Edmonds-Woodway ousted by Lynnwood | Girls basketball

By David Pan | Feb 22, 2018

Edmonds-Woodway came into the 3A District girls basketball tournament as the No. 2 seed behind league champion Snohomish, but in a surprising turn of events neither team advanced to the state regional tournament.

Two days after they ended the Panthers’ season, the Warriors were eliminated from the postseason by Lynnwood 69-59 in a winner-to-state regionals/loser-out game Saturday, Feb. 17, at Jackson High School.

“Lynnwood played us well,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Jon Rasmussen said. “It was a tough week.”

The Warriors defeated Ferndale 69-59 on Tuesday, Feb. 14, setting up a clash with the league champions. Junior Adrienne Poling scored 18 points and sophomore Brooke Kearny added 13 points against the Panthers. Edmonds-Woodway outscored Snohomish 36-24 in the second half.

“The Snohomish game was an unbelievable effort,” Rasmussen said. “I don’t know if the tank was empty or what. But we came out flat against Lynnwood.”

The Royals jumped out to a 9-0 lead and went into second quarter with a 16-7 advantage.

“We shot horribly in the first half,” Rasmussen said. “Our legs weren’t there. It wasn’t dropping. It was an uphill battle.”

Edmonds-Woodway (20-4) trailed 47-36 at the start of the fourth quarter but was able to tie the score at 49 with four and a half minutes left. Lynnwood then went on an 8-0 run and later made 10 of 12 free throws in the final two minutes.

“They didn’t give us a chance to come back,” Rasmussen said. “The effort was there. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Polling, sophomore A.J. Martineau and sophomore Maddie McMahan each scored 13 points. For the first time this season, an opponent made more 3-point shots than Edmonds-Woodway – 8-7 in Lynnwood’s favor.

“It was tough,” said Rasmussen, adding that the Warriors also struggled with their 2-point shots.

Edmonds-Woodway has no seniors and will return its entire roster next year,

“We had a great season,” Rasmussen said. “You don’t expect to go 20-4. We did. We beat some really tough teams – Snohomish, Stanwood, Union. It was quite a season.”

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