By Quint Turner
When two winless teams play, someone’s gotta win it! Margreet Barhoum once again turned in a great performance, leading all scorers with 20, and 11 out of 13 Mavericks scored at least two points to lead Meadowdale to a 77-26 win over Marysville-Getchell Monday night in the Stable.
The game started with a bad omen for the Mavs, as Katie Rickel went after a rebound, jumped and then fell down, clutching her knee only 24 seconds in. She would return from the injury though. Right after, the Mavs started a 20-0 run, with two of those 20 points coming after Mackenzie Bretz stole a pass and gave it to Barhoum for the lay-in. The Mavs didn’t give up any points for five and a half minutes, thanks to their trap defense, which forced many of turnovers.
The Chargers got on the board when Brianna Lloyd-Bennett hit a midrange jumper, but for the most part, it was all Mavericks. Barhoum once again drove down the court, and while airborne, found Tianna Nugent for an easy bucket to put the Mavs up 26-4. The score was 28-9 Meadwodale after one.
It was another scary start in the second for the Mavs. This time, Alisa Sagdahl fought for a loose ball and slipped trying, fallling on her face. She would return to the sidelines, but not the game. The turnover woes for the Chargers continued, as they had 13 in the second, and it contributed to the Mavs’ dominance. Alyssa Reuble found a streaking Barhoum for another two points, and it was 34-13 with 5:11 to go. Soon after, Sara Fjortoft took an inbounds pass from midcourt, and went through everyone for another easy lay-up, making the score 36-13. On the other side, Lloyd-Bennett got an offensive rebound off a Rachel Lefstad shot, then got the ball back to Lefstad on a nice pass for a bucket, and it was 38-16. But once again, Barhoum drove down the court, went airborne and got it to Nugent for two more. The Mavs led 45-18 at the half.
Meadowdale backed off a little from their trap D, but that didn’t stop Barhoum from stealing a pass and taking it for a breakaway lay-in to make it 48-19. The Chargers also struggled with passing, as they had 14 turnovers in the quarter. The Mavs finally hit their first three of the game when Bretz knocked down a corner three to put them up 55-19. For the Chargers, Kyleigh Dschaak blocked a Bretz lay-in to earn some respect. Rickel came back in the third as well, and she drew a charge at one end of the floor, then right after, she knocked down an open three to make it 58-21 with 2:17 left. Katie Stordahl for the Chargers responded with a great pass down to Lefstad for an easy lay-in, and it was 61-23. The score at the end of three quarters was 64-23.
The fourth was just the Mavs closing out the game. Madison Parker got a great pass down low to Nugent to make it 67-23, and Nugent used that bucket to go on a single-handed 8-0 run to put the Mavs up 73-23. Neither side scored too much after that, and the Mavs sealed a 77-26 win, their first on the year.
Meadowdale improved to 1-3 (1-2 in league), and the Mavs’ next game is at Lynnwood Friday, at 7:15 p.m. The Chargers fell to 0-6 (0-3 in league), and their next game is Wednesday at Mountlake Terrace, also at 7:15.
Maverick Scoreboard: Sara Fjortoft 6, Margreet Barhoum 20, Tianna Nugent 15, Katie Rickel 3, Alyssa Reuble 4, Jaclyn Barhoum 3, Julianne Kossian 4, Mackenzie Bretz 8, Madison Parker 2, Ndey Sonko 8