High School Sports
WesCo South boys roundup: Meadowdale breaks Kamiak in third, 64-53
Seattle Times staff reporter
LYNNWOOD — The third quarter was good for Meadowdale last night. It proved lethal for Kamiak.
The Mavericks made five three-pointers in the third to break open a close game and send Kamiak home with a 64-53 defeat.
Sophomore guard Jake Linton launched a three-pointer with five seconds remaining in the pivotal third. His shot banked in off the backboard, giving Meadowdale (11-4 WesCo South, 13-4) a nine-point lead.
Linton, who entered the game averaging 9.4 points, finished with 4-of-6 shooting from three-point range and was 6 of 9 from the field. He scored a game-high 18 points.
"When we execute well, we're pretty good offensively," Meadowdale Coach Chad McGuire said. "It started by going inside first and Tyler (Milam) finding a couple buckets inside. That opened things up, and we have such good shooters that have the ability to take a game with a three-point lead to a nine-point lead or a 12-point lead pretty quick."
The contest had little meaning for Meadowdale, which earned a berth in the Northwest District 3A playoffs on Feb. 4 despite having its 10-game winning streak snapped in a 55-37 loss at Edmonds-Woodway. More than anything, the Mavericks used the game against Kamiak (4-10, 5-11) to get their confidence back.
"Obviously, we want to get some momentum going into the playoffs," said McGuire, whose team has three regular-season games left. "Edmonds-Woodway got us pretty good, and you're always worried about how you'll respond to that, just because of the shock value of losing."
Neither the Mavericks nor Kamiak gained an edge in the opening half, each keeping the other from scoring for lengthy stretches.
The Knights took a 25-23 lead into the locker room at halftime, despite Linton's 10 first-half points. They extended that lead during the opening minutes of the second half. But the Mavericks' shooters started finding the net, and Kamiak lost its touch. Meadowdale ended the third with an 11-1 run and outscored the Knights 21-10 for the quarter.
The visitors chipped away at the Mavericks' lead in the fourth quarter, closing the margin to as little as three, but the Knights couldn't climb back. It was Kamiak's third loss in a row and its second of the year to Meadowdale.
At Edmonds-Woodway 62, Everett 51 — Josh Waite hit 10 of 12 foul shots, and the Warriors (7-7, 9-7) made 15 of 22 in the final quarter to win their fourth straight. Edmonds-Woodway withstood 17 points in the fourth quarter by Brad Allison, who finished with a game-high 22 for the Seagulls (6-8, 8-8), who had their three-game win streak snapped. Allison hit three three-point shots in the fourth period. Adam Moore added 21 points, 13 of those coming in the first half. Waite and Kyle Trew scored 14 each, and Casey Tyler added 13 for Edmonds-Woodway.
At Mariner 51, Lynnwood 35 — Senior center Erik Hall made 9 of 11 field-goal attempts and scored 20 points as the Marauders (12-2, 14-2) won their fourth straight. Delvaughn Livingston-Tinned added 14 for Mariner. Drew Matzen scored a team-high 15 for the Royals (6-9, 6-11), who dropped their fourth straight.
Mountlake Terrace 66, at Jackson 55 (OT) — The Hawks (9-6, 11-6) took an early lead in overtime, then went 10 for 10 at the free-throw line in the final minutes. It was enough to keep the Timberwolves (6-8, 8-8) at bay. Ryan Strieby, a 6-foot-6 senior center, led the Hawks with 21 points, including four in overtime. Sean Gearin finished with 17 for Terrace. Senior guard Chris Keller scored 16 to lead Jackson, including a steal and layup with one minute remaining in regulation that tied the score.