After going winless in their first five games, the Lynnwood Royals were starting to feel a little stress from their slow start this season.
Those feelings all changed Friday night.
An energized and spirited Royals’ squad emerged from their locker room following a 50-39 win over the Everett Seagulls in a Wesco League contest played at Lynnwood High School.
Jerry Boston scored a game-high 17 points to lead Lynnwood to the important win.
“We wanted it so bad,” Boston said. “Everyday in practice we worked hard for it. And it feels good, it feels great — the smiles and laughter everywhere. We can finally get the pressure off our shoulders and just relax and just play basketball.”
Boston struggled in the first half to find his shot, scoring just three points before the break. The senior credited his teammates for their effort in building a 22-15 halftime lead.
“It’s a team effort to win a basketball game,” Boston said. “I’m happy to see the other guys step up. And we were able to come out with the ‘W’ in the end.”
Much of the scoring help for the Royals’ came from their non-starters. The bench contributed 20 points in the game. Edgar Bernabe and Gabe Newson each had eight points while Andrea Bouah added four points.
Lynnwood led by as many as 12 points in the contest, but the Seagulls clipped it to just four, 41-37, after a Jayden White layin with 2:29 to go in the game. But the Royals closed out the clash on a 9-2 run to secure their first win of the year.
The Royals will next host the Stanwood Spartans on Wednesday, Dec. 19, in a 7:15 p.m. game at Lynnwood High School.
In other Lynnwood action, the Lady Royals clamped down in the second half of their matchup with the Everett Seagulls and came away with a 66-55 victory at Everett High School.
The Royals outscored Everett 31-17 after halftime to left their overall record to 4-2. Nakia Boston returned after missing a number of games due to dehydration to lead the team in scoring with 28 points.
Prep Boys Basketball: Everett at Lynnwood, Dec. 14
Everett 7 8 10 14 — 39
Lynnwood 8 14 13 15 — 50
Lynnwood individual scoring: Jerry Boston 17, Edgar Bernabe 8, Gabe Newson 8, Timmy Taing 6, Josh Siscar 5, Andrea Bouah 4, Carson Speegle 2, Jayden Acosta-Newsome, Jordan Glover
Everett individual scoring: Mario Cortes-Garcia 9, Mason Cobos 7, Ronny Kildall 7, Taras Fesiienko 5, Andrew Olson 5, Peter Wilson 4, Jayden White 2, Ethan Ollis, Jeremy Reed
Records: Lynnwood 1-1 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 1-5 overall; Everett 0-2 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 1-5 overall
Lynnwood next game: versus Stanwood, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 7:15 p.m. at Lynnwood High School
Prep Girls Basketball: Lynnwood at Everett, Dec. 14
Lynnwood 17 18 16 15 — 66
Everett 23 15 9 8 — 55
Lynnwood individual scoring: Nakia Boston 28, Mia Jones 12, Amayah Kirkman 11, Emily Whybark 10, Madison Steele 3, Katelyn Kesinger 2, Marika Canda, Taylor Staheli, Jayden Angell
Everett individual scoring: Ella Sylvester 11, Emma Larson 10, Morgan Carter 9, Brooklyn Johnson 8, Lilli Thompson 6, Farrah Parrish 6, Caroline Jameson 5, Kayla Lay
Records: Lynnwood 2-0 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 4-2 overall; Everett 1-1 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 4-2 overall
Lynnwood next game: versus Stanwood, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 7:15 p.m. at Stanwood High School
— By Doug Petrowski