Ferndale’s girls’ basketball team runs into Glacier Peak more frequently than they meet most Northwest Conference opponents.
On Friday, Feb. 13, at Eagle Gym, the Golden Eagles and Grizzlies met for the eighth time in seven years in a Class 3A Northwest District Tournament game.
The Grizzlies had won the last five meetings between the two and Friday night proved no different.
Glacier Peak took an 11-5 lead to open the game and never relinquished that lead, winning 78-71 in an opening round district game over Ferndale.
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The high-paced game played to both team’s strengths and willingness to run ball. Glacier Peak happened to be a little better at it Friday.
“We play a certain style and so do they,” Ferndale coach Mike Ivy said. “We didn’t want to back down even though they’re a very good basketball team.”
And with neither team having any desire to slow the pace down, back and forth they went, exchanging bucket after bucket until a 10-2 run in the third quarter put the Grizzlies up 56-47. Despite a 6-0 run to start the fourth to pull to within two, the Golden Eagles could never catch up.
“We have to stay more composed,” sophomore guard Darrien Camarillo said. “We get kind of flustered under a lot of pressure so we just got to keep our control.”
Linsey Honeycutt led Ferndale with 27 points and 12 rebounds while Camarillo had 14 points and six assists.
“I think we played the best game of our year. I think you have to to beat that team,” Ivy said. “I thought every girl wanted it. I was real happy with the effort. A lot of things went well. They just came out on the upperhand of it.”
Knowing that Glacier Peak would be reviewing film of the Golden Eagles, Ivy changed his offensive scheme a bit to attack the zone defense of the Grizzlies.
The changes meant relying heavily on Camarillo and senior point guard Abby Reid, who finished with 12 points, to attack the lane and either take the shot or find Honeycutt from there.
The plan worked; Ferndale had the second-highest scoring output of their season.
Honeycutt was the workhorse in the first half, taking 11 of the team’s 27 shots and scoring 10 of the team’s 40 first-half points. Camarillo also benefited with a nine-point second quarter.
“Darrien and Abby got in the key a lot and caused a lot of problems,” Ivy said. “We’ve been working really hard on trying to get to basket more. I thought we did that well.”
Camarillo, who is only a sophomore, showed what she’s capable of and gave Ferndale hope for when its six seniors depart at the end of the season.
“I saw a star in the making,” Ivy said of Camarillo’s performance Friday. “That girl the next two years is in the Northwest Conference and when we’re in the playoffs is just going to be unreal. She’s an unbelievable leader.”
While offensively the Golden Eagles were stellar, defensively there was no stopping the Grizzlies. Ferndale rotated from a fullcourt trap to a 2-3 zone without finding success.
“The speed. They have real good quickness. All their girls are good basketball players,” Ivy said of the challenges Glacier Peak presented. “You see those passes that they get into their big girls. Those are difficult to stop. It takes a lot of heart and effort to do it. I think we struggled early with it.”
Ferndale moves to the elimination round now and will face Shorewood on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Ferndale High School.
The Golden Eagles must win three straight games to make it to the regional round of state.
After playing together for seven years, the six seniors want to make the most of their last opportunity at making it to state.
“They’ve wanted this opportunity and we had it last year and not a lot of them got a lot of playing time,” Ivy said. Now, they’re ready to play, they don’t want to let this slip by them.”
Glacier Peak 78, Ferndale 71
Glacier Peak: Paisley Johnson 20, Samantha Fatkin 13, Sadie Mensing 13, Kayla Watkins 13, Natalie Rasmussen 7, Sierra Nash 0, Kianna Garner 12, Abbie Juozapaitis 0. Totals: 27-54 18-27 78.
Ferndale: Carly Bannerman 2, Shelby Slaughter 0, Abby Reid 12, Darrien Camarillo 14, Savanna Shawler 2, Dasia Washington 6, Kendyl Puhan 4, Gabrielle Edison 6, Linsey Honeycutt 27. Totals: 27-50 9-16 71.
3-point field goals — Glacier Peak: 5 (Fatkin 3); Ferndale: 4 (Reid, Camarillo 2). Rebounds — Glacier Peak: 21(Johnson 5); Ferndale: 27 (Honeycutt 12). Assists — Glacier Peak: 18 (Fatkin 8); Ferndale: 19 (Camarillo 5). Fouls — Glacier Peak: 16; Ferndale: 18 (Fouled out: Edison). Turnovers — Glacier Peak: 13; Ferndale: 19.