Edmonds-Woodway Coach Duane Hodges was able to play deeper from the bench Friday night as the E-W girls notched a 66-44 victory over Stanwood on the Warriors’ home court.
EW got off to a moderate start, scoring 13 in the first quarter while Stanwood could only knock down two shots to get five points on the board in the opening period.
The second quarter was more productive for the Spartans, but things started heating up for the Warriors too. By the middle of the period, E-W’s shots started to fall and the Warriors led Stanwood 35-18 at the half. Amia Nash and Seyi Olajoyegbe came off the bench late in the first quarter to start the rotation off the floor. Sydney Eck saw time in the second quarter and contributed by shooting a perfect four points at the free throw line.
Defensively, the Warriors were hot and cold. The Spartans were consistently turned away and had the ball taken when they attempted to gain entry through the top, but were able to penetrate from the wing and through a couple of sneak attacks along the baseline.
In addition to asking Nash, Olajoyegbe and Eck to help carry the load, Hodges was able to also bring in Awa Marenahan and Falanika Tuuamalemalo for some much-needed minutes. In addition to maintaining a strong lead in the second half, Hodges said his goal for his team — which placed fifth at the State 4A basketball tournament last year with no seniors — was simple: “to get the experience for the bench for State.”
Angela Woods finished with 17 points, shooting 43 percent from both the inside and the 3-point line. It was a slow start for Woods, who missed two initial offerings from the 3-point line, but as the number-four scorer in Wesco — averaging 15.5 points per game — it was just a matter of time before she found the net.
Madeline Kasper also shot very well from the outside, hitting a perfect 3 for 3 that including a deep bomb that barely moved the net in the middle of the fourth quarter. She then followed up with a defensive tip that led to a Stanwood turnover and an E-W fast break.
In the second half, EW only outscored Stanwood by two, 31-29. The Spartans whittled away at a 44-22 deficit and got the lead down to 13, with several points coming from the free-throw line. But the Warrior defense stepped up the intensity and quickly the momentum shifted back to the Warriors.
The Warriors are now 9-0 in the league and 13-3 overall, including a win against the highly-touted Melbourne Tigers from Australlia in December. Next week, they meet Snohomish at home Wednesday and then play at Jackson on Friday. Stanwood came to Friday’s game with an overall 10-3 record, but all 32 minutes of this game belonged to E-W.
Edmonds-Woodway scoring: Madeline Kasper 9, Sidney Eck 6, Seyi Olajoyegbe 4, Ashley Albertson 3, Amia Nash 2, Angela Woods 17, Alex Kenney 15, Sydney Donaldson 10, Adama Marenah 0, Awa Marenah 0, Falanika Tuuamalemalo 0