The Riverhawks fought to within a point in the final minute, but the Falcons, behind 14 points from Regan Schenk, won the regional matchup 49-44.
The adversity started to pile up, first with early foul trouble for the Woodinville High School girls basketball team.
Then, Chiawana kept pushing and attacking, but the Falcons certainly bristled at the thought of succumbing and ending a still-promising season.
Junior guard Regan Schenk made sure the Falcons got the job done, providing 14 points and four assists in a hard-fought 49-44 win over Chiawana of Pasco on Saturday in a Class 4A loser-out regional game at Bothell High School.
Woodinville (19-4) sputtered early and finally gained control of the lead late. The Falcons opened a 45-38 lead with 3 minutes, 35 seconds left in the game and fended off a late Riverhawks’ rally that got them within 45-44 with 27.8 seconds to play.
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“This game, I thought we did a good job of keeping our head, and we were all very optimistic about the game and that we’re very good,” Schenk said. “We knew how important this game was to us, so we came out with a lot of energy. We just kept pushing through, knowing it was eventually going to go our way and it did.
“I felt like we all brought it, because we knew this was our last game if we lost.”
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