half to cut the lead to 28-23 at the break.
But Bellevue was 0-for-14 from beyond the arc in the second half, and Hanford steadily increased its lead. Barott hit another 3, this one from the left wing, to put the Falcons up 40-25 with 2:52 left in the third, and Bellevue got no closer than 10 the rest of the way.
"The first eight minutes was their type of game," Woodward said. "But the kids figured out they can play with them, and we can run our sets. We settled into our offense and played team basketball.
"We had a lot more assists tonight (13 on 19 field goals). When we're clicking like that, we'll do well."
DePeel especially was clicking from the opening tip. She shot 7-of-11 from the field, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, and also had five assists and three steals.
"I could tell once my first shot went in, I've got it going and I'm just going to keep shooting," DePeel said.
Brittany Quick added 10 points for the Falcons. Alex Sherk led Bellevue with 14.
Hanford Girls Beat Ferndale
SEATTLE -- The Hanford girls all wore smiles as they exited the locker room following Wednesday's 42-38 first-round victory over Ferndale at the 3A state basketball championships at Bank of America Arena on the University of Washington campus.
But they were smiles more of relief than of celebration. The Falcons (20-6) know they weren't at their best against the Northwest District champion Golden Eagles (15-9), and that they'll need to be sharper at 7:30 p.m. today when they meet Bellevue (21-5) in the quarterfinals.
"I know this was a frustrating game for all of us," said senior Brittany Quick. "But it also shows a lot of maturity for us as a team. I said in there that I was more proud of this team now than at any time because we were able to gut it out and get a win."
The frustration of which Quick spoke came from the 48 fouls called on both teams (three players fouled out) and the ragged offense the Falcons played. They shot just 9-of-27 from the field (33 percent) and committed 31 turnovers.
But they were just as stingy on the defensive end, forsaking their usual man-to-man defense for a pair of zone attacks.
The Golden Eagles never adjusted. They shot 9-of-40 from the field (23 percent) and had 24 turnovers. Junior post Ashley Honeycutt, who averaged 16 points per game, was held to just six, none after halftime.
"We felt that their guards were pretty quick and their two posts were high-quality posts, and to battle them evenly for four quarters, we matched up better in a zone," said Hanford coach Evan Woodward.
The game was tied at 30 when Hanford took control with an 8-0 run over a 90-second span. When Stacey Stanhope hit a pair of free throws with 2:48 left, the Falcons led 38-30 and looked home-free.
But Ferndale chipped away and was within two at 40-38 with the ball after a Hanford turnover with 33.6 seconds left.
An errant pass gave the Falcons the ball right back, though, and Chelsey DePeel hit two free throws with 26.9 seconds to play for the final margin.
"It was all about attacking the basket in the second half," said DePeel, who scored a game-high 17 points and was 11-of-13 at the foul line. "That was all Coach wanted."
Hanford made just two baskets in the final 13 1/2 minutes -- both by Kristin Barott during the 8-0 run -- but was deadly at the charity stripe, scoring 18 of its final 22 points from the foul line.
"The girls stepped up and hit their free throws down the stretch," said Woodward, whose team was 23-of-27 from the foul line to Ferndale's 17-of-29. "It was a physical game, and the second half we became more attack-minded and went to the glass. You've got to do that in big games."
The Falcons couldn't hit much of anything to start the game. They scored just two points in the first 11 1/2 minutes and trailed 10-2.
"Everyone was definitely nervous in the locker room before the game. We needed that first quarter to get the jitters out and get going," said DePeel, whose short jumper with 5:47 left in the third gave Hanford its first lead since 2-0 at 20-18.
Barott added 10 points and three steals for Hanford, while point guard Haley Tank grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and had three assists before fouling out late in the game.
Freshman Ericka Locker, sister of UW quarterback Jake Locker, led Ferndale with 10 points.
E. Locker 10, Newman 8, Cicchitti 7, Honeycutt 6, A. Locker 5, Marks 1, H. Locker 1, Sigurdon, Flores, Lindsay. Totals 9-40 17-29 38.
Chelsey DePeel 17, Barott 10, Tank 5, Quick 4, Stanhope 2, Heiman 2, Petkus 2, Wilson, Bush, Snow, Mean Hughes. Totals 9-27 23-27 42.
5 10 12 11 - 38 - Ferndale
2 9 17 14 - 42 - Hanford
Highlights -- DePeel 6 rebounds, 4 steals; Haley Tank 7 rebounds, 3 assists; Brittany Quick 6 rebounds.