Originally published Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Woodinville defense shuts down Garfield, 63-54 | Girls Basketball

Ali Forde had 16 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists, six steals and three blocked shots as the fifth-ranked Falcons stayed perfect.

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Scott Bullock was less than thrilled.

The Woodinville girls basketball coach wanted to see better defense in the first half of his fifth-ranked Falcons' game at Garfield.

In pushing the pace to wear down the thin Bulldogs, his team was giving up too many easy hoops.

Led by senior Ali Forde, Woodinville went in lockdown mode in the second half for a 63-54 victory in Wednesday's KingCo 4A Crown Division game.

Forde had 16 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists, six steals and three blocked shots. Teammate Mackenzie Campbell, a sophomore playing in her first varsity game, helped limit leading Garfield scorer Nyasha Sarju to eight of her 24 points after halftime.

Forde, a 6-foot-1 post player, was everywhere on the floor and at times led the fast break on the dribble for the Falcons.

"Shaunice (Robinson) and Nyasha, we knew they were pretty good, and we had to try to stop them if we had a chance in this game," she said.

Of her teammate Campbell, Forde said, "She stepped up. I'm pretty excited for her."

Robinson scored 16 for the Bulldogs — 12 after halftime.

Garfield (1-2 overall, 0-2 league) led by as many as six in the first half, clinging to a 19-13 advantage before Woodinville (3-0, 3-0) clamped down.

"We knew they had two girls we had to stop," said Bullock. "I wasn't happy with our defense in the first half. In trying to speed things up, we gave up too many open looks.

"We put Mackenzie on Nyasha in the second half, and she didn't get much until a three-pointer late," Bullock said of Campbell. "Mackenzie had been having some back troubles and didn't play the first two games. We knew she was going to be our go-to defensive girl. She's a tenacious and intense player. And they had no answer for Ali, really. Ali is a little hungrier right now."

Forde shot 7 of 12 from the floor but said defense was the key for Woodinville.

"We definitely want to be a good defensive team, and we work a lot on defense," said Forde, who plans to play volleyball and basketball at the University of Idaho and join her football-playing brother, Max, at the school. "I just go for the ball. We want to be able to run up and down the court. We want to get them and go.

"I think we can definitely build on last year's (fifth-place) state finish. We have some young players and they have some talent."

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