Edmonds-Woodway defeats district rivals | Boys basketball

Warriors take down Hawks, Marauders
By David Pan | Jan 28, 2016
Photo by: David Pan Edmonds-Woodway Tre'var Holland (right) leads a fast break against Meadowdale's Harry White during a Wesco 3A South game Jan. 19 at Meadowdale High School.

Edmonds-Woodway avenged its only league loss and stretched its winning streak to nine games.

The Warriors defeated district rival Mountlake Terrace 66-61 in a Wesco 3A South boys basketball game Jan. 22 at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

The Warriors beat another of their district rivals, Meadowdale, 80-65 on Jan. 19 at Meadowdale High School.

Edmonds-Woodway coach Robert Brown liked what he saw from his squad, especially against the Hawks, who were the last team to upend the Warriors about a month ago.

A superior defensive effort allowed Edmonds-Woodway to come out on top of Mountlake Terrace, according to Brown.

“We really emphasized the way we were playing defense,” Brown said.

The Hawks like to drive into the lane and score points in the paint, the Edmonds-Woodway coach noted. The Warriors were able to minimize the Hawks’ second- chance opportunities by rebounding and boxing out, Brown added.

“Mountlake Terrace is a physical team,” he said. “Physical teams go to the glass hard.”

The Warriors (8-1 in the league, 15-2 overall) also kept the Hawks’ tendency to drive the lane under check for much of the contest.

“I think our boys have the ability to stop that when they want to,” Brown said. “It’s more of a mental thing … not letting them get their way.”

Mountlake Terrace (5-3 11-5) stayed close to the Warriors, but a Hawk turnover, a pair of baskets by Brady Edwards and a transition basket by teammate Tre’var Holland kept the Warriors’ ahead.

David Woodard, Ryan Peterson and Edwards each scored 12 points. Holland added 11. It was a rare off night for Woodard, who scored 28 against the Mavericks (2-7, 8-9).

Brown admitted he and his coaching staff were curious to see what would happen when the shots didn’t fall for Woodard.

“As a team, we have a bunch of players that can score,” Brown said.

Edmonds-Woodway led Meadowdale 38-33 at halftime and then stretched the lead to 60-48 by the end of the third quarter.

The Warriors’ defensive pressure seemed to wear down the Mavericks a little bit, Brown said. The first thing to go when players get tired are the legs, which in turn affects shots, Brown added.

“The thing is pace wears down people,” he said. “We’re able to keep a good pace because of the bodies we play. We have 10, 11 kids. The pace tends to wear you down.”

Edmonds-Woodway stretched its winning streak to 10 with a 55-42 win over Shorewood on Jan. 26 at Shorewood High School. Woodard scored 24 points and Holland added 10.

The Warriors have a bye this Friday and resume league play against district rival Lynnwood at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 at Edmonds-Woodway High School.




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