By Quint Turner
The Lady Mavs’ defense is an all-or-nothing one. They double-team any offensive player who has the ball in a corner or in the backcourt. For most teams, this defense makes the offense panic and give up easy turnovers for points, but Edmonds-Woodway didn’t worry during the annual rubber chicken match-up Saturday night. The Warriors shot 40 percent (10 for 25) from three-point range, in part because they got the ball away from double teams and into open shooters, like to freshman Natalie Kasper or her sister, senior Madeline Kasper, and came away with a 60-44 win.
Margreet Barhoum turned in another great performance for Meadowdale, putting up 22 points and leading all scorers.
The first part of the first quarter was all Warriors. They jumped out to a 10-0 lead, starting when Samone Jackson passed the ball inbounds from the corner, then got the ball right back and knocked down the first three of the game. The Mavs began their rally when Barhoum got back-to-back threes to make it 10-6, but the Warriors continued to get around the Maverick defense for open looks. After one quarter, it was 18-12 Edmonds-Woodway.
Barhoum tried to ignite the Maverick offense when she drove down the lane early in the second quarter, but E-W’s Mikenna Vogel was right there to knock her lay-up away. Then going back the other way, Natalie Kasper swished a deep 3 to make it 24-12. After another fruitless possession for the Mavs, Barhoum stole an E-W pass and took it the other way for the lay-in to make it 24-14 with 5:00 left.
The Mavs started to creep back in as Alisa Sagdahl hit a mid-range jumper, was fouled and sunk the free throw to make it 26-21 E-W. However, the Warriors scored seven points in the last minute, capped by Madeline Kasper draining a three as time expired to give E-W a 33-21 lead at the half.
The Mavs stopped their double teaming pressure for the most part in the third, instead opting for a man-to-man defense. But it was the Warriors whose defense continued to shine, as Sidney Eck swatted away a shot from Katie Rickel down low. Barhoum kept the Mavs in the game though, notching another 6-0 run to make it just 35-27. The Warriors responded when Jackson threw a great pass from the top of the key over everyone to Seyi Olajoyegbe for an easy lay-in. Barhoum came right back, knocking a pass away and taking it the other way for a breakaway lay-up, closing the score to 38-27 with 3:27 left. Still, the Warriors continued to score with little time in the quarter, as they pushed the score up to 46-33 at the end of three.
Barhoum once again came out hot in the fourth quarter, notching another steal that led to a breakaway for a lay-in and a free throw. The Mavs also switched back to their pressure D, but the Warriors showed no panic when everyone touched the ball before Olajoyegbe had an open lay-in despite the Mavs pressure, and it was 51-37.
The Mavs wouldn’t give up, however. After Meadowdale cut the lead to 12, Rickel came back on defense with Jackson driving the lane and swatted her lay-up away. The Mavs also had another big chance when Olajoyegbe fouled out with 4:47 to play, but the lead for the Warriors was 57-38 and it was too great for a comeback. The Warriors prevailed with a 60-44 win, with half their points coming on threes.
The Mavs fall to 0-3 (0-2 in league), with their next game against Marysville-Getchell at home, at 7:15 p.m. Monday. The Warriors improve to 2-2 (0-1 in league), and their next game is versus Issaquah, at Issaquah, at 7 p.m. Monday.
Editor’s note: Monday night’s E-W game will be broadcast live on Warrior Radio, with tip-off at 7 p.m.
Sports correspondent Quint Turner is a sophomore at Meadowdale High School.