Prep girls basketball: Timberwolves hand Royals first loss of the season

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The 3A Lynnwood Royals girls basketball team took their 2-0 record on the road for a visit to Jackson High School, where they took on the 4A Lady Timberwolves.

Jackson proved to be too much for the young Royals, jumping out to an early 24-11 first-quarter lead, and they would not look back on to their way to a 72-36 victory.

Lynnwood came into the game short-handed, only suiting up eight of their 11 varsity players. One of those not playing was star junior guard Nakia Boston, a second team All-Wesco guard from last season.

The Timberwolves held a clear height advantage across the board, with four of their starting five at 6 feet tall or more — all taller than Lynnwood’s tallest starting player — and it showed on the offensive and defensive boards.

The bright spot for the Royals continues to be the play of junior guard Amayah Kirkman, who continued her hot start to the season by pouring in a game-high 24 points. She is averaging 28.3 points per game so far in three games.

“We gotta go back to work. We gotta get better,” said head coach Brandon Newby. “The match-up was tough. We’re tiny, they’re big and they can shoot it. They’re going to contend for the (Wesco) 4A title. It’s a learning experience.”

It won’t get any easier for the Royals as their next contest will come Friday night against another big, talented, non-conference 4A school in Inglemoor.

That game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. at Lynnwood High School.

Girls Basketball: Lynnwood at Jackson, Dec. 4, 2018

Lynnwood           11    10      9     6 —36

Jackson                24    13     20    15 —72

Lynnwood scoring: Amayah Kirkman 24, Mia Jones 8, Emily Whybark 2, Taylor Staheli 2

Jackson scoring: Mackendra Konig 19, Olivia Skibiel 15, Megan Mattison 9, Alexa Martin 8, Lauren Schillberg 6, Riley Mekanik 6, Emma Merwin 4, Sammy Klotter 3, Hailey Hjort 2

Records: Lynnwood 0-0 Conference, 2-1 overall;  Jackson 0-0 Conference, 1-1 overall

Lynnwood’s next game: versus Inglemoor, Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m. at Lynnwood High School

Jackson’s next game: versus Arlington, Dec. 7, 7:15 p.m. at Arlington High School

— Story and photos by Scott Williams

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