Jake Linton only had four open looks for three-point shots, but that was all he needed to score 20 points and lead Meadowdale to a 50-44 win over Edmonds-Woodway in a WesCo South...
LYNNWOOD Jake Linton only had four open looks for three-point shots, but that was all he needed to score 20 points and lead Meadowdale to a 50-44 win over Edmonds-Woodway in a WesCo South Division boys basketball game last night at Meadowdale High School.
Linton, a senior guard who did not miss from three-point range on his four attempts, said he didn’t hesitate to shoot when he had openings.
“I was feeling it,” Linton said, “but I can’t take all the credit because the guys on our team were setting great picks. They sacrificed themselves to get me open. It’s a team game.”
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Linton made three three-pointers and had 13 points in the first quarter to stake the Mavericks to a 20-10 lead, but Edmonds-Woodway came back to take a 34-30 lead in the third quarter.
Meadowdale responded by scoring 11 straight points, a run that included Linton’s fourth three-pointer, to put the game away.
Linton admitted he was surprised with how open he was in the first quarter.
“All week we practiced box-and-one (defense) because that’s what we thought they would do,” Linton said. “Even when they did, when they tried to deny me the ball fully, we adjusted and that opened everything up for everyone else.”
Meadowdale (2-1 overall, 1-1 WesCo South), made 13 of its 18 free-throw attempts, including seven straight in the fourth quarter to hold off its Edmonds School District rival.
“We have such great guards and such great free-throw shooters we love to be in that position of being ahead late in the game,” Meadowdale coach Chad McGuire said. “We weathered their run and were able to counter it with one of our own.”
Mackenzie Thoms had 17 points for Edmonds-Woodway (1-2, 1-1).
Linton felt the difference in the game was defense. “We just had more passion after coming off a tough loss to Everett,” Linton said of a 62-58 loss on Tuesday. “We worked on defense hard in practice, and it showed.”