TACOMA – The sense of urgency finally sank in.
Trailing at halftime in the final game of the season, the Lynnwood girls basketball team got a reminder of what was at stake Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
“We made it clear at halftime that this was our last half together,” senior Jasmin Edwards said. “We all stepped up and did what we had to do.”
Edwards scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the second half to lead the top-ranked Royals to a third-place finish in the 4A state tournament with 48-38 victory over No. 9 Moses Lake.
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“Last game, senior year, I wanted to pull through and have a good game,” Edwards said. “I’m really proud, we actually made history for our school.”
Lynnwood (25-2), which had never finished better than sixth, bounced back from Friday’s disappointing semifinal loss to Gonzaga Prep. Edwards made sure of that.
“I could tell the way the game started she was going to bring the thunder today and lead her team to a third-place finish and I couldn’t be more proud,” said Everett Edwards, Lynnwood’s head coach and father of Jasmin and Jordyn Edwards, a sophomore starter.
Mikayla Pivec, another sophomore, was also key with 15 points, 19 rebounds and four blocked shots and the Royals got other key contributions, too. They trailed 34-28 midway through the third quarter, when junior Dani Hayes hit a three-pointer to start an 11-0 run.
Moses Lake (21-6), which let a late lead slip away against Mount Rainier in Friday’s other semifinal, didn’t make a field goal in the final 11½ minutes. Coach Matt Strophy said guard Jessie Loera, a promising sophomore, was suffering from either the flu or food poisoning, but she still contributed 10 points and seven rebounds.
Strophy was pleased with the fifth-place finish.
“If you would have told me at the start of the season we would finish fifth, I don’t think I would have believed you. But I think we proved we can play with anybody in the state.”
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