South Whidbey girls, finally healthy, beat up on Cedar Park

South Whidbey senior guard Kacie Hanson scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds in a 52-35 win over the Cedar Park Christian girls basketball team on Friday in Bothell.

The Falcons (4-6 Cascade, 9-9) moved ahead of Cedar Park (4-7, 9-10) in the race for home court advantage in the first round of the Class 1A District playoffs, which begin on Feb. 6.

South Whidbey came in on a three-game losing streak, including tough losses to Archbishop Murphy and Cedarcrest, and evened the season series after the Eagles won on Whidbey Island on Jan. 10.

The Falcons outscored Cedar Park in the first three quarters, and led 41-34 headed to the fourth period after the Eagles had gotten within 12. But unlike in previous games — including a Cedar Park win on Jan. 10 on Whidbey Island — the Falcons were nearly healthy.

“We’ve been going through some crazy stuff,” South Whidbey coach Andy Davis said. “We have a girl with mono, and a girl with a broken arm, out for the year. When we played [Cedar Park] the first time, our leading scorer tonight was out with the flu. Anther one of our shooters was out with an ankle, and then we lost another with an ankle in the game. We were down to seven kids. We’re getting healthy. We still don’t have those two girls, but we’re learning how to play without them.”

Cedar Park freshman Irena Korolenko led the Eagles with 15 points.

Megan Drake had 12 points for South Whidbey and Kolby Heggenes and Mackenzee Collins both scored eight.

Next, Cedar Park has Granite Falls in the regular season finale at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 in Granite Falls. The Eagles need to win to stay in the hunt for a home playoff game, though the seeding would come down to a tiebreaker if South Whidbey splits its final two game against Granite Falls and Kings.