West Seattle looked raring to go in their first state-tournament game in school history, scoring two field goals in the first 33 seconds.
And then Lynnwood guard Jordyn Edwards began terrorizing any and every ball-handler who ventured her way.
Suddenly, the top-ranked Royals woke up for 12 consecutive points, and cruised to a 60-36 3A quarterfinal victory over the No. 2 Wildcats in Tacoma Dome.
Edwards, a 5-foot-10 junior, swiped errant passes by new starting point guard Lexi Ioane, or picked her clean. Ioane is normally a shooting guard, but shifted over to that position three weeks ago after Gabby Sarver (knee) was lost for the season.
“My attack mode is always on the defensive end,” Edwards said. “I always try and get deflections or steals whenever I can, and I get my offense from my defense.”
West Seattle committed 17 turnovers in the first half – and made just one field goal in a 91/2-minute span after its first-minute baskets by Charli Elliott.
And it was Edwards’ straightaway 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds remaining that gave the Royals a 29-17 halftime lead. She finished with a game-high 18 points and six steals. Mikayla Pivec added 11 points, 10 rebounds and six steals as well.
Lynnwood will play Bellevue in the 3A semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Both were in the state semifinals a year ago – the Royals in 4A, and Bellevue in 3A.