Meadowdale couldn’t get out of the gate against Shorecrest and it cost the Mavericks dearly.
The Scots jumped to a 20-4 first quarter lead and never looked back in a dominating 62-30 victory over Meadowdale in a Wesco 3A South game Wednesday night at Shorecrest High School.
The Mavericks regained their footing in the second quarter, scoring 17 points but saw the 16-point first quarter deficit increase to 19 points as the Scots went into halftime ahead 40-21.
“We didn’t execute our zone offense correctly until later in the game,” said Meadowdale coach Marcus Merrifield. “When we did have shots, we missed them and so they get a 20-point lead in the first half because we missed shots and we didn’t get back in transition, all things that we prepared for. But we were half a step behind.”
Junior forward Keeley Hayes, who scored a team-high 11 points, spearheaded the Mavericks’ offense in the second quarter.
“She was a great spark,” Merrifield said. “That made it a ball game for us. I was really proud of her because she’s a kid who shoots the ball real well. She just hasn’t in a game for a while. From that perspective, it was really exciting to see her get it going.”
Meadowdale’s shot woes returned in the third quarter as the Mavericks (1-3 in the league, 3-8 overall) were again held to four points. Merrifield said that Meadowdale had some good looks at the basket but the shots frustratingly did not fall. He counted four lay-ins that were missed.
“I think we got down on ourselves and missed some shots that we should have made,” Merrifield said. “We made great plays and we didn’t finish.”
The physical play of the Scots (3-1, 8-3) also was a problem.
“That was a physical game. I thought we let it bother us,” Merrifield said. “What we can do is understand each game has a different complexion and we have to make the adjustments. I don’t think we made that adjustment tonight. It became kind of a physical-go-at-you, who-wants-the-ball game.”
Shorecrest freshman Keyonna Jones scored 16 points. Senior Onyie Chibuogwu scored 13 points and freshman Jalyn Hizey had 11 points.
“That’s a good team,” Merrifield said of Shorecrest. “Every team in the South is good and so it’s really about being prepared for every game. Bottom line is we didn’t put the ball in the hoop and when you don’t put the ball in the hoop, you struggle. Everything seems like it’s harder than it is when the ball doesn’t go through the hoop.
— By David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor