Prep girls basketball: Beamer 55, Lynnwood 43
No. 1 Lynnwood perfect no more as Beamer rolls to victory, plus additional coverage from the King Showcase at the ShoWare Center.
Seattle Times staff reporter
KENT — Bria Rice considers it a defining moment in Beamer’s basketball season.
A moment that could ultimately work in Lynnwood’s favor, too.
The Titans, ranked No. 4 among Class 4A girls, used a big second half to hand the cold-shooting Royals their first loss of the season, 55-43, in the King Showcase Monday at the ShoWare Center in Kent.
Lynnwood, the top-ranked team in 3A, hadn’t played a game closer than 17 points and dominated the boards early to take a 26-19 halftime lead.
But then Beamer of Federal Way came of age, according to Rice, who scored 10 of her 16 points in the second half and added nine rebounds and four steals.
“I feel like we finally grew up,” the junior guard said. “Because, you know, we’re a young team, so I think this was our time to grow up and play smart, and that’s what we did.”
Lynnwood (12-1) still led 29-23 with just over six minutes left in the third quarter when the lid went on the basket. The Royals missed 19 consecutive field-goal tries as Beamer (13-1) exploded on a 17-1 run to open a 40-30 lead.
Lynnwood warmed up enough to close to 40-37 with 3:10 to go, but the Titans got a couple of big buckets from Nia Alexander, who sat most of the second quarter with three fouls, and sealed the victory by nailing 10 of 12 free throws in the final 1:38.
That 18-4 third quarter was crucial in more ways than one, according to Lynnwood coach Everett Edwards.
“That got their confidence going and it had seeds of doubt going into our mind,” he said.
Lynnwood hadn’t lost since the semifinals of last year’s 4A state tournament, when they fell to eventual-champion Gonzaga Prep by five points. The team went undefeated in summer play. Facing adversity could pay dividends in the playoffs, according to Edwards.
“Losing a game of this nature against a good opponent in a venue such as this could be the best thing that could have happened to us,” he said. “We hope to draw on this experience later on.”
Mikayla Pivec led the Royals with 16 points and 15 rebounds, but made only 4 of 22 field goals. Kelsey Rogers and Monty Cooper chipped in 11 apiece.
Beamer got 14 from Quinessa CaylaoDo, followed by Makenna Woodford (11) and Alexander (10).
Mark Morris 76, White River 45
The Eaton twins outscored the Hornets by themselves, combining for 48 points in a game between highly ranked 2A teams. Karley Eaton put together 25 points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals, while Kourtney contributed 23 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
The top-ranked Monarchs from Longview(12-2), who have not lost to an in-state team, drained 11 of 27 three-pointers (Kourtney sank 5 of 10 and Karley 3 of 6). No. 3 White River of Buckley (12-2) was led by Kendall Bird (15 points, 12 boards) as Amanda Lance was held to a season-low seven points, 10 below her average.
Juanita 54, Auburn Riverside 45
Jaisa Nunn and Tea Adams both had big games for the Rebels (5-10), who won for the fifth time in their past six games. Nunn, a 6-3 senior, supplied 15 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Adams, a 5-10 sophomore, chipped in 17 points, six assists and three steals. Hannah Kleppe added 11 points.
Auburn Riverside (11-3), which was missing two starters due to illness, dropped its second straight game after a Friday loss to Sumner. Sophomore guard McKinzi Williams led the team with 16 points.