Meridian girls outlast Squalicum

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 10, 2014 

Taylor Lunde made two clutch free throws with her Meridian girls' basketball team up by two and two seconds left to seal a 56-52 win over Squalicum on Friday, Jan. 10, at Meridian High School. The Trojans were led by Ryley Zapien's 27 points in the Northwest Conference victory.

Meghan Lowry had 23 points and 16 rebounds for Squalicum.

"Lowry is a really good player. She had a great night, it was hard to keep her off the glass," Meridian coach Mark Gilmore said in a phone interview.

Lunde had eight points and nine rebounds for Meridian. Gilmore said Lowry and Zapien were trading baskets all night.

"Neither Lowry not Ryley left the floor. We ran a lot of stuff for Ryley, a few pick-and-rolls, tried to get her in the lane to the basket," Gilmore said. "We just outlasted them."

MERIDIAN 56, SQUALICUM 52

Squalicum 15 11 14 12 - 52

Meridian 17 11 10 18 - 56

Squalicum: Meghan Lowry 23, Sarah Hulbert 2, Ciera Gossage 2, Kamea Pino 11, Bailey Molnar 2, Sydney Arndorfer 0, Shaunee Hooper 4, Lissette Meza 9. Team totals: 19-60 11-17 52.

Meridian: Ryley Zapien 27, Taylor Lunde 8, Allie Mack 2, Haley Belanger 2, Allecia Galindo 3, Kendra Holmes 4, Janessa Murphy 6, Sydney Swanson 4. Team totals: 21-47 13-28 52.

3-ptg: Squalicum 3 (Meza 3), Meridian 1 (Zapien 1). Rebounds: Squalicum 43 (Lowry 16), Meridian 36 (Lunde 9). Assists: Squalicum 12 (Lowry, Hulbert 4), Meridian 9 (Zapien, Murphy, Lunde 2). Fouls: Squalicum 24 (Fouled out: Arndorfer), Meridian 15 (Fouled out: none). Turnovers: Squalicum 22, Meridian 26.

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