Story and photo by Doug Petrowski
An undermanned girls basketball team from Mountlake Terrace ran into a buzzsaw Saturday night in the form of an intense Lynnwood squad, losing to the Royals 81-38.
“I’m down to eight varsity players,” said Coach David Brophy before tipoff, with key starter Maddy Kristjanson injured and not even dressed for the game.
Lynnwood (2-0) took control during the second quarter when they outscored the Hawks 26-9. Mountlake Terrace starting guard Samantha Romanowski was forced to sit for more than half the quarter when she sustained an injury to her left knee. After icing her knee she returned to action, but the lead built by Lynnwood during her absence was too much for the Hawks to come back from. Romanowski finished with just one point after a 25-point outing in the season opener against Sultan on Thursday.
Senior Taylor Smith led the Hawks in scoring with 17 points. Junior Kirsty Dale added 9, sophomore Nikkie Froehlich scored 4, sophomore Shaian Pagaling had 3, sophomore Riley Zucker added 2 and junior Kenzie Grayson scored 1.
The Hawks (1-1) will try to bounce back from the defeat on Tuesday when they face the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors at 7:15 p.m. It will be Mountlake Terrace’s third straight road game to start the season.