Ferndale's boys basketball team scored 43 points in the second half to upset Anacortes on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Ferndale High School.
The Golden Eagles and Brady Shearer held one of Anacortes' top scorers, Ty Johnson, to just five points. Johnson is averaging 24 per game this season.
"We just kept them in front of us," Ferndale coach Monte Walton said in a phone interview. "Our defense really stepped up."
Walton gave credit to his assistant coaches - John Shaw, Jared Stevenson and Jason Owen - for the superb defensive play of his team.
After turning the ball over 14 times in the first half, Ferndale halted the sloppy play and committed only four in the second half.
"It was a real gut-check win for us," Walton said. "Hopefully it will give us good momentum going into our first league game. Once league starts, it's a war. The Northwest Conference is just so tough."
Ferndale plays Mount Baker on Thursday, Dec. 19, on the road to kick off league play.
FERNDALE 63, ANACORTES 56
Anacortes 11 14 12 19 - 56
Ferndale 11 9 20 23 - 63
Anacortes: Ty Johnson 5, Jordan Neville 4, Daniel McInerney 2, Joe D' Amelio 14, Andrew Medalia 14, Zach Vance 6, Peter Haynes 11. Team totals: 25-45 6-13 56.
Ferndale: Daniel Riley 5, Brady Shearer 14, John Weg 11, Malik Ivory 5, Austin Honeycutt 19, Dante Kelly 9. Team totals: 22-42 15-19 63.
3-ptg: Anacortes 2 (Ty Johnson, Jordan Neville 1), Ferndale 2 (Austin Honeycutt, Dante Kelly). Rebounds: Anacortes 36 (Andrew Medalia 8), Ferndale 42 (Austin Honeycutt, John Weg 10). Assists: Anacortes 14 (JordanNeville 7), Ferndale 14 (Daniel Riley, Malik Ivory 6). Fouls: Anacortes 14, Ferndale 12. Turnovers: Anacortes 12, Ferndale 18.