Ferndale boys win loser-out game to advance in district tournament


Ferndale's boys' basketball team hit its free throws in the fourth quarter to stay alive in the Class 3A Northwest District Tournament in a 86-75 win over Shorewood on Thursday, Feb. 13, at home.

The Golden Eagles were led by Austin Honeycutt's 27 points.

"These loser-out games are wild ones," Ferndale coach Monte Walton said in a phone interview. "In the first half we didn't play good defense and got behind a little bit, but credit to the players for implementing the coaches' adjustments in the second half."

For much of the fourth Shorewood took to fouling Ferndale each trip down the floor, Walton said. Brady Shearer was 6 of 8 from the charity stripe during that period, helping the Golden Eagles put away the Thunderbirds. Shearer finished with 22 points.

"Dante Kelly gave us a lift in the fourth. He scored all 12 of his points in the fourth quarter," Walton added.

Kelly also had eight rebounds, tied with John Weg for the team lead. Weg also finished with 12 points.

Ferndale takes on the loser of Friday's game between Marysville-Pilchuck and Shorecrest on Tuesday night.

Ferndale 86, Shorewood 75

Shorewood 24 13 21 17 - 75

Ferndale 16 16 27 27 - 86

Shorewood: Freeman 20, Mar 9, Muir 13, Gron 3, Hopen 13, Lacey 1, Boone 16, Akamura 0. Team totals: 25-64 20-23 75.

Ferndale: Sky Freeman 0, Daniel Riley 10, Brady Shearer 22, John Weg 12, Carson Genger 3, Austin Honeycutt 27, Dane Larsen 0, Dante Kelly 12. Team totals: 27-57 26-40 86.

3-ptg: Shorewood 7 (Hopen 3), Ferndale 7 (Shearer 4). Rebounds: Shorewood 25 (Boone 10), Ferndale 35 (Kelly, Weg 8). Assists: Shorewood 14 (Muir 5), Ferndale 16 (Riley 5). Fouls: Shorewood 24 (Fouled out: Boone, Mar), Ferndale 14 (Fouled out: Weg). Turnovers: Shorewood 12, Ferndale 6.

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