The biggest news coming out of the Edmonds-Woodway-vs.-Jackson girls basketball match-up wasn’t the team score, since the Warriors came away with an easy 64-51 win over the Timberwolves on Jackson’s home court. It was the individual performance of Angela Woods that deserved the most attention, as the senior scored 17 to push her past the 1,000-point mark.
“I don’t know of any player that has put up those kinds of numbers” said Warriors head coach Duane Hodges of Woods, who has now scored 1,007 career points during her three years of varsity basketball. Of her 17 points Friday night, five of eight came from behind the arc and Woods also made two free throws.
As a team against Jackson (5-6 in Wesco), Edmonds-Woodway’s scoring came from all directions except the free throw line. The fourth-ranked Warriors (11-0) shot 3 of 5 from the stripe compared to Jackson’s 15 of 21.
With Jackson pressuring the Warrior guards on top, E-W adjusted nicely with good ball movement into the paint. After several conversions on high-low passes and a few give-and-go drops to seniors Sydney Donaldson and Ashley Albertson, the Timberwolves had to retool their defensive game plan.
“We were able to run a few things tonight that we just learned in practice this week” said Hodges.
E-W came out with a quick lead at 11-3 half way into the first quarter. But it didn’t take long for the Timberwolves to step up the defensive pressure, and with 5:47 left in the half, Jackson’s Kelli Kingma knocked down two free throws to tie it up at 15-all. But after that, the game belonged the Warriors, as they put up long-distance scoring with a deep 3 from Woods and back-to-back 3s by Kasper with 2:01 left in the half.
Defensively, E-W showed impressive half-court pressure, protecting the paint with authority. The Warriors also created significant disruption in the back-court with nine steals. All of this proved to be too much for the Timberwolves, who would not score again in the half, and E-W went into the locker room with a 28-15 lead.
In the third quarter, Jackson made a quick first score but the Warriors responded immediately with two buckets, including another 3 from Kasper, causing the Timberwolves to take a timeout. When Woods drained a 3 with 5:14 remaining to cross the 1,000-point mark, it put the Warriors up 40-19. The only bright spot left in the third quarter for Jackson was a beautiful turnaround jump shot by Kingma, but missed free throws, soft passes and turnovers plagued the Timberwolves for the rest of the quarter.
With the Warriors leading 45-26 to start the fourth, Jackson made a run to close the gap, outscoring the Warriors 25 to 19 in the fourth, including a 10-3 run with 5:25 remaining. But E-W finished strong, coming away with a 64-51 win.
Albertson scored six points, pulled down seven rebounds and had three steals to dominate at both ends of the court. Donaldson made 9-of-12 inside the arc and pulled down seven rebounds.
Next week is finals week, so the Warriors don’t play again until Friday, Jan. 28, when they meet Mariner (2-8).
Edmonds-Woodway scoring: Madeline Kasper 11, Alex Kinney 6, Ashley Albertson 6, Sydney Donaldson 18, Angela Woods 17, Amia Nash 3, Seyi Olajoyegbe 2, Sidney Eck 1