Senior point guard Mackenzie Flynn makes everything click for the 10th-ranked Redmond High School girls basketball team. Everything starts with Flynn. And, last night, everything...
KIRKLAND Senior point guard Mackenzie Flynn makes everything click for the 10th-ranked Redmond High School girls basketball team.
Everything starts with Flynn.
And, last night, everything seemingly finished with junior forward Erika Edwards.
Edwards fell one point short of the Mustangs’ school record with a career-high 34 points and Flynn missed her school mark for assists by one, with 13, as Redmond beat Lake Washington 73-61 last night in a KingCo 4A Conference opener at Lake Washington.
“Our passes were just amazing tonight,” said the versatile, 6-foot-1 Edwards, who shot 13 of 21 from the floor, including 5 of 9 from three-point land, and grabbed 10 rebounds. “If I was open, Mackenzie or someone else saw me and hit me. She helps me all the time.”
Redmond (3-2 overall, 1-0 East Division) bounced back after last Saturday’s 68-65 loss to Monroe in the Les Schwab Classic. Lake Washington (3-2, 0-1 East Division) lost for the second game in a row after opening the season with three victories.
The school scoring record nearly fell even though Edwards had no idea she was close to it.
“It’s like someone pitching a no-hitter,” Redmond coach Pat Bangasser said. “I wasn’t going to tell her.”
Edwards scored from all over the floor, but primarily on baseline jumpers. The school record of 35 points was set by Kim Campbell on Dec. 14, 1999 and equaled by Emily Ashbaugh on Feb. 11, 2000.
“I had some good shooting during warmups, so I just let it go in the game,” said Edwards. “No matter where you are, Mackenzie knows where you are.”
It was far from a one-player show for the Mustangs. Flynn, who has committed to Idaho, provided 15 points, six rebounds and six steals in addition to her 13 assists.
“Mackenzie sees the floor as well as any high-school point guard I’ve ever seen, and she can deliver,” Bangasser said.
Redmond led by as many as 20 points at 54-34 late in the third quarter, but the Kangaroos kept the Mustangs hopping to the finish. LW cut the Redmond lead to 58-47 on Megan Ferguson’s three-pointer with 6:12 left in the game, but the ‘Stangs stretched the lead back to 71-55 in less than four minutes.
“Lake Washington wouldn’t give up,” Bangasser said. “It was like a track meet. I told the girls it would be like that and tried to condition them for something like this. (First-year) coach (Marisa) Craine should be proud of how they fought.”
Ferguson and Megan Sanders, both juniors, led the Kangs with 11 points each and sophomore Claire Fox added 10.