Lady Hawks fall to Mavericks 69-60

By Quint Turner
My Edmonds News

Mackenzie Bretz scored 19 points to lead all scorers, and Alyssa Reuble added 15 to help Meadowdale come away with an important conference 69-60 victory over the Mountlake Terrace Hawks.

The Mavs could have scored a lot more than just 69, but the team only shot 14 of 31 from the free-throw line. The Hawks shot 45 percent from the charity stripe as well, but it was out of 20 attempts. Samantha Romanowski scored 10 points for the Hawks in the first quarter, but only scored five the rest of the game. Maddy Kristjanson also notched 15 points, but the Hawks were unable to comeback from a fifteen-point deficit in the fourth quarter, and the Lady Mavs held on to win.

Both sides played man-to-man defense; however, where the Mavs’ defense was passive, the Hawks pressured. Mountlake Terrace didn’t allow the Mavs to get up the floor with much speed, and on offense, the Hawks tried to push the pace as fast as they could.

Terrace got the first points of the game when Taylor Smith hit a three. After Bretz made two free throws, Nikkie Froehlich came back the other way and completely juked out Bretz on her way to a lay-in, making it 5-2 MTHS. Julianne Kossian tied the game at 5 with a three of her own, and then Reuble gave the Mavs their first lead of the night when she hit a lay-in with 4:45 left to play. Romanowski hit the Hawks’ second three right after to give Terrace an 8-7. Sara Fjortoft then made a great pass to the open Ndey Sonko down low, and Sonko made the open lay-in to give the Mavs a 9-8 lead.

The teams continued to go back-and-forth with the baskets. Kossian hit another three to make it 12-10 MHS with 3:00 to play, and then a few minutes later, Reuble knocked down a three of her own, putting the Mavs up 19-16. Just before the quarter ended, Romanowski stole the ball away from Sonko, then found Froehlich with a lead pass. Froelich made an easy lay-in before the buzzer, and the Mavs held only a 19-18 lead at the end of the first.

The pace continued to be quick in the second. Bretz made a great move to fake out her defender, then drove right to the hoop for a lay-in, putting the Mavs up 23-19. Kirsty Dale came right back and hit a tough jumper while in the middle of four defenders to get the score to 23-21, Meadowdale. After two more points by the Mavs, Romanowski hit another three to make it 25-24 with 6:00 to play. The Hawks tied the game with a free throw, but the Mavs retook the lead soon after when Bretz got a pass while standing alone under the basket from Froehlich as she tried to save the ball from going out of bounds. Bretz made the easy lay-in, and the Mavs lead was 27-25.

The Hawks got within a point once again when Romanowski went on a give-and-go with Froehlich and hit a lay-in to make it 28-27 MHS with 3:20 to play in the half. The teams continued to make shots back-and-forth to keep the game close, but Meadowdale held a 33-29 lead at the end of the half.

The second half started with Kossian hitting her third and final three of the game, and the Hawks began to storm back. Kristjanson scored the first points of the half for the Hawks with a tough jumpshot over Bretz, and this started a 7-0 run. Romanowski hit a big three to cut it to 36-34 MHS. Two free throws later, and the game was tied at 36 with 6:00 to go in the quarter. The run was finally broken up with a lay-in by the Mavs’ Nugent.

Back the other way, the Hawks had a long possession where they attempted three three-pointers, but only the last one by Romanowski went in, and the Hawks took the lead 39-38. The Mavs quickly went on a 12-3 run that went to the end of the quarter. After a few free throws were sunk, Fjortoft got her first points of the game when she drove by the defenders to make it 42-39 MHS.

The Mavs prevented the Hawks from scoring, and on their next possession, Reuble hit a big step-back three to make it 45-39 with 3:10 to play in the third. A free throw by Kristjanson ended the initial 7-0 run, but the Mavs continued to score before the quarter ended. Nugent got inside position on her defender, and hit a tough lay-in to bring the lead to 48-40 with 25 seconds to go.

Kristjanson managed to hustle back the other way, and drove through the defense before sinking a reverse lay-up with 10 seconds left. The Mavs went down the court and got the ball to Reuble before the quarter ended, and she scored a lay-in before the buzzer, giving Meadowdale a 50-42 lead going into the fourth.

The Mavs didn’t let up on the gas in the fourth. Bretz managed to drive past the defense and hit a lay-in while being fouled. She hit the free throw to complete the three-point-play, and the Mavs held a 53-44 lead. That was the start of an 8-2 run by Meadowdale. After getting a rebound, Reuble found Keely Hayes rushing up the court with a pass, and Hayes did the rest to put the Mavs up 55-46.

Next Terrace possession, Froehlich came up the court and was double-teamed at half-court. Head Coach David Brophy tried to call time out, but Froehlich tried a pass that was intercepted by Fjortoft and taken back the other way for a lay-in. The run brought the score to 61-46, and the 15-point lead was the largest of the night for either team. Smith finally broke up the run with a three to get the score to 61-49, and that started a 7-0 run by the Hawks.

Once Reuble ended the run with a tough jumpshot, the two teams went back and forth with the baskets, and the Mavs were able to easily close out the game, winning by a score of 69-60.

With the win, the Mavs improve to 11-5 (6-3 in conference). They are currently third in the Wesco South Division, and fourth overall in Wesco. Next, they play division leader Shorewood Wednesday at home at 7:15 p.m. The Hawks fall to 4-11 (2-7 in conference), and are fifth in the South Division. They are tied for seventh in Wesco overall, tied with Marysville-Pilchuck and Oak Harbor, can qualify for districts if they finish the season eighth or higher. The Hawks play at Marysville-Pilchuck next Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. in what might be the most important game of the season.

Meadowdale Scorers: Madison Parker 2; Keely Hayes 2; Sara Fjortoft 4; Ndey Sonko 6; Julianne Kossian 9; Tianna Nugent 12; Alyssa Reuble 15; Mackenzie Bretz 19

Mountlake Terrace Scorers: Kenzie Grayson 2; Riley Zucker 4; Kirsty Dale 4; Taylor Smith 9; Nikkie Froehlich 11; Samantha Romanowski 15; Maddy Kristjanson 15

Student Quint Turner is a student at Meadowdale High School.

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