Defense lifts Warriors past Scots at districts | Girls basketball

By David Pan | Feb 23, 2017

Defense proved to be the difference for Edmonds-Woodway against Shorecrest.

The Warriors limited the Scots to 17 points below their scoring average en route to a 43-35 victory in a 3A loser-out District 1 girls basketball game Saturday, Feb. 18, at Jackson High  School.

“It was an outstanding effort,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Jon Rasmussen said. “We came out working hard on our defense at the end of the year. It’s been kind of our bread and butter. We went with man-to-man defense and we shut down their scorers.”

Sophomore Adrienne Poling led the Warriors with 11 points. Freshman Bailee Chynoweth contributed 9 points and freshman Maddi McMahon added 8 points. Senior Kendra Cooper  had 8 points.

Rasmussen noted that Poling probably has been the most consistent scorer among the Warriors in recent games. McMahon’s playing time has increased  as the season has gone along, he added.

The Warriors extended a 1 point first quarter advantage to 22-14 at halftime. Edmonds-Woodway led by as many as 10 points in the third quarter before the Scots cut the Edmonds-Woodway lead to 30-26, as the teams headed to the fourth quarter.

“It was a game of runs,” Rasmussen said. “It was probably actually a closer game than the 8-point final score.”

The Warriors made 12 of 15 free throws, a much improved showing than in an earlier loss to Snohomish. Edmonds-Woodway was a good free throw shooting team coming into districts but then struggled in the first two games, according to Rasmussen.

“We’re back to normal,” he said.

Edmonds-Woodway plays West Seattle in a loser-out state regional game at noon, Saturday, Feb. 25, at Bellevue College.

The Warriors lost senior guard Missy Peterson to a foot injury in January and the only other player with significant varsity experience is senior Marivel Ortega. So it’s been the younger players, who have stepped up their level of play.

“It’s been an awesome experience,” Rasmussen said. “We need to play our best game whoever we face … It’s big to get this experience. It’s going to help us in the long run.”

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