Ferndale treated its league matchup with Sehome as a must-win scenario, given where the Golden Eagles need to finish in the Northwest Conference standings to qualify for the WESCO 3A District Tournament.
That should have been plenty of motivation to leave Sehome with a win, but senior guard Garett Holmes had more.
“Garett Holmes actually played AAU at Sehome, so he had a little message he wanted to send tonight,” first-year Ferndale coach Jason Owens said.
Holmes played with the Mariners during the offseason after being cut from Ferndale previous to Owens’ arrival, and the guard was key in the Golden Eagles’ 54-47 NWC win Thursday, Jan. 14.
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Holmes scored 14 points, connecting on three of Ferndale’s four 3s. Austin Honeycutt, returning after missing one game with a sprained ankle, led all scorers with 21 points and six boards, and John Weg added six points and seven rebounds.
Marcus Montag led the Mariners with 14 points and Logan Deboo and Leighton Kingma scored 12.
Ferndale led the entire way and led by as much as 16 points in the fourth quarter before Sehome trimmed its deficit late.
“Well, it was a good team win,” Holmes said. “We finally came together I feel like, played a lot better than we have been bouncing back from that loss against Baker. We made shots we needed, key victory.”
Most valuable player
Ferndale’s Austin Honeycutt led all scorers with 21 points and was integral is shutting down Sehome’s inside-out game. The physical senior forward scored nine of his 21 in the first quarter and added eight in the third.
Play of the Night
The game was far over by this time, but Sehome 6-foot-6 junior forward Logan Deboo intercepted a pass late in the fourth quarter, had nothing but open space in front of him, elevating and threw down an emphatic two-handed dunk that drew a big rise out of the home crowd.
What it means
Ferndale coach Jason Owens is hoping the win, which he said was one of the team’s best all-around performances, ignites the Golden Eagles and helpes them string together a few wins. Since Dec. 8, Ferndale has went win-loss, win-loss, win-loss for 11 games.
Sehome returns to the court to play Sedro-Woolley at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at home while Ferndale is scheduled to host Oak Harbor in a nonleague game at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18.
Ferndale 54, Sehome 47
Ferndale: Sky Freeman 4, Hunter Crim 2, Garett Holmes 14, Kyler Lagerway 0, John Weg 6, Riley Hunt 2, Jackson King 2, Austin Honeycutt 21, Dane Larsen 0, Carson Genger 2.
Sehome: Logan Lyall 2, Eddie Hoschsprung 0, Logan Deboo 12, Jakobee Woodfork 0, Matthew Robinson 0, Jaren Tilley 1, Marcus Montag 14, Austin Roberts 6, Leighton Kingma 12, Ben Malquist 0.
3-point field goals — Ferndale: 4 (Holmes 3); Sehome: 7 (Kingma/Montag/Roberts 2). Rebounds — Ferndale: 27 (Weg 7); Sehome: 30 (Kingma 10). Assists — Ferndale: 7 (Holmes 3); Sehome: 5 (Montag 3). Fouls — Ferndale: 11 (Weg); Sehome: 19. Turnovers — Ferndale: 9; Sehome: 14.