Girls basketball: Lynnwood overcomes early deficit, beats Arlington 58-40

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Lynnwood’s Mikalya Pivec (center) goes up for a shot against Arlington’s Gracie Castaneda (3) and Jessica Ludwig (24) during a Wesco 4A game Friday night at Arlington High School. (Photos by David Pan)

By David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor

If Friday night’s clash against Arlington was a test for Lynnwood, then the Royals earned an A.

Lynnwood kept its composure after falling behind against the Wesco 4A North’s top team in a packed gym.

The Royals shut down the Eagles in the third quarter, outscoring Arlington 18-4 to claim a 58-40 victory in a girls basketball game at Arlington High School.

“It’s a big win for us,” Lynnwood coach Everett Edwards said. “It’s another hostile environment. The band was rocking. Here they’ve got a great band and the crowd was loud.”

Lynnwood (8-0 in the league, 12-1 overall) trailed by double digits in the first quarter but then cut the deficit to 15-12 on a 3-pointer by Jordyn Edwards. The teams battled back-and-forth in the second quarter but the Royals closed strong and took a 29-26 lead into halftime.

The turning point of the contest, however, came in the third quarter when the Eagles (7-2, 12-2) were flustered by Lynnwood’s aggressive full-court, man-to-man defense. Arlington scored its only field goal at the 1:22 mark of the period. As the teams headed to the fourth quarter, Lynnwood took a commanding 47-30 lead.

The Royals didn’t make any major changes at halftime, though they made it a point to get out and pressure the Arlington shooters.

“We just stuck with the same game plan we had of trying to wear them down,” Edwards said. “We started off with full court, man pressure and we started the second half full court man too. So it was a situation that we hoped that they would not continue with their hot shooting from the perimeter if we could kind of tire their legs out a little bit. In the second half, their shots stopped falling as much and our pressure was able to cause them to turn the ball over and be a little bit hesitant on offense.”

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Lynnwood’s Danielle Hayes (left) pressures Arlington’s Jessica Ludwig.

 

Lynnwood sophomore forward Mikayla Pivec scored a game-high 14 points. Monty Cooper added 12 points and Jasmin Edwards had 10 points. Five players had 7 points each for Arlington.

The Eagles opened the game strong and were hitting their shots from outside.

“I think they had five or so 3-pointers in the first half and they weren’t touching rim,” Edwards said. “So you could tell they were ready to shoot the ball.”

Edwards reminded his players to remain focused.

“We really preach that it’s a long game and the first quarter things weren’t going our way,” Edwards said. “However, we stood together as a team and we kept with the game plan and we kept working and grinding and ultimately it took us a little bit for our pressure to get to them. It took going into the second quarter and into the third quarter.”

In tough games, it is the team’s endurance and defense that keep the Royals in games, Edwards added.

Lynnwood faces another tough test against second-place Snohomish at 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Lynnwood High School.

“We’re going to continue to work on our overall team chemistry on both ends of the court,” Edwards said. “We’re blessed to stay healthy. That’s probably the most important thing.”

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Lynnwood’s Kelsey Rogers (right) tries to get past Arlington’s Serafina Balderas.

 

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