Warriors take control against Mavs in 3rd quarter | Girls basketball

By David Pan | Feb 01, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s A.J. Martineau drives to the hoop during the Warriors’ 45-34 win over Meadowdale Friday, Jan. 26, at Meadowdale High School. The Warriors improved to 16-2 overall

On a night when its shots weren’t falling, Edmonds-Woodway found another way to win.

The Warriors cranked up their defensive pressure in the third quarter and that in turn led to some easy buckets, as Edmonds-Woodway defeated district rival Meadowdale 45-34 in a Wesco 3A girls basketball game Friday, Jan. 26, at Meadowdale High School.

The Warriors shot only 21 percent, 7 for 33, on their 3-point shot attempts.

“We still found a way to win,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Jon Rasmussen said. “I thought our defense stepped up. Our offense was gone. We average over 60 points. We can only get 45. Obviously, we had to find another way to win and our defense did it.”

Neither team distinguished themselves on offense in a first quarter that saw Edmonds-Woodway take a 7-4 advantage. The Warriors (9-1 in the league. 16-2 overall) headed into halftime with a 23-19 lead.

This season Edmonds-Woodway had developed the reputation of being a team that puts its opponent away in the third quarter and Friday night was no exception.

The Warriors used an 11-3 run at the start of the period to take a 34-22 lead. Edmonds-Woodway ended up outscoring Meadowdale 16-8 and headed into the final period ahead 39-27.

“Our whole thing this entire year has been to come out strong in the third quarter,” junior Adrienne Poling said. “We have gotten most of our victories in the third quarter. Even though we weren’t shooting well, we were driving really well and we got some fast layups on them and got ahead.”

Rasmussen is both pleased and a little perplexed at how well the Warriors come out after halftime.

“It’s kind of a known fact that we love the third quarter,” he said. “I wish all the quarters could be that good.”

E-W’s defense in the third quarter helped fuel the offense.

“All season it’s just been a defensive game that we’re playing,” Poling said. “Our defense creates our offense.”

Poling finished with a game-high 18 points. Ingrid Fosberg scored 9 points and A.J. Martineau had 7 points. Lilly Williams and Alicia Morrison each scored 10 points for Meadowdale (3-6, 6-11).

“Even though our shots weren’t falling the whole game, we kept moving the ball and getting the open shots,” Poling said.

Meadowdale coach Caitlyn Houvener said that the Mavericks’ inability to take care of the ball in the third quarter played the major role in the loss.

“We just turned the ball over way too many times and it was a little frustrating because we talked about it in the locker room – taking care of the basketball, coming out with confidence,” she said. “We did the complete opposite and we dug ourselves a hole and we we couldn’t get out of it.”

Houvener was pleased with the Mavericks’ defensive effort. Forty-five points was the lowest output by the Warriors this season.

“Our defense looked good tonight,” Houvener said. “We’ve been working really hard on it. The girls are playing well together. We’re kind of coming together and jelling. To keep a team like Edmonds-Woodway in the 40s, I felt that was really positive. … If we had taken care of the basketball and got a few more opportunities to score ourselves, then things might have turned out a little different tonight.”

With the district playoffs looming, Rasmussen is hoping Friday night’s shooting woes are history.

“It wasn’t our night. We held them to 32 points, so I can’t complain,” he said. “You are going to have those nights. I’d rather get them out of our system. The girls are playing hard and we’re having a great season.”

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