Prep girls basketball: Royals blow away Eagles at the District 1 3A championship

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Lynnwood’s Kelsey Rogers (14) hits a jumper from the free throw line. (All photos by Scott Williams)

The much-anticipated match-up between undefeated Lynnwood Royals and Arlington Eagles turned out to be no match at all as the Royals dominated Saturday at Jackson High School.

Lynnwood blew away the Eagles 60-22 and captured the 2016 Northwest District 1 3A Girls Basketball Championship for the third year in a row.

The Royals came into the clash at no. 1 in the AP 3A state prep girls basketball rankings. Arlington was ranked #3 in the state.

“For us it was a great team effort,” said Royals Coach Everett Edwards. “We put it all together in terms of our offensive and defensive game plan, and the girls executed it wonderfully.”

With the victory, Lynnwood becomes a no. 1-seed in the 3A Girls Basketball Regionals. Eight loser-out regional games will be played around the state Feb. 26-27. The Royals regional opponent and game site will be announced either late Saturday or on Sunday, Feb. 21.

“We want to play well at this time of the year,” Edwards said. “This is the time of year a lot of team’s seasons have ended, and we’re excited to continue to play and hopefully represent our Wesco League.”

Lynnwood (23-0 overall) won the district title Saturday night with a suffocating defensive effort. Arlington shot 7-for-55 (12.7 percent) from the field, 2-for-20 (10 percent) from beyond the three-point arc, and was held to their lowest point production of the season. The team’s previous lows were 53 points in wins over Shorecrest on Dec. 11 and Oak Harbor on Jan. 29.

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Lynnwood’s Taylor Fahey (23) hits a baseline jumper in the first quarter.

From the last minute of the first quarter to the 1:58 mark of the third quarter, the Eagles missed 29 shots in a row from the field on Saturday.

“We had hoped to stay out on (their) shooters and we wanted to make their kids drive and make shots in the paint,” Edwards explained. “We didn’t want to let them shoot multiple threes.”

Lynnwood’s game plan called for Royals’ post player Kelsey Rogers to challenge any Eagles who brought the ball inside, allowing her teammates to remain on the perimeter to defense against long jumpers. The plan worked to perfection, Edwards said.

“Kelsey just played wonderfully tonight,” Edwards said. “We really wanted her to play big and look to get some blocks and to kind of own the middle of the paint because you have to stay out on Arlington’s shooters. She just owned the middle and owned the paint for us tonight. And when she plays well we’re a very tough team to deal with.”

Rogers, a junior, finished the game with four blocks in addition to her 10 points for the Royals.

“She has great footwork,” Edwards said of Rogers. “She’s a strong young lady and she has a lot of skill. And when she puts it all together, thank goodness for her great teammates that give her great passes at the right time.”

Lynnwood was led in scoring by the 21 points of senior Jordan Edwards as the team’s top scorer this year, Mikayla Pivec, got into early foul trouble with two fouls in the first 3:34 of the game.

“(Jordan) was ready to play tonight,” Edwards said. “I think, obviously with (Mikayla) in foul trouble, she probably felt like she had to step up a little bit and play a little harder and do some things. But she had a great game from start to finish all the way through.”

Kaprice Boston tallied 12 points for the Royals while Pivec added 10 points in limited action.

Arlington had no players reach double figures in scoring. Jayla Russ was the Eagles’ top scorer with eight points.

By finishing second in the district tournament, Arlington will still move on to regional play. The Edmonds-Woodway Warriors also qualified for the girls basketball regionals with a 45-35 victory over Shorewood in the district tourney third place game on Saturday.

To view the entire Northwest District 1 3A Girls Basketball Tournament final results’ bracket, click here.

Prep Girls Basketball: Arlington vs. Lynnwood, Feb. 20

Arlington        10          0          4          8        —          22
Lynnwood     14        20        14        12        —          60

Arlington scoring: Jayla Russ 8, Peyton Brown 3, Gracie Castaneda 2, Sevi Bielser 2, Olivia Larson 2, Abby Anderson 2, Tahlia Miears 2, Emma Janousek 1, Kelsey Mellick, Serafina Balderas, Sarah Shortt, Selena Gutierrez

Lynnwood scoring: Jordyn Edwards 21, Kaprice Boston 12, Mikayla Pivec 10, Kelsey Rogers 10, Reilly Walsh 4, Taylor Fahey 2, Abi Yemane 1, Valerie Bell, Rachel Walsh, Abby Douglas, Kaui Piilani, Kia Crawford

Records: Lynnwood 23-0 overall; Arlington 22-1 overall

–By Doug Petrowski

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