Austin Honeycutt scored a game-high 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as Ferndale’s boys’ basketball team fell to Marysville-Pilchuck 56-53 in the opening round of the Class 3A Northwest District Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
The Golden Eagles’ Sky Freeman, Carson Genger and Riley Hunt each had four points in the game.
“(Marysville-Pilchuck) is a tough team,” Ferndale coach Monte Walton said in a phone interview. “I thought our guys played really hard and that’s about all you can ask of them. Honeycutt had a pretty focused night with 31 points, we just didn’t get others on offense to carry us.”
Ferndale jumped out to an early 15-7 lead after the first quarter, taking good care of the ball and attacking the Tomahawks’ defense.
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“I think they were surprised by that,” Walton said. “We kind of know each other, in a way, playing each other the past few years.”
In the second quarter, the Golden Eagles were outscored by Marysville-Pilchuck 21-15 and went into halftime with a 30-28 lead.
After weathering the storm of the Tomahawks’ second quarter, Walton told his team to hang in there for the second half. The Golden Eagles came out and outscored Marysville-Pilchuck 15-9 in the third quarter. But a late 17-8 fourth-quarter run by the Tomahawks sealed the win.
“We came out and outscored them by six in the third by playing good team basketball. We just lost a little focus there in the fourth quarter and they took advantage of it,” Walton said.
Walton highlighted Riley Hunt, Carson Genger, Garrett Holmes and Jackson King for coming off the bench and contributing good minutes in the game.
Ferndale will play Edmonds-Woodway at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Ferndale in an elimination game.
“We just have to flush this game tonight and be ready to go against Edmonds-Woodway. They’re a quick team so we have to step it up and match their quickness,” Walton said.
Marysville-Pilchuck 56, Ferndale 53
Ferndale: Sky Freeman 4, Garett Holmes 2, Carson Genger 4, Malik Ivory 3, Austin Honeycutt 31, Jackson King 2, John Weg 0, Dante Kelly 3, Riley Hunt 4. Totals: 19-42 9-13 53.
Marysville-Pilchuck: Bryce Juneau 24, Josh Bevan 7, Michael Painter 8, Cole Grinde 13, Zach Verge 1, Nate Heckendorf 3. Totals: 16-45 13-23 56.
3-point field goals — Ferndale: 5 (Honeycutt 4); Marysville-Pilchuck: 7 (Two with 2). Rebounds — Ferndale: 32 (Honeycutt 8); Marysville-Pilchuck: 30 (Painter 7). Assists — Ferndale: 14 (Hunt 5); Marysville-Pilchuck: 15 (Juneau 5). Fouls — Ferndale: 19 (Ivory); Marysville-Pilchuck: 15. Turnovers — Ferndale: 12; Marysville-Pilchuck: 10.