Edmonds-Woodway should continue to be a force | Girls basketball

Warriors bring back almost entire roster
By David Pan | Nov 29, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Maddie McMahon attempts a lay-up during an offensive drill at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

With its roster virtually intact from a year ago, the Edmonds-Woodway girls basketball team heads into the season as a favorite in the Wesco 3A.

But you wouldn’t necessarily know it talking to the returning players or head coach Jon Rasmussen.

The Warriors are not taking anything for granted this year, especially after being upset by district rival Lynnwood twice during last season’s district playoffs. The second loss to the Royals, the No. 7 seed, in a winner-to-state/loser-out game was a disappointing end to an otherwise stellar season for the Warriors. Edmonds-Woodway, the No. 2 seed, placed second in the league with an 11-1 record and were 20-4 overall.

The addition of Archbishop Murphy, the 2A state runner-up, and Cedarcrest to the league, along with the perennial strong teams, such as Snohomish and Arlington, means tough games just about every night.

“Everyone is still pretty good in this league,” Rasmussen said. “The proof is that the No. 7 team beat the No. 2 seed twice in the postseason. I don’t think we’ll overlook anyone. We didn’t last year, but that’s how tough the league is going to be. … There are six or seven teams that could step up and win it.”

It’s clear that no one is going to be overlooking the Warriors, who eliminated No. 1 seed Snohomish at districts. The Edmonds-Woodway roster is composed of four returning seniors and seven juniors.

“Last year no one knew who we were and then we knocked out the No. 1 seed,” senior guard Adrienne Poling said. “People know who were are now. So even though we’re bringing back a lot of people … it’s going to be a harder season.”

Edmonds-Woodway did lose junior starting guard Mia Dickenson, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during the soccer season. Dickenson was considered to be one of the Warriors’ most tenacious defensive players.

Junior point guard A.J. Martineau noted that no specific individual can replace what Dickenson brought to the team.

“I think everyone is going to have to step it up,” she said. “We’ve been working a lot harder on defense in practice.”

The loss of a key player, however, has not dampened the Warriors’ high expectations.

“We left off at a level last year and we’re already starting to build up from there,” senior guard Ingrid Fosberg said.

Experience has its advantages.

“We already know our system and it’s now about fine-tuning and getting the most out of it that we can,” Fosberg said. “It’s really nice that the whole team pretty much knows all of our plays, how we like to run our defense and how we like to carry ourselves at practice and during games. Just to be able to build on that and go even above where we were last year is good.”

The Warriors also can continue to develop connections on the court.

“The good thing about not losing people is we’re able to build trust,” said junior wing Maddie McMahon. “That is something not lost because no one graduated.”

In order to best prepare the Warriors for a possible extended postseason run, Rasmussen has put together an extremely challenging non-conference schedule of games. The Warriors are traveling to 1A state champion Lynden Christian on Friday, Nov. 30, and then will be playing in the Glacier Peak tournament Dec. 27-29.

“We’re expecting big things this year,” Rasmussen said. “I’ve loaded our out of league schedule and I’m challenging the girls big time. It’s going to be very challenging and I’m hoping in the long run it will make us better. … We set goals to get to the dome. Hopefully, we can achieve that.”

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