By Quint Turner
The dominant defense of 4A Arlington and 6-foot post Cassie Van Loo were too much for the 3A Meadowdale Lady Mavericks, who lost a 58-53 non-league season opener to the Eagles on Meadowdale’s home court Friday night.
The Mavericks jumped out to a 5-3 lead in the first quarter, but then Eagles star offensive player Lexi Sarver and the Arlington offense came alive, outscoring Meadowdale 10-2 to end the quarter with at 17-13 lead. The Eagles’ dominance led to missed shots for the Mavs and plenty of turnovers, a trend that would continue in the second period.
The second quarter was key for the Eagles as they pulled away, boosted by the play of Jasmine Redix and Lindsay Brown. This was despite the great dual Mav combination of Lindsay Hatch, who finished the game with 14, and Margreeet Barhoum, who led all scorers with 17.
The Eagles had a 36-26 lead at halftime but at the start of the third, the Mavs came back, using stellar defense to force turnovers. However, the Eagles — with three players at 6-feet and two at 5-11 — dominated under the net, limiting the damage that Meadowdale could inflict.
The fourth quarter was nearly the same as the third. The Mavs could force turnovers, but they weren’t able to convert those into points on the scoreboard, and the Eagles walked off the court with a 58-53 win.
“This game is won or lost on the boards, and we weren’t able to get those key rebounds,” Meadowdale Head Coach Troy Parker said after the game.
My Edmonds News sportswriter Quint Turner is a student at Meadowdale High School.