The Meadowdale girls basketball team broke its two-game skid by managing to outplay the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks Friday night. Both teams use a very aggressive half-court press that then goes into a zone defense in their end of the court. When the Lady Mavs came out with lots of energy in the first, the Tomahawks were shocked. Constant turnovers came from Marysville-Pilchuck’s inability to pass the ball quickly enough to get around the defense, and the Mavs jumped out to an 18-6 lead after the first. After that, the Tomahawks never recovered on offense until it was too late. The Mavs held an18-point lead with 2:20 left in the game, the Tomahawks went on a 10-0 run, with seven of those points coming from Charlee Pilon, but it wasn’t enough. The Lady Mavs held on to win 47-29.
The first 20 seconds were peak Lady Maverick basketball. After failing to get an offensive rebound, Kearstin Franco stayed to pressure the ball handler while the rest of the Mavs got back on defense, and Franco managed to steal a breakout pass and make a lay-in for the first two points of the game. Then, on the inbounds pass, Angela Birchman did the same thing: caught the pass and put it in to give the Mavs a quick 4-0 lead. Meadowdale ended up starting on an 8-0 run with an offensive strategy of taking the first open shot possible.
On the other side, the Tomahawks seemed to pass the ball around too much and ended up having their passes picked off or shooting a three-pointer. In fact, the first points for Marysville-Pilchuck came on a three by Halie Romo. With 3:00 to go, Amanda Klep made a long jumper to cut the deficit to 12-5. After that, the Lady Mavs responded with a 6-0 run, including a great coast-to-coast breakaway by Bretz that gave Meadowdale an 18-5 lead with 1:20 left. The quarter ended with the score 18-6, Mavericks.
The second quarter was a lot more of a defensive struggle. The Lady Mavs scored three points all quarter for the same exact reason the Tomahawks failed to score in the first: They kept trying to pass around the defense and had their passes intercepted, but they also never tried to take the open jump shots. The Mavs ended up with 12 turnovers in the second alone. On the other side, Pilchuck kept missing open looks and three-pointers. They shot just 2 of 14 from beyond the arc in the first half. Romo hit her second three with 20 seconds left in the quarter to make it 18-12 Meadowdale, but Bretz came back the other way and made a three of her own with two seconds left to make it 21-12 going into the second half.
Relative to the first half, the offenses exploded in the third, scoring a combined 26 points. The Tomahawks started the half on a 6-0 run, with the first two points coming off a Klep lay-in after she went on a breakaway. That was the closest Pilchuck came to tying the game up. Bretz hit her second 3-pointer of the night right after to give the Mavs a 24-18 lead. A few possessions later, and Ndey Sonko drove straight through the zone defense and made a lay-in to make it 28-20 with 4:00 left. Three minutes later, Bretz started an 8-0 run with another three, giving the Lady Mavs a 32-22 lead. Then she capped the run off with her fourth three of the game to push the lead to 37-22. That three came with 10 seconds left in the half and the score remained 37-22 going into the fourth. Bretz made all four of the MHS three-pointers, where they shot 4 for 13 from beyond the arc as a team.
The Mavs looked tired coming into the fourth. Right away, Pilon made a three, and then on their next possession, Jenika Anglim hit a three of her own to bring the score to 39-28. Both Pilon and Anglim had plenty of time to take their shots, as the Meadowdale defenders failed to get a hand in their face; something they were great at in the first three quarters. The Mavs did go on a 8-1 run over the next few minutes and held a 47-29 lead with 2:20 left in the game.
However, the Tomahawks didn’t quit. Pilon made a steal at half-court and went on a breakaway for a lay-in to make it 47-31. Then she went on to make a jumpshot and a three-pointer, powering a 7-0 run by herself. With 30 seconds left, Klep hit a three to bring the score to 47-39, Meadowdale, and that ended up being the final score. The Lady Mavs held on to win, 47-39.
With the win, the Lady Mavs improve to 4-8 overall (2-3 in conference). They play at Everett on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. With the loss, the Tomahawks fall to 5-5 (2-1 in conference) and play at Stanwood on Monday at 7:15.
Meadowdale scoring: Madison Allen 2; Jaclyn Barhoum 2; Hailey Costello 3; Kearstin Franco 4; Angela Birchman 4; Ciarra Hart 6; Ndey Sonko 8; Mackenzie Bretz 18
Marysville-Pilchuck scoring: Binta Bojang 1; Jordan Bengen 3; Halie Romo 6; Amanda Klep 9; Charlee Pilon 10; Jenika Anglim 10