Mavericks hoping 3-point shots, defense will lead to district berth | Girls basketball

Meadowdale faces Royals in a 3A play-in contest
By David Pan | Feb 07, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Alicia Morrison hopes to help lead Meadowdale to the district playoffs this week.

Meadowdale’s 3-point shooting and defense are coming together at the right time.

The Mavericks used both to defeat district rival Lynnwood 72-56 and to knock off Shorewood 54-27 and Mountlake Terrace 52-28 in Wesco 3A girls basketball play. The lone defeat in Meadowdale’s last four contests was to Shorecrest 57-38.

Four players scored in double figure to lead the Mavericks over the Royals Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Lynnwood High School.

Junior Lilly Williams scored a game-high 19 points and junior Alicia Morrison and sophomore Kaisha Stark each added 18 points. Sophomore Fatoumata Jaiteh contributed 14 points.

“The outside shot was falling. That helped us tremendously,” Meadowdale coach Arie Mahler said. “Defensively, the girls continue to buy into the tough defense and getting transition baskets.”

At times the Mavericks have used a half-court trap that is successfully disrupting their opponent’s offense.

“We’re trying to create those transition opportunities,” Mahler said. “We’ve also been able to use a full-court press. It’s something we haven’t done. It’s generated some excitement. We’re trying to instill the mindset of getting stops.”

On the offensive end, junior Lilly Williams averaged 13.7 points the last four games. Morrison, who had a season-high 30 points in a loss to Edmonds-Woodway, also is proving to be an outside threat.

“That’s been a really nice one-two punch,” Mahler said. “Fatoumata has done some damage inside. Fatoumata is seeing a lot of double and triple teams. That is creating opportunities from the outside.”

Meadowdale is scheduled to take on Lynnwood in a district play-in game at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, at Meadowdale High School. The winner advances to a distirct match-up against Shorecrest at 7 p.m. Feb. 8, at Shorecrest High School, while the loser’s season is over.

Mahler said that it will be important for Meadowdale to limit its turnovers in the playoffs.

“I want to see us take care of the ball,” he said. “It’s still a big opportunity for us. In the postseason, every possession counts. You have to make the most of every possession.”

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