The Lynnwood girls basketball team won its fourth straight Edmonds School District Summer Shootout championship Sunday at Meadowdale High School.
But the victory didn’t come easy as the Royals trailed 10-0 to start the title game against Todd Beamer before eventually prevailing 36-29 in the eighth annual tournament.
The Royals went on a 23-9 run to erase the early 10-point deficit and led 23-19 at halftime.
Lynnwood beat Snohomish 31-18 in the semifinals and posted earlier wins over Kamiak (59-29), Mercer Island (55-29) and reigning Idaho 5A state champion Mountain View (68-25).
“Both games today versus Snohomish and Todd Beamer were highly contested games and very competitive,” Lynnwood coach Everett Edwards said.
The Shootout was the second tournament championship for Lynnwood, who previously won the Snohomish Summer Tournament. The Royals are 10-0 for the spring and are 29-5 with five tournament titles over the past two seasons.
“What stood out in this tournament was our toughness,” Edwards said. “We really played against teams that played very physical against us and we were very tough minded and I also felt our conditioning helped us.”
Lynnwood’s starters logged a lot of minutes in the championship game. “It really showed they are in great condition to be able to play at that high of a pace in a game and not get subbed out very much,” Edwards said.