By Quint Turner
The stage was set for a Wesco South boys basketball match-up in Lynnwood. Meadowdale (6-5 overall; 4-1 division) had won five in a row coming into Friday night’s game while Mountlake Terrace (4-6 overall; 3-3 division), had lost the past five games. This was going to be an emotional battle between rivals, and the crowd came in for it.
The first quarter seemed to disappoint people who loved close games, as the Mavericks went down 2-0 and then never trailed again in the quarter. Led by Tyce Tallman, who scored seven in the first period, Meadowdale ended the first quarter up 16-2 .
The Hawks did start a hard comeback in the second with a 7-0 run, but after that, it was back and forth, with a lot of sloppy passing and turnovers on both sides. Terrace’s Will Powell, who led all scorers with 15, started to heat up, scoring six in the quarter. The Hawks had another 6-0 run to end the half, trailing the Mavs 24-17.
In the third, the Hawks continued to have the momentum. Powell and Julian Snow, who scored 12 in the game, lit up the scoreboard for Mountlake Terrace. Both teams turned up the defense for an even more physical second half and the refs started to crack down. Fouls were called almost every other play, and it became a foul trouble battle. The Hawks inched their way back, though, and were only down 35-30 after the third period.
The fourth was a battle of tempers, and of free throw shooting. The Mavs got most of the chances at the line, and they’d need every free throw they got as they didn’t make a single field goal in the fourth. With the Mavs up by only two with 2:17 left and in the double bonus, a controversial holding call on the Hawks led to tempers flaring from the Hawks sideline, where Coach Nalin Sood got called for a technical foul, adding two more shots.
Toorin Dooley (12 on the night) made the first two free throws while Spencer Linton was one-for-two, putting the Mavs up by five. With 1:20 to go, the Hawks got within two, and with :40 to play, missed a tying two pointer. The Mavs went up by 3 on a free throw, and Terrace turned the ball over while attempting to set up a three-point shot. In the end, Meadowdale came away with a 44-40 win.
Meadowdale Scorers: Tanner Mahler 2, Spencer Linton 4, Tyce Tallman 9, Sean Hennessey 10, Tanner Dooley 12, Aaron Feldhaus 2, Dylan Buck 6, Sam Hong 1
My Edmonds News sports contributor Quint Turner is a student at Meadowdale High School.