Lynnwood came away with a 58-33 victory over Glacier Peak and handed the Grizzlies their first defeat in a contest that puts the Royals in the drivers seat for Wesco 3A South.
Lynnwood (11-0, 4-0) had been in a deadlock for Wesco 3A South’s top spot with Glacier Peak (12-1, 4-1) after the Royals stifled Edmonds-Woodway Fri. 80-47.
Second half intensity
Head coach Everett Edwards says Lynnwood is a second half team. That was true tonight, as the Royals only allowed 10 points after the half.
Top ranked Lynnwood led No. 2 Glacier Peak just 26-23 at the half, but kept up its intensity with an 11-0 run in the third quarter, and a 16-3 run in the fourth quarter to pull out of Glacier Peak’s reach.
“[Edwards] said, keep the pressure on, and we’ll wear them down eventually, and that’s what happened,” said Lynnwood wing Mikayla Pivec.
Wing Jordyn Edwards and Pivec led the effort. Jordyn, who is coach Edwards’ daughter, had 17 points, four steals, and six rebounds. Pivec added 15 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists.
“We love the fact that she’s able to score, and she’s a great passer, but her defense is just tenacious and sets the tone for our team,” said Coach Edwards of Pivec.
Post Kelsey Rogers added 11 points and five rebounds.
A big part of Lynnwood’s offensive onslaught was airtight defense, which kept Glacier Peak’s top scorers Sadie Mensing and Paisley Johnson to under ten points each and gave the Royals fast breaks for easy layups.
At the half, Lynnwood changed up its defense, switching between zone and man-to-man to keep Glacier Peak on its toes.
“They started out very aggressive towards us, but our conditioning kicked in the second half and it seemed like we were the fresher, quicker team on defense,” Edwards said. “We caught them standing around on the offensive end, and we were able to take advantage of that.”
What others are saying
— Not 6’5 (@Royalmodou_31) January 15, 2015
Lynnwood girls put the rest of the 3A girls teams in WA on notice tonight in the 2nd half…running away to a 25pt win over #2 GP 58-33
— Scott Williams (@SWilliamsPhotos) January 15, 2015
The Lynnwood student section is wild! pic.twitter.com/GQGHF50oWE
— Fox Sports 1380 KRKO (@KRKO1380) January 15, 2015