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January 14, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Some girls basketball highlights from Thursday night

I have to admit that the toughest girls basketball conference for me to get a handle on this season has been WesCo 3A, and that’s why none of the teams are currently in The Times’ 3A state rankings (although Lynnwood was ranked earlier and could well be back soon).

I haven’t seen one team separate itself. About the time I lean toward someone, they lose.

The Meadowdale Mavericks are making a case for themselves again. Thursday night’s 70-63 victory over Shorewood pulled them into a first-place tie in the league with Lynnwood at 6-1.

The Mavs put Shorewood away with a 31-point fourth quarter, hitting 13 of 17 free throws. Magreet Barhoum poured in 25 points, while Julianne Kossian added 13 and Michaela O’Neill posted a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds, dishing off four assists as well. Shorewood got 23 points from Lisa Echert and 13 from Masha Shtikel.

Lynnwood beat Meadowdale 62-58 back on Dec. 17 and the much anticipated rematch is next Thursday, Jan. 20, at Lynnwood. First, though, the Mavs (8-5 overall) must take care of an Everett team tonight (Friday) that was among the contenders early before losing five straight.

Lynnwood (11-2 overall) has last-place Oak Harbor tonight, then a key stretch next week with second-place Shorecrest (6-2, 7-7) on Tuesday, then the Meadowdale showdown.

Here are some other highlights from Thursday’s girls action:

Woodinville 76, Redmond 51

Junior Ali Forde erupted for a season-high 23 points and Melissa Gilkey chipped in 17 for the Falcons, who also got 11 from Rita Date. For Redmond, Stacey Kimball scored 19 and Makaela Hayward 11. The KingCo 4A game had been postponed Wednesday apparently due to the cold weather.

Mount Rainier 65, Decatur 25

Freshman twins Brittany and Jordan McPhee combined for 30 points (19 and 11, respectively) as the Rams won the nonleague contest with ease. Junior Kiana Gande contributed 15 points. Decatur was led by A’yeshia Rogers with 12.

Bush 52, Overlake 30

Bush was on top 29-11 at the half. Elise Wilcox (22), Melissa Daniels (12) and Arianah Musser (11) set the pace. Overlake had a pair of players in double figures — Katie Hill (12) and Mariel Frank (10).

Bear Creek 50, Rainier Christian 17

Nine Bear Creek players scored, led by Catherine Fernandez with 11.

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