Ferndale-Wilson basketball capsule

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 28, 2014 

Nickname: Golden Eagles

Enrollment: 1,045

League: Northwest Conference

District: 1

State appearances: 3 (1-6)

State titles: 0

Coach: Mike Ivy

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG

Abby Reid PG Jr. 5-5 2.8

Taryn Knutson G Sr. 5-9 8.4

Hannah Carlson G/P Sr. 5-11 13.7

Brooke Benson P Sr. 5-10 5.7

Linsey Honeycutt P Jr. 5-10 16.7

Scouting the Golden Eagles: Ferndale has an experienced, battle-tested team that has twice faced elimination this postseason. Linsey Honeycutt is as good a post as was found in the Northwest Conference this season, and she can attack the basket and finish amid contact. Hannah Carlson, on the other hand, is equally as talented on the offensive end, only her height and quickness off the dribble makes her a nightmare to cover. Both Brooke Benson and Taryn Knutson provide strong senior leadership as well as a presence from beyond the 3-point line.

Key to the game: Can Ferndale avoid having that one bad quarter that has doomed them a few times this season? If the Golden Eagles can put together four quarters of solid basketball, they may very well stage the upset.

Player to watch: Taryn Knutson: Knutson led the team in scoring in its win over Marysville-Pilchuck with 22 points, and she also draws the toughest defensive assignment. Her ability to affect the game on both ends is paramount for Ferndale.

Key Number: 1: The number of points players other than Honeycutt, Knutson and Carlson scored in Ferndale's 58-57 win over Marysville-Pilchuck in the winner-to-state game in districts. Someone else needs to step up.

Scoring Avg: 55.5

Opp Avg: 41.7

Nickname: Rams

Enrollment: 948

League: Narrows 3A

District: 3

State appearances: 6 (5-9)

State titles: 0

Coach: Michelle Birge

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG

Josie Matz G Fr. 5-8 14.7

Kiara Knox F So. 5-10 13.4

Violet Morrow F Jr. 5-10 13.4

Tyra Foster C Sr. 6-1 7.1

Kiara McMillan G Fr. 5-1 5.2

Scouting the Rams: Wilson's offense is one of the best still alive in the 3A, putting forth three girls - Josie Matz, Kiara Knox and Violet Morrow - who score at least 13 points per game. The Rams have height, too, in 6-foot-1 senior post Tyra Foster, who is scoring 7.1 points per game, and her assignment of stopping Linsey Honeycutt will be one to watch as this game progresses. What remains to be seen, though, is how Wilson's leading scorer, Matz (14.7 points per game), will handle the bright lights at state. She's just a freshman despite her eye-popping numbers.

Key to the game: Will Wilson's youth catch up to them? The Rams' two freshmen, Matz and Kiara McMillan, log significant minutes along with Knox, who's a sophomore. Ferndale has a veteran lineup, and the Rams' youth is going to be tested.

Player to watch: Tyra Foster: Foster stands 6-foot-1, and with Hannah Carlson and Linsey Honeycutt both getting much of their 30 combined points near the rim, Foster's height will probably dictate who wins or loses this game.

Key Number: 3: The number of times over the past six games that Wilson has scored at least 70 points in a game. Ferndale, on the other hand, has only topped that mark once this year.

Scoring Avg: 61.2

Opp Avg: 41.8

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