After graduating five seniors from last year's Class 3A state-championship squad, Meadowdale needs significant help from underclassmen to get back in the playoffs, especially now...

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LYNNWOOD — After graduating five seniors from last year’s Class 3A state-championship squad, Meadowdale needs significant help from underclassmen to get back in the playoffs, especially now that the Mavericks are playing up a classification.

Last night, the youngsters delivered.

Sophomore Marelle Moehrle scored a career-high 24 points, including four three-pointers, as Meadowdale wore down a talented but even more inexperienced Jackson team, 61-47 in a WesCo South Division matchup of previously unbeaten teams.

“I’ve just been working hard and trying to bust my butt to be the best I can, but I can only get those shots because my teammates are setting screens and getting me open,” said Moehrle, who also had eight steals, six rebounds and three assists.

“I definitely want to look to lead and help out the team in that way,” said Moehrle, one of only two Mavericks returners with significant varsity experience.

Meadowdale junior Caitlyn Rohrbach, a 6-foot forward who missed last season with a torn left Achilles tendon, scored 16. She had 10 during a five-minute stretch in the second half when Meadowdale (3-0 overall and league) expanded a five-point lead to an insurmountable 16.

Sam McCracken scored 11 to lead the Timberwolves (3-1 overall, 2-1 league). Freshmen Kristi Kingma, who had been averaging 17.3 points, was shut down until she hit two free throws with 1:22 left in the third quarter. She scored six points.

Jackson is relying heavily on three freshman guards — Kingma, Ashley Todd and Ashly Bruns. They showed flashes of talent, combining for 21 points and several nice assists, but struggled against Meadowdale’s trademark full-court pressure. The Timberwolves had 26 turnovers.

“They have a few freshman kinks they’re going to work through,” said Jackson coach Jeannie Thompson. “But overall they show a lot of maturity. They have a lot of offensive and defensive skills and they’re going to keep growing and surprise a lot of people in the league this year.”

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Other games

At Kamiak 48, Edmonds-Woodway 30

Kamiak made up for a chilly start with a blistering finish in a WesCo South win. The Knights (2-0, 2-0) trailed 12-2 after one quarter and 29-27 after three. But they finished the game on a 21-1 run. Lauren McKnight and Ashley Vick each scored 15 for Kamiak. Jessica Takara of E-W (0-3, 0-3) scored 19.

Everett 50, at Mariner 35

The Seagulls (2-1, 1-1) grabbed a 12-3 lead after one quarter and were in command the rest of the way in a South Division win over the Marauders (0-4, 0-3). Becca Crossen and Elaina Olson of Everett each had 13 points.

At Shorewood 45, Lynnwood 37

Brittany Eskridge, a sophomore center, had 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks in a WesCo South win by the Thunderbirds (2-1, 2-1). Daylene Wilkie of the Royals (0-4, 0-3) scored 13.

At Mountlake Terrace 56, Shorecrest 47

Sophomore center Tatiana Heck piled up 27 points and 11 rebounds and the Hawks (4-0, 3-0 WesCo South) rallied from a 14-5 first-quarter deficit to beat the Scots (1-3, 1-2). Kat Binder led Shorecrest with 12 points.

At Monroe 56, Marysville-Pilchuck 47

The fifth-ranked Bearcats (6-0, 3-0 WesCo North) trailed 38-30 at halftime, then held the Tomahawks to nine points in the second half. Monroe’s 5-11 sophomore, Chelsea Drivstuen, had 20 points, 13 rebounds and four steals. Nancy Couls scored 15 and Amanda Dunbar 14 for M-P (1-5, 1-2).

Snohomish 70, at Oak Harbor 26

Oak Harbor imploded with 23 first-half turnovers, helping No. 7 Snohomish take a 40-13 halftime lead. Daesha Henderson had 18 points and Tara Angell 15 for the Panthers (4-1, 3-0 WesCo North). Heidi McNeill scored 13 for Oak Harbor.

Arlington 60, at Stanwood 45

Stanwood raced to a 17-10 first-quarter lead, then ran into foul trouble as Arlington recovered for a WesCo North victory. Randi Richardson had 18 points and Jasmine McCormack 17 for Arlington (3-1, 1-1). Rachele Kloke scored 20 for Stanwood (1-4, 0-3).

Lake Stevens 62, at Mount Vernon 32

The Vikings (4-2, 3-0) stayed unbeaten in the North and kept the Bulldogs (0-4, 0-3) winless.