By David Pan Weekly Herald sports editor
Lynnwood was within striking distance of Everett through the first three quarters of last week’s Western Conference 3A boys basketball game.
But in a nightmarish fourth quarter, the shots simply would not fall for the Royals, who were outscored 14-0 and ended up losing 53-31 in the Jan. 6 game at Everett High School.
“We did not perform well,” Lynnwood coach Darrell McNeal said. “We looked absolutely lost in the fourth quarter. We’re a better team than what we’re playing now. We need to figure it out fast.”
The Royals (1-7 in the league, 1-11 overall) have had solid efforts in previous games against Kamiak and Shorecrest, McNeal said.
“I want to see the guys competing from tip-off to the end of the game, 32 minutes of basketball,” McNeal said. “I want to see them giving it their best and playing as a team.”
Going into this week, the Royals had eight league games remaining – plenty of time to start making a run.
“We’re going to focus a lot on defense and focus on just playing together,” McNeal said.
Lynnwood is scheduled to face second-place Shorewood at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 13 at Shorewood High School.
“We have what it takes to be successful,” McNeal said.