Turnovers turned a battle of WesCo South Division unbeatens into a blowout. Meadowdale used its never-stop pressure defense to force 28 Mountlake Terrace turnovers on the way to...
LYNNWOOD Turnovers turned a battle of WesCo South Division unbeatens into a blowout.
Meadowdale used its never-stop pressure defense to force 28 Mountlake Terrace turnovers on the way to an easy 63-39 win in a girls basketball game last night at Meadowdale High School.
Meadowdale, last year’s Class 3A state champions now playing in 4A, had four players in double figures in a victory that improves the Mavericks to 4-0 both overall and in WesCo South.
Marelle Moehrle led the way with 14 points. Eryn Jones had 11 and Caitlyn Rohrbach and Cambria Smith added 10 each as the Mavericks from Lynnwood used their defense to create offense.
“We tried to put a lot of pressure on the perimeter because we knew they were good inside,” Meadowdale coach Karen Blair said. “We tried to put ball pressure out front, and from that we were able to create turnovers and offense.”
Mountlake Terrace (4-1 overall, 3-1 WesCo South) fell behind 6-0 in the first three minutes and trailed 18-8 by the end of the first quarter. It was 22-8 a minute into the second quarter, and the Hawks were never able to hang on to the ball long enough to make a serious run the rest of the way.
Despite those struggles, Mountlake Terrace coach Deidra Ducheane thought the game was a good experience for her team.
“Meadowdale has an aura around them, and we weren’t able to get through that,” Ducheane said. “Ultimately, we panicked. I think we now realize that we can do it. We just need to be able to run plays down to the post because I don’t think we can be stopped down there. We just had to execute.”
Mountlake Terrace was nearly unstoppable when it was able to get the ball inside, with 6-foot Tatiana Heck scoring 16 points and 5-10 L’Tisha Smith adding 14.
“We just didn’t run a smooth offense and couldn’t hold on to the ball, and that really hurt us,” Ducheane said. “We were so concerned about breaking the press we forget about running our offense. The team that makes the most mistakes usually comes out on the losing end, and that’s what happened tonight.”
Point guard Ashley Fenimore led the Meadowdale defensive charge, controlling the ball on the perimeter and adding nine points.
“I think she was really the big difference,” Blair said. “We’re a young team and we still have a lot of challenges ahead. We know we’re going to get everyone’s toughest game because of what we did last year.”
Everett 39, at Edmonds-Woodway 26
Erika Hornyak scored 14 as the Seagulls (3-1, 2-1) beat the Warriors (0-4, 0-4) in WesCo South. Lindsey Bordeaux led Edmonds-Woodway with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
At Jackson 65, Kamiak 64
Kristi Kingma hit a free throw with 3.3 seconds left as the Timberwolves (4-1, 3-1) edged the Knights (2-1, 2-1) in WesCo South. Sam McCracken had 32 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Jackson. Ashly Bruns was 2 for 2 in foul shots to tie the game for the Mill Creek school. Ashley Vick scored 27 to lead Kamiak.
Mariner 52, at Lynnwood 38
Erica Huffman’s 13 points led three scorers in double figures as the Marauders (1-4, 1-3) from South Everett earned their first win in WesCo South.
Daylene Wilkie scored a game-high 16 for Lynnwood (0-5, 0-4).
At Shorecrest 60, Shorewood 30
Kat Binder and Jocelyn Riordan each scored 13, and the Scots (2-3, 2-2) outscored the Thunderbirds (2-2, 2-2) 44-17 in the second and third quarters of a WesCo South game between two Shoreline schools.
At Snohomish 70, Cascade 22
Sydney Benson scored a game-high 18, 14 in the first half, as the No. 7 Panthers (5-1, 4-0) rolled past the Bruins (1-4, 0-3) for an easy WesCo North victory.
Daesha Henderson had 11 of her 13 in the first half, and Kristin Moore also scored 13 for Snohomish.
Lake Stevens 54, at Marysville-Pilchuck 46
Kristina Schumacher scored a game-high 17 to lead the Vikings (5-2, 4-0) to a WesCo North win. Sarah Gibler finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Tomahawks (1-6, 1-3).
Monroe 61, at Oak Harbor 49
The fifth-ranked Bearcats (7-0, 4-0) stayed with a big 21-8 advantage in the third quarter for a WesCo North win. Kirsten Thompson scored 14 and Dani Drivstuen 13 for Monroe.
Oak Harbor’s Heidi McNeill led all scorers with 17 despite foul trouble that hurt her team in the decisive third period.
At Arlington 58, Mount Vernon 30
Jasmine McCormack and Randi Richardson each scored 19 points, as the Eagles (4-1, 2-1) won in WesCo North. McCormack had six rebounds, and Richardson added six assists, and the pair scored 28 of Arlington’s 34 first-half points.
Andrea Fine scored 11 to lead the Bulldogs (0-5, 0-4).