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.
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“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.