Edmonds-Woodway rebounds with win over Ferndale | Girls basketball

Warriors connect on nine 3-pointers in the first half
By David Robert Pan | Feb 15, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Adrienne Poling scored a game-high 26 points against Ferndale.

Edmonds-Woodway came out firing against Ferndale.

The Warriors hit nine 3-point shots in the first half and went on to defeat the Golden Eagles 69-59 in a loser-out 3A District 1 girls basketball tournament game Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

The victory sends the Warriors into another loser-out game against Wesco 3A champion Snohomish at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15, at Mountlake Terrace High School. The Panthers edged Edmonds-Woodway 66-64 during the regular season.

Junior Adrienne Poling scored a game-high 26 points to lead Edmonds-Woodway (19-3). Poling connected on three straight 3-pointers in the second quarter to extend a 28-20 lead to 37-24.

“It’s definitely contagious,” Poling said of the Warriors’ success with their 3-point shots. “It’s something we work on every day in practice. Some days it’s not falling, but today we were able to hit it and that was a big reason why we won tonight.”

Edmonds-Woodway took a 52-36 lead on a 3-pointer by junior Ingrid Fosberg, who finished with 17 points, in the second quarter. Ferndale (13-9) wasn’t ready to concede, though. The Golden Eagles closed the third quarter on a 9-0 run to cut the Warriors’ lead to 54-48.

Sophomore A.J. Martineau made two free throws at the start of the fourth quarter and sophomore Maddie McMahan followed with a basket. Polling hit another 3-pointer and a 2-point shot as the Warriors pushed the lead to 9 points – 60-51. Edmonds-Woodway seal the victory by making 6 of 10 free throws in the final two minutes.

The Warriors had only two 3-pointers in the second half and instead scored most of their points by driving to the hoop.

“I don’t think we really cooled off,” Poling said. “Maybe our 3-point shooting wasn’t as much because they were getting up on us on defense. But we were attacking the hoop really well. That’s really what kept us in the game.”

Edmonds-Woodway was coming off a surprising 77-64 loss to district rival Lynnwood in a first round game Thursday, Feb. 8, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

The Warriors had no answer for Lynnwood’s Amayah Kirkman, who scored a season-high 36 points. Fosberg led the Warriors with 27 points and Poling had 13 points. Edmonds-Woodway defeated the Royals 81-57 during the regular season.

“We definitely had a couple of games where we were kind of in a rut,” Poling said. “But we bounced back and we were able to get the win today. … It (Lynnwood game) was more something that we can use as motivation. It’s in the past now and we can use it as motivation for our next game.”

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