E-W still feeling upbeat after loss to Snohomish | Girls basketball

Panthers snap Warriors’ 11-game winning streak
By David Pan | Jan 18, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Rebekah Dasalla-Good prepares to take a shot during a Wesco 3A game  against Snohomish Friday, Jan. 12, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Edmonds-Woodway’s close loss to Snohomish left the Warriors both disappointed and encouraged.

Trailing by 2 points with 5 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Edmonds-Woodway had the ball with the chance to either tie or win the game.

But the Warriors turned the ball over and the Panthers managed to hang on for a 66-64 victory in a Wesco 3A girls basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

“What a good battle. What a great game for people to watch tonight,” Warriors coach Jon Rasmussen said.

Edmonds-Woodway (5-1 in the league. 12-2 overall) lost once in the regular season and once in the district playoffs to Snohomish (6-0, 12-2) last year. The Panthers are coming off a third place finish in the 3A state tournament.

“I think we showed we can play with a team like this,” said Rasmussen, who noted the Warriors did not place at last year’s state tournament. “We’ve just got to refine a couple of things and we’ll be ready for the next time. I think that (game) gave us a lot of confidence.”

A 3-point shot by senior forward Morgan Marshall gave Snohomish a 64-58 lead with just over two minutes left in the game.

But the Warriors weren’t ready to concede and cut the deficit to 64-61 when junior Rebekah Dasalla-Good made three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt. Marshall responded with another shot to extend the Panthers’ lead to 66-61.

Sophomore A.J. Martineau then connected on Edmonds-Woodway’s 14th 3-pointer of the night to cut deficit to 66-64 with 1:25 left in the game.

Rasmussen said the difference in the game was “just a couple of little things at the end.”

And one big thing in the middle.

Edmonds-Woodway had no answer for 6-foot-2 junior forward Kyra Beckman, who scored a game-high 26 points. Beckman was the lone Panther in double figures.

“She’s just a great player and (when) she got it too low, we couldn’t stop her,” Rasmussen said. “We got into a little foul trouble. … So we had to play a little more delicate.”

Snohomish outscored Edmonds-Woodway 19-8 in the second quarter to take a 32-23 halftime lead. But it didn’t take long for the Warriors to nearly erase the deficit.

Junior Ingrid Fosberg hit two 3-point shots and junior Adrienne Poling also had a 3-pointer in the first two minutes of the third quarter, as the Warriors sliced the Snohomish lead to 34-32.

“I told them at half we’re never out of it when we can shoot like that,” Rasmussen said. “Right away, we got back in it. But Snohomish, give them kudos, they’re a tough team.”

The Panthers responded with a 10-3 run to take a 44-35 lead with 3:37 left in the period. Beckman scored Snohomish’s last nine points of the third quarter to help her team head into the final period with a 50-46 advantage.

Edmonds-Woodway cut the Panthers’ lead to 1 point early in the fourth quarter on Fosberg’s third 3-pointer of the contest.

“We’re young. This is a building block for us,” Rasmussen said. “I think we got a lot of confidence. But it really hurts to lose a close game like that.”

The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak dating back to the first week of December.

“They’re a disappointed group because we haven’t lost many,” Rasmussen said of the Warriors. “We came in and we expected to win this. … My message is to keep your heads up. We’ve played a tough stretch. Five games in a row where we played very good teams starting with Union, Stanwood, Lynnwood, Arlington and now Snohomish. There was no rest. To keep at a high level for five games straight is not easy.”

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