Edmonds-Woodway girls retooling roster | Girls basketball

Warriors return starting point guard but offense still is a work in progress
By David Pan | Jul 25, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Brooke Kearney attempts a shot during a Edmonds Shootout game at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

The Edmonds-Woodway girls basketball team will have a different look next season.

Graduation means a major reshuffling of the Warriors’ roster. Coach Jon Rasmussen said that the team will have to find a way to replace players, such as Adrienne Poling and Ingrid Fosberg, who were responsible for close to two-thirds of Edmonds-Woodway’s scoring.

“I’ve got some holes to fill. That’s what the summer was about,” Rasmussen said. “We will be a different looking team. We will rely more on our defense and our speed. I don’t think we will be as high scoring.”

The defense will be bolstered by the return of Mia Dickenson, one of Edmonds-Woodway’s most tenacious defenders. The senior missed all of last season due to leg injury suffered during the soccer season. Her absence definitely was felt by her teammates.

“It was fun to have her back on the court,” Rasmussen said.

Dickenson wasn’t at 100 percent but she received clearance to play her from her doctor.

“She goes all out. She was a little rusty after sitting out a year,” Rasmussen said.

The Warriors return a veteran point guard in senior A.J. Martineau, who has led the offense since her freshman season. Martineau, a co-captain, was tapped as the starting point guard when Missy Peterson, now at the University of Washington, went down with an injury.

“Having her as the point guard is invaluable,” Rasmussen said. “That’s one position I don’t have to worry about.”

Rasmussen expects returning co-captain Maddie McMahon to pick up some of the scoring load. At 5-feet-11, McMahon will be one of the Warriors’ taller players.

“She can score. She plays tough defense,” Rasmussen said. “She’s not really a post. She has to defend posts. But it’s a mismatch if a post guards her.

“Consistency is going to be the big thing for her.”

Senior Brooke Kearney appears ready to make the transition from the bench to a more prominent role. Kearney hit the game-winning shot to defeat defending state champion Gig Harbor in the state regional tournament and clinch a trip to the Tacoma Dome.

“She’s definitely a scorer. She’s going to pick up a lot of the slack,” Rasmussen said.

Rasmussen is looking for increased offensive production from the entire lineup.

“I don’t think it’s going to be one person,” he said. “Everyone will have to start shooting and scoring. When you lose two-thirds of your scoring it’s not an easy task to fill.”

The Warriors likely will have some new faces on varsity with a number of sophomores and freshmen seeing action in the two tournaments the team played in the spring/summer. Rasmussen said he liked his team’s overall speed and quickness, but that the lineup still is a puzzle he is working on.

“A lot of the girls played AAU ball this summer. That went well,” Rasmussen added. “We’ll still be evaluating things in the fall.”

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