Lynnwood rebounded from a difficult semifinal loss to Gonzaga Prep, holding Moses Lake without a field goal in the fourth quarter in a 48-38 win over the Chiefs in the girls Class 4A third/fifth place consolation game Saturday morning at the Tacoma Dome.
The third place finish at state is the best in school history for Lynwood (25-2).
The Royals kept Moses Lake’s one-two punch of Jessie Loera and McKenna Walker in check, holding the duo to 22 points on 6-for-20 shooting from the field.
“It was a situation where we tried to take them away and make other players beat us,” Lynnwood coach Everett Edwards said. “It almost seemed like that rattled them a little bit.”
Lynnwood led 37-34 after three quarters, and led by as many as 10 points with 2 minutes, 27 seconds left.
Sophomore Mikayla Pivec shot poorly from the field (2-for-14) but was solid from the free throw line (11-for-15) on her way to scoring 15 points and grabbing 19 rebounds for the Royals.
Senior Jasmin Edwards, the coach’s daughter, bounced back from a tough first half (one field goal) to finish with 18 points and four assists.
“To be able to have a struggle in the first half and (then) be able to come together in the second half,” Edwards said, “… we made a few adjustments defensively and we played good team basketball.”
Both teams started slow as Lynnwood shot 20 percent from the field (5 of 25) and Moses Lake shot 28 percent (7 of 25) in the first half.
Moses Lake (21-6) shot 25 percent (11 of 44) from the field for the game.