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Originally published Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 10:01 PM

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Lynnwood wins top-five showdown with Arlington, 47-39 | Girls Basketball

In a matchup of WesCo 4A powers, Lynnwood rode a big defensive effort to a 47-39 girls basketball win over Arlington Wednesday night.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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LYNNWOOD — In a matchup of WesCo 4A powers, Lynnwood rode a big defensive effort to a 47-39 girls basketball win over Arlington Wednesday night.

Grace Douglas scored 11 points and Jasmine Edwards 10 as the fifth-ranked Royals handed the No. 4 Eagles their first loss. But defense made the difference, said Royals coach Everett Edwards.

"It was a total team effort for our girls tonight," Edwards said. "We put together the total package regarding our defensive effort. That was our key."

Lynnwood (14-1, 9-1 WesCo South) led 12-7 after closing the first quarter on a 5-0 run.

Arlington (14-1, 9-1 WesCo North) kept pace, capitalizing on Lynnwood turnovers to trail 21-16 at halftime, thanks to four points by senior guard Winter Brown over the final 58 seconds of the half.

In the third quarter, the Royals took a 28-19 lead on an Edwards jump shot.

"Jasmine is our quarterback for our team," Edwards said. "She sets the tone on both ends of the court, on the offensive end and the defensive end. She was a rock again tonight."

Arlington rallied, but Lynnwood opened the fourth quarter with a three-point play from Mikayla Pivec and put the game away with a six-point run for a 41-30 lead with 4:46 remaining. Izzy Maza and Douglas had three points each during the run.

"(Grace) can shoot the three," Edwards said, "but what I saw from her is she did a great job of driving to the hoop and penetrating and getting to the line."

With five games remaining in the regular season, Arlington leads the North by three games over Lake Stevens.

Lynnwood leads the South by a game over Jackson, and the teams meet on Jan. 25.

"That is going to be the game," Edwards said. "With the players they have, and playing at Jackson, we're sure it's going to be a very competitive game."

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