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February 5, 2008 at 8:45 AM

Lake Stevens Suffers First Loss

For the first half of Snohomish’s 47-38 win over Lake Stevens Monday night, the Vikings looked like an undefeated team. They’re incredibly tall (two 6-footers in the starting lineup) and constantly are creating mismatches with speedy guards to complement the posts. Lake Stevens got to the line often in the first half (I had them, unofficially 8-12 from the stripe in the first half) and seemed they’d win going away.

But Snohomish had more fight Monday and got a pretty good win in a tough environment.

With the win, well, the win doesn’t do much for the Panthers in the standings. Lake Stevens will still likely win the WesCo North division and take the top seed to next week’s Northwest 4A district tournament.

I asked this hypothetically last week and had the chance to ask Lake Stevens coach Randall Edens Monday: is losing a game that doesn’t hurt in the standings a good thing entering the playoffs?

“Some people look at it as a good thing,” Edens said. “We’ve never really harped on it. But hey, we lost to a real high quality team. We’ll be OK. We’ll bounce back. We’re still in great shape and have everything in front of us that we want. That’s all you can ask for at this time of year.”

So he kind of danced around the question. But based on the tears of some of the Lake Stevens girls and the somber mood in the gym, I’m guessing there was no silver lining for the Vikings last night.

Elsewhere in WesCo action, Kamiak pulled a big upset over fifth-ranked Meadowdale. Again, this doesn’t affect Meadowdale in the standings much, but the Mavericks went through WesCo undefeated last season and now have three league losses. The difference a year can make…

Morning stars:

1. Kamiak Knights’ defense. Outscored Meadowdale 21-2 in the fourth quarter to erase a lead and upset the fifth-ranked Mavericks, 67-60.

2. Erin Feeney, Jackson, girls basketball. The sophomore guard scored a game-high 21 points as the Timberwolves cruised past Shorewood.

3. Dillon Pericin, Eastlake, boys basketball. The sophomore scored a game-high 23 points in an OT loss to

Ballard.

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