Fans attending the Edmonds-Woodway girls basketball game Wednesday night may have wondered if the full moon had anything to do with uncharacteristically slow, low-scoring game, which the normally fast-paced Warriors ended up winning 49-31. But Coach Duane Hodges had a better explanation: “Snohomish is notorious for slowing things down and controlling the pace.”
At the end of the first quarter, E-W had knocked down only 12 points while the Panthers were unable to do anything other than fumble and turn the ball over, and didn’t put points on the board until the second quarter.
And in the second quarter, Snohomish — which entered the contest with a three-game winning streak –came alive, outscoring the Warriors 17-9 and going into the locker room at the half time down just four points, 21-17. Any E-W attempt to balance the scoring was completely unsuccessful, as 18 of the Warriors’ 21 first-half points came from seniors Ashley Albertson and Sydney Donaldson.
When the team returned to the floor for the third quarter, the crowd was ready to see the Warriors pull away from Snohomish and secure a strong lead. But it would be over three minutes into the third quarter before E-W could add points on the board, and the Warriors finished the period with only nine points — five of those coming from Alex Kinney and four from Donaldson.
And the scoring news did not improve for the rest of the contest, as the Snohomish 2-3 zone created a lot of duress on shooters at the wings, especially on E-W sharp-shooter Angela Woods, who went scoreless for the night. “I have never even imagined a situation where Angela gets shut out,” Hodges said.
Next up for the league-leading Warriors is a contest against second-place Jackson High School on the Timberwolves’ home court Friday night. “We’ll need to focus on containing their freshman guards, and then we have to deal with all-league Kristen Stoffel,” Hodges said.
Edmonds-Woodway scoring: Madeline Kasper 1, Alex Kinney 7, Ashley Albertson 14, Sydney Donaldson 18, Amia Nash 5, Sidney Eck 4