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Saturday, January 4, 2003 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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WesCo roundup: Strieby offense, Terrace defense beat Lynnwood

Special to The Seattle Times

LYNNWOOD — Mountlake Terrace's Ryan Strieby had something to prove last night, and it came at the expense of the Lynnwood Royals.

Strieby, a 6-foot-6 senior center, scored 20 points to lead Mountlake Terrace to a 59-43 victory over Lynnwood in a WesCo 4A boys basketball game.

"Ryan's ego has really taken a beating because they're talking about a lot of other posts in the league," Mountlake Terrace Coach Nalin Sood said. "Not too many people know who Ryan Strieby is or what kind of player he is. Ryan's attitude is 'I'll go out and prove it to them on Tuesdays and Thursdays.' "

Strieby, who was 8 of 17 from the field, showed he can not only score inside but outside as well. He knocked down a pair of three-pointers, including one with 5:18 left in the third quarter that gave the Hawks (4-1 WesCo South Division, 6-1 overall) a 43-29 lead.

Last night was just one of several good games for Strieby, who came into the contest with a 15.3 scoring average.

"I'd say I kind of have a chip on my shoulder," Strieby said.

Mountlake Terrace point guard Luke Hammond also had an impressive performance, scoring 18 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the field. The 5-10 point guard was also 4 of 4 from three-point range.

But the story again for the Hawks was their defense, which held the Royals to 43 points, including just seven in the fourth quarter. Mountlake Terrace is holding opponents to an average of 49.1 points per game this season.

"That's been our theme all year," Sood said. "We've played good defense every game this year."

An 11-0 run in the first quarter gave the Hawks an 18-8 lead. Mountlake Terrace led 35-22 at halftime, and even when the Hawks struggled while shooting in the second half, their defense remained the same.

"In the second half it wasn't going good," Sood said. "Our guys count on our defense, and they believe in our defense."

Lynnwood (3-2, 3-4) was led by 6-4 senior forward Drew Matzen, who had a dunk early in the first quarter and finished with a team-high 16 points.

Lynnwood, with two of its four losses to state powers Mercer Island and Seattle Prep, appears to be much improved compared to recent seasons.

"Lynnwood's program has gotten better," Sood said. "This game had a lot more magnitude than it did in the past, and our guys realized that."

Other games

Mount Vernon 62, at Cascade 40 — Shane Gibbons helped the Bulldogs get off to a fast start by scoring seven of his game-high 16 points in the first quarter as Mount Vernon (4-0, 4-4) stayed unbeaten in the North Division. The Bulldogs led 18-11 after one quarter, 33-19 at halftime and 48-25 after three quarters. Chris Williams added 15 for Mount Vernon. Three players scored eight each for the Bruins (0-3, 0-7).

Lake Stevens 56, at Monroe 54 — Chris Daniel's layup with 10 seconds remaining snapped a tie and gave the Vikings (2-1, 3-4) a North Division triumph over the Bearcats (0-4, 1-6). Daniel finished with 18 points and Matt Stevens scored 17 for Lake Stevens. Josh Waite had 14 points and Eric Hammerquist 13 for Monroe.

At Oak Harbor 63, Marysville-Pilchuck 61 — Austin Fulgham blocked a three-point attempt by a Marysville-Pilchuck player as the Wildcats (1-3, 1-7) won a North Division thriller for their first victory of the season. Jeremy Brown and Fulgham each hit a free throw in the final 30 seconds to put Oak Harbor ahead by two. Jake White led the Wildcats with 24 points, Brown scored 13 and Fulgham 12 for Oak Harbor. Nicholas Harris scored 23 points and Christopher Gill 13 for the Tomahawks (2-3, 3-5).

At Jackson 53, Everett 51 — Chris Keller scored nine of Jackson's 11 fourth-quarter points, including a driving layup with 8 seconds remaining that put the Timberwolves ahead for good in a South Division game. Pat Mattson's three-pointer had put Everett (3-2, 4-2) ahead 51-50, but Jackson (2-2, 4-2) responded with the go-ahead basket. Corey Hall rebounded a Keller miss and kicked the ball back to Keller for the winning shot. Adam Moore of Everett scored 20 points. Keller had 24 points and Mike Apodaca 12, and Johnie Kirton grabbed nine rebounds in only 12 minutes of play for Jackson.

At Mariner 49, Shorecrest 42 — Eric Hall, a 6-4 senior center, had 13 points and seven rebounds to help the Marauders (3-1, 5-1) to a South Division victory. Graham Morrisey scored 18 points and Tyson Cook 14 for the Scots (2-3, 2-5).

At Shorewood 55, Kamiak 46 — Sophomore Sean Tracy scored 10 of his 18 points in the third quarter, when the Thunderbirds took control of the South Division game. Tracy hit 8 of 15 shots from the field and had seven rebounds. Rob Diederichs also scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds for Shorewood (2-2, 4-2). Tyler Martinez scored 13 and Aaron Rosenberger 12 for Kamiak (1-3, 2-4).

At Meadowdale 51, Edmonds-Woodway 45 — Meadowdale outscored Edmonds-Woodway 12-1 at the free-throw line in the second half as the Mavericks (2-3, 4-3) rallied for a South Division win. Meadowdale hit 10 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter while the Warriors (1-3, 3-3) were 0 for 3. Colin Matteson of Meadowdale led all scorers with 13 points.

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