Girls basketball: Defense lifts Lynnwood past Edmonds-Woodway in district semifinal game
The Edmonds-Woodway girls basketball team may have come out on the losing end of a 4A District 1 semifinal game against Lynnwood, but the Warriors likely gained some confidence.
Mikayla Pivec scored a game-high 15 points to help lead the Royals to a 43-26 victory Friday night at Mountlake Terrace High School.
Edmonds-Woodway’s defense, however, held top-ranked Lynnwood to a season-low in points. The Warriors led 11-4 at one point in the first quarter and went into the second period with a 12-10 lead.
“Our defense did an exceptional job,” said Edmonds-Woodway coach Rebekah Wells. “It’s something that we’ve been working with them on all season. We’re just trying to get that defensive intensity flying around.”
The Warriors also were making their shots in the first quarter, but then they started misfiring. Lynnwood outscored Edmonds-Woodway 17-3 in the second quarter and then 10-0 in the third quarter.
“In the second and third quarters, we weren’t able to get our shots to fall,” Wells said. “They are a great team. They have all the fundamentals. They do an exceptional job. We have to get our shots to fall to be able to keep up with them.”
A combination of factors contributed to the offensive drought. Edmonds-Woodway (14-8) had some turnovers and may have rushed some shots.
“They have a good defense,” Wells said. “I think that we did well against them. We just didn’t attack (the basket) as much as we could have in the second and third quarters.”
Instead of trying to draw more fouls and get to the foul line, the Warriors stayed more on the outside, Wells said.
Edmonds-Woodway’s Moni Jackson scored 13 points and teammate Mady Burdett added 9 points. Junior guard Natalie Kasper, who averages 10.6 points per game, did not play. Kasper is recovering from a bout of pneumonia. Wells is hoping to have her back for Tuesday’s game against Snohomish.
Lynnwood coach Everett Edwards wasn’t quite sure why the Royals (21-1) weren’t making their shots early on. Friday night’s game was only the second time this season that Lynnwood trailed after the first quarter.
“We didn’t play very well at the start of the game,” Edwards said. “Honestly, I felt like we were a little bit tight. … We looked at little tentative shooting the 3. It seemed like we weren’t very confident shooting the ball. That’s a little bit of a surprise. We’ve been putting in a little work in that.”
Edwards also credited the Edmonds-Woodway defense, which he said took the Royals out of some of things that they wanted to do on offense.
The Royals didn’t have many fast break points, which they are known for, Wells said. “They do that all over people. We worked on that.”
Edmonds-Woodway plays Snohomish in a loser-out game at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18. Lynnwood advances to the district title against Arlington at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21.
The Warriors don’t need to do much retooling other than working on being more consistent with their shots, Wells said. The players should feel encouraged by their performance.
“We can compete with teams of that caliber,” Wells said. “They’re more hyped to play the next game based on how well they did today.”
By David Pan
Story and photos by David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor