DES MOINES – It had all the feel of a playoff game, even if it lacked the same impact.
So the top-ranked Lynnwood girls basketball team took a measure of satisfaction from the 57-54 double-overtime victory over No. 2 Mount Rainier on Saturday in the Muscle Milk Preview at Highline Community College.
“It definitely means a lot,” said senior guard Jasmin Edwards, who scored a game-high 19 points. “It’s a great feeling.”
Especially compared to the way the Royals felt after a previous double-OT game, a loss to Kentwood in last season’s regional playoffs.
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“This just gives us that much more confidence,” coach Everett Edwards said as his team improved to 5-0.
And it didn’t do much to shake Mount Rainier’s confidence as the Rams (5-1) battled from seven points down late in regulation.
“It’s disappointing to lose,” senior guard Jordan McPhee said, “but it just makes us want to work harder. We hope to see them further down the road when it really counts.”
Twin Brittany McPhee, who finished with a team-high 18 points and 20 rebounds, called it a learning experience.
“I think we got too flustered,” she said.
After Jordan McPhee drained a three-pointer to give the Rams a 43-42 lead with 22 seconds left in regulation, Monty Cooper answered with a three to put Lynnwood back in front with 12 ticks on the clock.
Then Brittany McPhee, the two-time Gatorade Player of the Year who has committed to Stanford, forced overtime with a driving basket just before the buzzer.
When Lynnwood led 50-47 in the first OT, Emily Fiso tied it with a three with 14 seconds left.
The game-winner proved to come on another three-pointer, this one by Jordan Edwards with 2:34 to go in the second overtime — her only basket of the game — that gave Lynnwood a 55-52 advantage. Fiso hit from inside to cut it to 55-54 with 2:25 on the clock, giving her 15 for the game, but the Rams failed to score the rest of the way. Lynnwood tacked on a late free throw by Mikayla Pivec, who finished with 12 points and 16 boards.