MOUNTLAKE TERRACE – Two decent quarters aren’t enough to beat the top-ranked Lynnwood High School girls basketball team.
Especially when the two in between are dreadful.
Edmonds-Woodway discovered that Friday night, scoring just three points in the second and third periods – total – as Lynnwood pulled away for a 43-26 victory in the semifinals of the Northwest 4A District tournament.
“Our shots just wouldn’t fall,” E-W coach Rebekah Wells said.
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The Royals (21-1), ranked No. 21 in the nation by USA Today, clinched a regional berth and advanced to next Friday’s district championship game, where they will meet No. 10 Arlington (19-3). Arlington beat Jackson in the other semifinal, 57-38.
Edmonds-Woodway (14-8) and Jackson (16-6) now both face elimination games Tuesday.
The Warriors had the Royals on their heels early, thanks to three consecutive three-pointers by Moni Jackson. The last of those gave the Warriors an 11-4 lead with 3:46 left in the opening quarter.
But the Royals amped up their defense and E-W went cold. The Warriors trailed 39-15 before they showed some life in the fourth.
The 43 points are a season low for Lynnwood, which owes its lone loss to Cleveland, ranked No. 1 in 3A.
“I’m very proud of my girls for their defense,” Wells said.
The Warriors, 0-3 against the Royals this season, were without Natalie Kasper, their second-leading scorer, who is recovering from pneumonia.
“We didn’t play good defense tonight,” Lynn-wood coach Everett Edwards said, “but thank goodness for our offense and our quickness. It’s not a pretty win, but we gutted it out.”
Arlington 57, Jackson 38: The Eagles peaked at the right time last season, advancing to the state-championship game, and appear to be hitting their stride again.
“We want to be playing our best basketball this time of the year, and we went out and did that tonight,” coach Joe Marsh said.
Sophomore Jayla Russ scored 22 points, while junior Jessica Ludwig added 14.
Sierra Anderson finished with 16 points for the Timberwolves.
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