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Meadowdale strings together six straight wins | Girls basketball


Last updated 1/17/2019 at Noon

Meadowdale started out the new year just as it ended 2018 – on roll.

The Mavericks extended their 3-game winning streak to 6 games with victories over Everett (50-44), Oak Harbor (47-25) and Marysville-Pilchuck (74-39) in Wesco 3A girls basketball action.

The string of wins was snapped by Stanwood, which defeated Meadowdale 61-48 Friday, Jan. 11, at Stanwood High School.

Junior Lilly Williams said the recent success has boosted the Mavericks as they head into the final four weeks of the regular season.

‘We had a nice 6-game win streak, which gave us a lot of confidence and momentum to finish off the second half of the season,” she said. “We were playing with a lot of energy and playing real well together and looking to get everyone the ball. Whoever is hot, we’re getting them the ball and playing as a team.”

Williams definitely had the hot hands in the victory over the Tomahawks Thursday, Jan. 10, at Meadowdale High School as she scored a season-high 30 points and also set a school record with 8 3-point shots. Williams knew early on that the shots were going to fall. She made 3 3-pointers in the first quarter to help the Mavericks jump out to a 19-8 lead.

“From there it went well,” Williams said. “Ending the half with five, I knew I had a chance to break the record. At halftime, we were walking back to the locker room and we looked at the record board and my team got just as hyped as I was for it. They were really looking to feed me the ball that third quarter.”

Meadowdale led 42-20 at halftime and extended its advantage to 62-32 by the end of the third quarter.

Sophomore Kaisha Stark scored 13 points to lead a mammoth Mavericks’ comeback against Everett on Friday, Jan. 4, at Meadowdale High School. The Seagulls took a 26-12 halftime lead before the Mavericks came storming back. Everett saw a 35-24 advantage wiped away in the fourth quarter when Meadowdale outscored the Wildcats 26-9.

The loss to the Spartans came partly as a result of early foul trouble for the Mavericks, which had four starters with two fouls after the first quarter. Stanwood extended an 11-5 first quarter advantage to 26-15 at halftime.

“They were just very aggressive,” Williams said. “We struggled.”

Williams scored 17 points and Alicia Morrison added 11 to lead the Mavericks (4-4 in the league, 9-5 overall) to a 63-35 victory over Cedarcrest Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Meadowdale High School. The victory means Meaowdale has already matched the nine total wins the team recorded last season. The Mavericks have six more league games remaining.

Meadowdale takes on arch rival Edmonds-Woodway at 7:15 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

The top six teams earn district playoff berths, while teams seven through 10 will face off in play-in contests.

“We need to work that much harder in practice and every time we step into the gym,” Williams said. “We have to push each other to be better.”


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