Royals’ comeback falls just short

  • David Pan<br>Enterprise sports editor
  • Friday, February 29, 2008 10:52am

Lynnwood simply ran out of time in Wednesday night’s Northwest District 3A girls basketball tournament opener against Sehome.

After chipping away at a 13-point deficit in the third quarter, the Royals closed to within four points late in the game but could get no closer and ended up losing 47-43 to the Northwest 3A League’s No. 1 seed at Sehome High School.

“I wish we could have played for another three minutes,” said Lynnwood coach Jon Rasmussen. “We had them on the ropes. We just didn’t have the last punch to get them.”

Senior guards Molly Hunsinger and Samantha Janssen each scored 14 points and hit some key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to spark the rally.

Lynnwood takes on Shore-crest in a loser-out game at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Friday, Feb. 20) at Skagit Valley College. The Scots swept the regular-season series between the two teams.

The Royals held Sehome’s LeeAna Busch, who had been averaging 18.2 points per game, to only one point.

Rasmussen credited his post players for superb defense.

“We doubled quite a bit,” Rasmussen said. “The girls stepped it up.”

Lynnwood’s shots didn’t fall in the first quarter and as a result, Sehome took a 13-4 lead into the second quarter.

“We just were cold at the start,” Rasmussen said. “It’s a little tough for us losing such a close one down the stretch. I believe we can rebound and come back. I was happy with the team. They weren’t intimidated. We just shot kind of poorly in the first quarter.”

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