No. 2 Lynnwood girls run past Kentwood, 71-44

Staff writerMarch 6, 2014 

It’s not just the breakneck pace. It’s the precision passing with in it that will make the No.2 Lynnwood girls basketball team a tough out at the 4A state tournament.

In a rematch of a close regional game last season, won by the Kentood - this one wasn’t so suspenseful. Lynnwood made seven consecutive field goals midway through the first quarter to grab an early 13-point lead and went on to a 71-44 win over the SPSL North runner-up.

After missing seven of its first eight shots, Lynnwood picked up the pace – literally. It was especially beneficial for post players Kelsey Rogers (10 of her 14 points came in the first half) and Mikayla Pivec (game-high 19 points), who were able to get quick inside position in transition for easy baskets.

Pivec’s three-point play with 1:55 remaining in the first half put the Royals up, 33-14.

“We pride ourselves in playing team basketball on the offensive end, and we kind of felt that today,” Lynnwood coach Everett Edwards said. “We played very selfless today, shared the basketball and got a win against a good team.”

It was the Royals’ first 4A state victory – and first in any state playoffs since 1994.

The only real early highlight for the Conquerors (20-7) was the halfcourt shot Sarah Toeaina hit at the first-quarter horn to cut it to 19-9. The Hawaii signee finished with 14 points.

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