Strong free-throw shooting down the stretch helped the Lady Warriors overcome a 30-24 third-quarter deficit and defeat defending state 4A champions Lewis and Clark High School of Spokane 42-39 Thursday night in Edmonds. E-W shot 80 percent from the foul line, with two players — Seyi Olajoyegbe and Natalie Kasper — a perfect 4-for-4.
Head Coach Duane Hodges said he was pleased with the tenacity of his young squad (featuring just one senior and boasting two freshmen and a sophomore in the starting lineup) which lost to the Tigers in the first round of the state playoffs last year. While both teams graduated many of their key players, the contest was expected to be a tough match-up given the Tigers’ legacy as a perennial state championship team, and the Warriors’ two straight years of state appearances. In addition, E-W was coming off an overtime win over Shorecrest Tuesday night, handing the Scots their first defeat of the year.
Natalie Kasper (14 points) and Samone Jackson (9 points) were named the Revelations Yogurt co-players of the game for their performances.
Remember that you can listen to the archive of the game — as well as other past EWHS girls and boys basketball games — on Warrior Radio.
The next game for the Lady Warriors will be against Lake Stevens at home in a Wesco league contest next Tuesday night, with a 7:15 p.m. tip-off.