Warriors close out holiday tournament with victory | Girls basketball

Five Edmonds-Woodway players score in double figures against Kentlake
By David Pan | Jan 03, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Brooke Kearney guards Chiawana’s Macey Morales during a Top of the Peak Holiday tournament game Thursday, Dec. 26, at Glacier Peak High School.

After two days of offensive struggles, Edmonds-Woodway found its touch on the third day of the Top of the Peak Holiday tournament.

Five players scored in double figures as the Warriors defeated Kentlake 74-63 in a girls basketball game Saturday, Dec. 29, at Glacier Peak High School.

Edmonds-Woodway dropped its two other tournament games to Chiawana (60-43) and W.F. West (70-57).

Warriors coach Jon Rasmussen was glad to come out with at least one victory in the inaugural tournament.

“We would have liked to win another game,” he said. “The whole atmosphere was really good for us. We didn’t shoot well on day one and two and then we shot the lights out on day three. The competition was awesome. I’m hoping it made us better as a team.”

Senior Ingrid Fosberg led the Warriors (7-3) with 17 points. Junior Brooke Kearney and senior Adrienne Poling each scored 14 points. Junior Maddie McMahon and senior Rebekah Dasalla-Good each added 10 points.

In the opener, Chiawana build a 15-point lead in the first half in part because Edmonds-Woodway made only four 3-point goals the entire game.

The same shooting woes revisited the Warriors in the loss to W.F. West. Edmonds-Woodway connected on only 11 percent of its 3-pointers (4 for 35).

“There’s a saying that you live and die by the 3-pointer,” Rasmussen said.

Ideally, the E-W coach wants to see the Warriors making at least 33 percent of their 3-point attempts.

Nerves may have played a role in shooting difficulties in the first game.

“We had good looks,” Rasmussen said of game two. “It just wasn’t our day.”

Rasmussen is hoping the tough competition prepared Edmonds-Woodway for what is shaping up to be a challenging return to league play starting on the road Friday, Jan. 4, with a matchup against defending Wesco 3A champion Snohomish. Games against Arlington (Thursday, Jan. 10), Marysville-Getchell (Friday, Jan. 18) and Archbishop Murphy (Tuesday, Jan. 15) follow.

“We have a long, tough stretch,” Rasmussen said. “We’ve got our hands full.”

In the two tournament losses, the Warriors suffered some defensive lapses.

“We need to improve on our defense,” Rasmussen said.

Edmonds-Woodway struggled with rebounding, which in turn led to baskets by their opponents.

“We gave up too many second and third chances,” Rasmussen said. “If we limit their chances, we probably win both those games. … We’ve got some things we need to improve on.”

Rasmussen isn’t as concerned with the Warriors’ offense, which bounced back against Kentlake.

Poling is averaging a team-high 15 points per game with Fosberg at 10 and Dasalla-Good and Kearny each contributing about 9 points per game.

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