By Doug Petrowski
After a close first half, the Meadowdale Mavericks pulled ahead in the third quarter and made crucial foul shots late to defeat the Mountlake Terrace Hawks 55-47 in a 3A Wesco South girls basketball game Friday night at Mountlake Terrace High School.
The Hawks were able to pull within three points, 47-44, at the midpoint of the fourth quarter but couldn’t get any closer. Meadowdale went six-for-six from the foul line in the final 24 seconds to keep Mountlake Terrace at bay and seal the victory.
Hawk Coach David Brophy was frustrated with his squad’s performance after the game. “We didn’t come out with the right mentality to defend the basket, and to move the ball and share the ball on offense,” he said. “It’s disappointing that this is our first league game; this game mattered.”
Brophy noted that the team had a lackadaisical practice on Thursday carried over to Friday’s game. “Tonight we looked the way we practiced,” he said.
The Mavericks held a one-point lead at halftime, 25-24, as each team led at times during the first half.
The Hawks have a week off before they begin a tough stretch of four games in eight days, three of them on the road, starting next Friday, Dec. 14, 7:15 p.m. at Shorewood.