The Royals (23-2) earned the right to face top-ranked Bellevue (26-3) in a Friday semifinal game at 5:30 p.m. West Seattle heads to a 10:30 a.m. Thursday consolation game against Praire, which lost 51-39 to Bellevue.
TACOMA — Second-ranked Lynnwood used stifling defensive pressure to roll to a 60-36 win over West Seattle in a Class 3A girls basketball quarterfinal game on Thursday afternoon.
The Royals (23-2) earned the right to face top-ranked Bellevue (25-3) in a Friday semifinal game at 5:30 p.m. West Seattle heads to a 10:30 a.m. Thursday consolation game against Prairie, which lost 51-39 to Bellevue.
Jordyn Edwards filled the stat sheet with 18 points and six steals and helped the Royals force 23 turnovers, including 10 in the first quarter, to make seventh-ranked West Seattle look pedestrian.
“My attack mode is always on the defensive end, and I always try to get deflections or steals when I can,” said Edwards. “I kind of get my offense from my defense, so that’s what I tried to do. We just keep being more aggressive, and I know it gets me hyped up.”
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If Lynnwood, which was a school-best third in 4A last season, plays the aggressor like it did in the opener, it would stand a good chance of coming out on top.
The Royals got to work after going down 4-0 in the first quarter, using a full-court press to key a 12-0 run and take control. West Seattle got within 18-13 on a three-pointer by Izzy Turk, but Lynnwood closed the half on an 11-4 surge.
“It’s just keep going and do your best, because this opportunity is special and (we need) to take advantage of it,” said Lynnwood junior Mikayla Pivec, who registered 11 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and four assists. “If the other team doesn’t score, it helps us win.”
West Seattle (22-5) never got comfortable in its first trip to the Tacoma Dome.
“We played scared, and I don’t know why,” West Seattle coach Sonya Elliott said. “This (the Tacoma Dome) is a big place, and Lynnwood had been here before.”
“We practice with guys sometimes to get us used to that (kind of pressure), and today we just weren’t quite on,” said West Seattle senior wing Charli Elliott. “Kudos to them, because they have a really good press. They are a well-disciplined team, and we got a little bit lazy with our passes and they have good hands.
“They were crashing down on Lydia (Giomi). We just weren’t playing together.”
The 6-foot-6 Giomi finished with five points, 10 below her average, and had eight rebounds. Elliott led West Seattle with 11 points, eight rebounds and four steals.