Mavericks defeat Hawks for their 1st league victory | Girls basketball

Sophomore Williams scores 21 points to lead Meadowdale
By David Pan | Jan 18, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Lilly Williams (right) plays defense against Mountlake Terrace’s Nohea Morrison during the Mavericks’ 52-23 victory.

Meadowdale picked up its first league victory of the season.

Sophomore Lilly Williams scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Mavericks to a 52-23 victory over district rival Mountlake Terrace in a Wesco 3A girls basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, at Meadowdale High School.

Williams was a strong presence not only on the offensive end of the floor. “She was doing it at the other end of the court with her defense and her rebounding,” Meadowdale coach Caitlyn Houvener said. “She had a great overall game.”

The Mavericks (1-4 in the league, 4-9 overall) jumped out to a 14-4 lead after the first quarter but saw the Hawks (1-4, 2-11) battle back in the second quarter. Mountlake Terrace outscored Meadowdale 9-4 to go into halftime trailing 18-13.

Meadowdale adjusted its defensive strategy at halftime, deciding to go with a man-to-man defense with pressure.

“We were able to cause some turnovers and get some stops,” Houvener said. “It definitely worked.”

By the end of the third quarter, the Mavericks extended their advantage to 32-16. Meadowdale’s 18 points in the third quarter matched its entire offensive output in the first half.

Meadowdale improved on its offensive execution in the second half.

“The girls really came out more focused in the third quarter,” Houvener said. “Our passes were a lot better. … They were working together more in the third and fourth quarters.”

Junior Camryn Cassidy in her first start of the season scored 11 points and sophomore Alicia Morrison finished with 9 points. Cassidy was filling in for junior Adriana Valadez, who reinjured her knee during a 38-26 loss to Snohomish on Friday, Jan. 5.

“She definitely earned her spot,” Houvener said of Cassidy. “She did a great job. I’m excited to see her step up this week.”

Houvener was pleased by the Mavericks’ defense performance against Snohomish (6-0, 12-2), who finished third at state last season.

“The girls played solid defense,” Houvener said. “We were able to hold them to one of their lowest point totals of the season. We couldn’t get it done on both ends of the floor. The girls battled all game.”

Four players – Williams, Morrison, Taylor Kesselring and Fatoumata Jaiteh – each scored four points for Meadowdale.

The Mavericks caught a break when Snohomish junior standout Kyra Beckman, missed most of the second half due to an apparent injury. She only scored 4 points. Beckman returned later in the week and scored a game-high 26 points in the Panthers’ 66-64 victory over Edmonds-Woodway.

“We just were really focused on trying to be physical, trying to box her out so she only got one chance,” Houvener said. “We did a good job on her in the first half when she was playing.”

The big takeaway from last week for Houvener is the need for Meadowdale to stay focused for all four quarters and avoid lapses, such as in the second quarter against Mountlake Terrace.

“I hope the players take some confidence (from last week) into the rest of the season, carry it over and get a few more wins,” Houvener said.

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