By David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor
It would be somewhat of an understatement to say Lynnwood came out ready to play in its 4A District 1 tournament opener.
Royals jumped all over Lake Stevens 32-11 in the first quarter and went on to post a 71-37 victory Tuesday night at Lynnwood High School.
“We were definitely excited for this game and we knew we had to come out strong and get ahead of Lake Stevens,” said senior guard Jasmin Edwards. “We came out firing and made our shots.”
With both high school bands in attendance along with packed stands, Lynnwood seemed to feed off the energy of the hometown crowd.
“The atmosphere was great,” Lynnwood coach Everett Edwards said. “Our girls were ready to play from the start. … That was a great first quarter for us, probably one of our top first quarters we’ve had this season. We continued it with a very good second quarter.”
Lynnwood (20-1) led 48-10 at halftime. The only minor hiccup as far as coach Edwards was concerned was the third quarter when the Vikings (9-12) outscored Lynnwood 12-7. The Royals regrouped and finished strong in the fourth quarter.
“Coach (Randy) Edens made some adjustments at halftime and they were playing good basketball in the third quarter,” coach Edwards said. “We’re going to have to play good defense for the whole 32 minutes. We kind of struggled with that in the third quarter.”
Lynnwood’s Jordyn Edwards led all scorers with 19 points and Monty Cooper added 17 points. Jasmin Edwards and Mikayla Pivec each scored 10 points.
The Royals face Edmonds-Woodway, who beat Monroe 45-35, at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13 at Mountlake Terrace High School. The winner advances to the district title game on Feb. 21 at Glacier Peak High School. Lynnwood swept the season series against the Warriors.
“They are a great team,” Jasmin Edwards said. “They have shooters. They have a really great post. … We have to prepare these next few days and come out really strong and hopefully win that game as well.”
Coach Edwards expects a tough game against Edmonds-Woodway, which lost by 28 points in the last meeting between the two Edmonds District rivals.
“At this time of the year, all of the regular season stuff is thrown out the window,” coach Edwards said. “It’s a whole new season and it’s anybody’s game. If a team can play good basketball for 32 minutes, any team can beat any team.”
The players appreciated the fan support at Tuesday night’s game as well as throughout the season.
“It’s awesome,” Jasmin Edwards said. “Through the whole season we’ve had all of our parents, staff and everyone supporting us. We had a really great student crowd tonight. It’s great to see. Having the support really helps, especially the band. The band tonight was really awesome.”