Edmonds-Woodway returners taking on new roles | Girls basketball

Warriors relying on talented juniors and sophomores
By David Pan | Aug 03, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s A.J. Marineau looks to pass the ball during an Edmonds Shootout game this summer.

Edmonds-Woodway went to school this spring and summer.

The Warriors, who will return a roster composed of juniors and sophomores next season, faced off against some of the top teams in the state at three tournaments in Snohomish, Edmonds and at King’s High School in Shoreline.

It wasn’t necessarily surprising that more experienced teams, such as 4A Woodinville, defending 4A champion Kentridge and highly regarded Lake Stevens and Garfield prevailed over the younger Warriors.

But for Edmonds-Woodway coach Jon Rasmussen, the goal of seeing the Warriors improve was accomplished.

“We played some very good competition this year,” Rasmussen said. “We didn’t win some of these games, but it made us better.”

The Warriors also had games and some better results against two smaller schools – 2A Archbishop Murphy and 1A Lynden Christian.

Edmonds-Woodway is replacing starting forwards Kendra Cooper and Marivel Ortega, along with senior guard Missy Peterson, who while injured for most of the season provided invaluable leadership for a team that advanced to the district playoffs.

The loss of Cooper (5-foot-10) and Ortega (5-9) means that the Warriors will be a smaller team next season.

“Some of the kids are learning new positions,” Rasmussen added.

Juniors Adrienne Poling, a 5-11 guard, and Ingrid Fosberg, a 5-10 forward, likely will be defending the opposition’s posts this season.

“We don’t really have a post,” Rasmussen said.

A younger roster means that the Warriors will be challenged physically by older teams, he added. “The younger players aren’t quite as strong as some of the older ones.”

Sophomores Bailee Chynoweth and A.J. Marineau will return for their second season as point guards. Both saw more time on the court toward the end of the season.

Chynoweth ended up as the Warriors’ leading scorer in their season-ending district playoff loss to West Seattle.

Both Poling and sophomore Maddie McMahan made significant strides with their games this summer, Rasmussen added.

Rasmussen, who is entering his second season at the helm of the program, was hired late last year and didn’t have much time to work with his squad, as he did this spring and summer.

“To get to have that offseason is a big bonus for me and the team,” he said.

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