Friday Harbor bounced Nooksack Valley from postseason play with a 64-51 District 1 Tournament victory Wednesday, Feb. 8. The Wolverines advance to the Class 1A Tri-District Tourney Saturday, Feb. 11.
“That was nice,” Friday Harbor coach Rod Turnbull said of his first home playoff win as a Wolverine coach.
“I’m really excited...It’s nice to see your hard work pay off,” said Dakota Rosales, the Wolverines’ only senior. “I’m very happy.”
Hometown fans filled Turnbull Gymnasium -- named for the current coach’s father, also a Wolverine basketball coach -- and cheered on the Wolverines.
“It gave us that extra burst of energy,” Turnbull said. “You see that big crowd over there and you don’t want to disappoint them.”
The Wolverines didn’t. They raced to a 21-10 first-quarter lead and were up 33-25 at halftime. After the Pioneers cut the lead to three points late in the third quarter, the Wolverines responded with a 20-10 finish.
“It was really nice to see us answer their run,” Turnbull said.
Otis Cooper-West led all scorers with 18 points, including three of the Wolverines’ five first-half three-pointers. The sophomore also dominated the boards, grabbing 12 rebounds.
Collin Williamson chipped in 12, C.J. Woods contributed 11 and Donald Galt pitched in 10. Rosales scored his points at the free-throw line, sinking six of nine. Dylan Demaris scored 5.
B.J. Salmonson topped Noosack Valley scorers with 10.
The Wolverines enter Tri-District play as District 1’s No. 3 team. They will play at No. 3 team from District 3. Check out the Tri-District Tournament bracket for more information.