Warriors snap slide with big victory over Mavericks | Girls basketball

Edmonds-Woodway pulls away from Meadowdale in fourth quarter
By David Pan | Jan 24, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Fatoumata Jaiteh goes up for a shot against Edmonds-Woodway’s Ingrid Fosberg during a Wesco 3A game Friday, Jan. 18, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Edmonds-Woodway needed a victory.

The Warriors had dropped their first four games after the holiday break and were in danger of falling further back in the league standings.

Senior Adrienne Poling answered the call, scoring a season-high 26 points to help lead Edmonds-Woodway to a 77-58 win over archrival Meadowdale in a Wesco 3A girls basketball clash Friday, Jan. 18, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Poling came out firing in the first quarter, scoring 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, as the Warriors (6-4 in the league, 9-7 overall) took a 19-13 lead.

The Edmonds-Woodway senior fed off the energy in the gym, which was packed with fans for the annual Rubber Chicken game.

“We had a lot of students in our section,” Poling said. “It’s a rivalry game. We don’t want to lose to Meadowdale. That’s kind of our thing. With all the fans in the gym, we’re just trying to prove to them we are the team that everyone thinks we are, even though we got off to a rough start in January.”

Regarded as one of the favorites in the league, the Warriors started off the new year with a pair of close losses to Snohomish (46-44) and Arlington (61-60). Edmonds-Woodway then fell 47-41 to Marysville-Getchell and 66-55 to Archbishop Murphy. The Warriors ended the week in a tie for seventh place in the Wesco 3A.

So Friday was more than just a rivalry game.

“This is a huge win for what we’ve gone through the last three weeks,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Jon Rasmussen said. “We were on a little slide. We played some great teams. We lost a lot of close games. It was a great team win and the girls played really well. Playing your archrival and beating them like that, you couldn’t ask for anything bigger. I thought they played their hearts out tonight.”

The Warriors extended their lead to 37-22 at halftime but then saw the Mavericks (5-5, 10-6) rally in the third quarter. Meadowdale went on an 11-0 run after halftime to cut the Edmonds-Woodway lead to 37-33 with 4:39 left in the period. Meadowdale junior Alicia Morrison hit a pair of 3-point shots and senior Camryn Cassidy also had a 3-pointer and made two free throws.

“After we went to halftime and we saw the score we knew we had to get back into it,” Morrison said. “I think we really got into the flow and just stuck with it.”

Edmonds-Woodway took a 49-43 lead into the fourth quarter and then went on a 12-4 run to pull away from Meadowdale, which could get no closer than 11 points the rest of the game.

“We lost two close ones against Snohomish and Arlington in an atmosphere like this,” Rasmussen said. “To win this was very big. Hopefully, we’re going in the right direction now. … We’ve had a couple of leads in our little losing streak and it started to slip away again and all of a sudden the ball bounced right for us and we hit a couple of clutch shots. So that was big for us.”

Senior Rebekah Dasalla-Good scored 11 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter, including two 3-pointers.

“We just had a different energy about us,” Poling said. “We worked better as a team than we have in past games.”

Rasmussen agreed that Friday’s game featured an all-around solid performance from the Warriors.

“Adrienne played awesome. A.J. (Martineau) ran the club really well,” he said. “Everyone filled in.”

Meadowdale junior Lilly Williams was held scoreless.

“Our defense was pretty great,” Poling said. “I think that was kind of a big turning point for us, just our defense. We’re just working really hard on that in practice every day and it translated to the game.”

Morrison’s 30 points was a season high.

“My teammates gave me so many assists and were always looking for me and creating plays for me,” Morrison said. “It was a team effort.”

Heading into the final three weeks of the regular season, Poling is hoping the Warriors have moved past their new year struggles.

“Every team is going to face adversity,” she said. “Our just came in the middle of the season. Last year, it came at the end of the season when we didn’t want it. Hopefully, this will give us a little bit of energy for the end of the season.”

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