Ferndale’s six seniors saw their season and high school basketball careers come to an end Thursday night.
A hot start by Edmonds-Woodway handed the Ferndale girls’ basketball team a season-ending 77-53 loss in a Class 3A Northwest District Tournament elimination game at Ferndale High School.
Linsey Honeycutt led the Golden Eagles seniors with 16 points and eight rebounds, Carly Bannerman had 12 points and five rebounds, Shelby Slaughter had four points, Abby Reid had seven points, Dasia Washington had four points and Kendyl Puhan finished the game with three rebounds.
The six Ferndale seniors have been playing together since the fifth grade and after seven years the group has played its last game together.
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“It was definitely a hard game. It’s hard to swallow that the season is over and our careers are over,” Abby Reid said. “We have a great team and we’ve all been friends forever. The six of us have been playing together since fifth grade. I couldn’t ask for a better team and better coaches.”
Ferndale coach Mike Ivy was proud of the girls even though the team didn’t get the result it wanted Thursday night.
“We had a good year. Just played hard and fell short,” Ivy said.
“Linsey Honeycutt is the best ball player I’ve ever coached. I don’t know how many double-doubles she had in her career, but it’s a bunch,” Ivy said. “Abby Reid had an unbelievable senior year, averaging 11 points per game. Carly Bannerman with a bad foot and back still came out and scored double figures the past two games.”
The Warriors came out firing in the first quarter and the Golden Eagles looked surprised to start. Edmonds-Woodway hit five 3s in the opening quarter and Missy Peterson’s strong presence inside led to a 31-7 first quarter in favor of the Warriors.
The Golden Eagles tried to get its offense going, but Honeycutt and the offense was unable to get going.
“Everything we were trying wasn’t working. They (Edmonds-Woodway) were a good basketball team tonight,” Ivy said. “They were doing a little high-low in the first quarter and we had trouble guarding it. She (Peterson) is a strong girl. We knew going in she was going to be trouble and she absolutely was.”
Ferndale came back with a strong quarter of its own, outscoring Edmonds-Woodway 24-14 behind Bannerman’s 10 points and Honeycutt’s eight, heading into halftime down 14 points.
In the third quarter the Golden Eagles couldn’t get their shots to fall and slowly saw the game slipping away.
“I told them we had to keep taking it at them (Edmonds-Woodway),” Ivy said. “Besides Peterson they didn’t have a post presence. I knew we could dominate if we could go in the hole. We just didn’t finish very well tonight. We couldn’t get enough pressure to see if we could get a good run on them because they were hitting everything.”
“I thought we played our hardest. I don’t know what else we could have done,” Linsey Honeycutt said. “We never gave up.”
The Golden Eagles finished the game strong with a 15-point final frame, but the early first quarter from the Warriors proved to be enough to win the game.
“I’m proud of the girls. They worked hard,” Ivy said. “We tip our hats to Edmonds-Woodway. They were the better team tonight.”
Edmonds-Woodway 77, Ferndale 53
Edmonds-Woodway: Mady Burdett 15, Natalie Kasper 17, Claire Fyfe 8, Moni Jackson 22, Missy Peterson 15. Totals: 29-45 9-17 77.
Ferndale: Carly Bannerman 12, Shelby Slaughter 4, Abby Reid 7, Darrien Camarillo 2, Dasia Washington 4, Gabrielle Edison 8, Linsey Honeycutt 16. Totals: 21-47 7-19 53.
3-point field goals — Edmonds-Woodway: 12 (Jackson 4); Ferndale: 3 (Bannerman 2). Rebounds — Edmonds-Woodway: 30 (Peterson 7); Ferndale: 24 (Honeycutt 9). Assists — Edmonds-Woodway: 19 (Burdett 5); Ferndale: 14 (Slaughter 7). Fouls — Edmonds-Woodway: 19; Ferndale: 12. Turnovers — Edmonds-Woodway: 9; Ferndale: 15.