Ferndale used big games from big men Austin Honeycutt and John Weg to stay alive in the Class 3A District Tournament with a 64-62 win over Edmonds-Woodway on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Ferndale High School.
Honeycutt scored 17 points to go with game-high 18 points, and Weg scored 21 of his game-high 23 points in the second half including a huge fourth-quarter dunk.
“I thought they played a really good game for us and carried us,” Golden Eagles coach Monte Walton said of Honeycutt and Weg in a phone interview. “We played a real quick, smaller team. We had to get the ball down court, get it down to them and they did some damage for us.”
Ferndale, the tournament’s six seed, plays No. 5-seeded Arlington next at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at Arlington. The game is another loser-out matchup after Ferndale dropped the tournament opener to Marysville-Pilchuck.
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The game was tied at 28 at halftime, but Ferndale pulled ahead in the third quarter, outscoring Edmonds-Woodway 19-11.
The Golden Eagles led 49-41 heading into the fourth quarter, and Walton said his team led by eight with 4 1/2 minutes to play when Edmonds-Woodway began fouling.
Ferndale, which finished 20 of 37 from the free-throw line, struggled at the stripe, allowing Edmonds-Woodway to work itself back into the game.
“They started fouling, and we’d make one of two and miss 1 and 1s,” Walton said.
Dante Kelly added nine points in the win, and all his production came from behind the 3-point line. Malik Ivory chipped in six, and Sky Freeman scored four and match Honeycutt with four assists.
The Golden Eagles have won four of their past six games, and will be looking to improve on last year’s finish when they went 1-2 during the district tournament.
Ferndale 64, Edmonds-Woodway 62
Edmonds-Woodway: Trey Holland 13, Jordan Rice 6, Brady Edwards 14, Dominic Marinez 10, Phinnian Rogan 2, Tanner Caraco 6, Ali Gay 13, Ryan Peterson 0. Totals: 26-67 6-14 62.
Ferndale: Sky Freeman 4, Garett Holmes 1, Dalton Neer 0, Carson Genger 0, Malik Ivory 6, Austin Honeycutt 17, Jackson King 0, John Weg 23, Dante Kelly 9, Hunt 4. Totals: 20-57 20-37 64.
3-point field goals — Edmonds-Woodway: 4 (Holland/Edwards 2); Ferndale: 4 (Kelly 3). Rebounds — Edmonds-Woodway: 27; Ferndale: 43 (Honeycutt 18). Assists — Edmonds-Woodway: 10 (Holland 4); Ferndale: 15 (Honeycutt/Freeman 4). Fouls — Edmonds-Woodway: 28 (Gay); Ferndale: 15. Turnovers — Edmonds-Woodway: 15; Ferndale: 18.