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Originally published Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 10:51 PM

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Woodinville beats Garfield, off to school-best 11-0 start | Girls high school basketball

Woodinville started slow but showed Garfield a glimpse of its state prowess in a 54-33 win on Wednesday night in a KingCo 4A showdown.

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WOODINVILLE — Even in low gear, the third-ranked Woodinville High girls basketball team looked dangerous, though it didn't show on the scoreboard.

The Falcons overcame a slow start and showed flashes of what makes them a solid championship threat. Woodinville found a rhythm and gave Garfield a glimpse of that goodness in a 54-33 win on Wednesday night in a KingCo 4A showdown.

Ali Forde, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, had 17 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots as her Woodinville team became the first in school history to start a season 11-0.

The Falcons (7-0 in the KingCo Crown division) sputtered early but took control with a 21-2 run that stretched from the third quarter into the fourth.

"Honestly, we didn't play a good game, but we're always happy with a win," said third-year Woodinville coach Scott Bullock, whose team bettered the 10-0 start of the 2004-05 team that ended seventh in state.

"That wasn't Garfield's best game, either, but to win by 20 you have to be satisfied," Bullock said. "We're lucky. We have big players who can get up and down the floor.

"We try to run. We practice playing fast."

Junior Melissa Gilkey added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Falcons, who battled through foul trouble all night.

Garfield (6-5 overall, 5-2 in KingCo Crest) played without top playmaker and point guard Shaunice Robinson, who is injured.

The Bulldogs, led by Cora McManus' 11 points, struggled with their ball-handling, turning the ball over 20 times.

Falcons defensive stopper Crystal Nybo limited Bulldogs leading scorer Nyasha Sarju, averaging 13.7 points per game, to one point.

"We have team chemistry a lot this year, and we like each other a lot," said Woodinville senior Amanda Frost, who contributed eight points. "That's helped a lot. It's easy to share the ball. This is a lot different team than we've had."

Woodinville trailed 8-5 before going on a 14-2 run to turn the tide early in the second quarter.

"Third quarter is where our game is, and once we got the lead up past eight (points), there's no turning back," Frost said.

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