By Quint Turner
The Edmonds-Woodway Warriors won the annual Rubber Chicken Trophy for the fourth year in a row against their rivals, the Meadowdale Mavericks. The trophy was awarded to the Warriors after they had beaten the Mavericks in four of the six basketball games on Saturday, as well as beating the Mavs in the Rubber Chicken toss — involving a rubber chicken flung via slingshot at a bullseye on the gym wall — at halftime twice. The Warriors swept both the varsity basketball games, and split the C-Team and JV games. The boys’ varsity team won by a score of 65-44 while the girls won 65-56.
The boys varsity played first. The Mavs got a 2-0 lead to start the game when Charlie White scored a lay-in, and from then on, it was all Edmonds-Woodway. The Warriors went on a 15-0 run thanks to a number of factors, the biggest one being when Maverick Jacob Perkins, the team’s leading scorer against Lynnwood as well as the tallest player on the team, got two quick fouls and the Mavs lost all paint presence on offense and defense. The Mavs could no longer get the ball down low, and were forced to take long jumpshots that didn’t go in. On the other side, the Warriors took advantage of the defensive hole and got the ball into the paint and took simple lay-ins to get their points. The Mavs did manage to get a three to fall with 10 seconds left in the quarter when Aidan O’Neill stepped up, but the Mavs were down 15-5 at the end of the quarter.
The Warriors continued in the second quarter where they left off in the first. Jason Smarr dropped a dime to Luke Langdale as he came into the lane, and Langdale scored a lay-in to make it 17-5. In response, White drove into the lane and scored a lay-in while also getting fouled. He hit the free throw to complete the three-point play, and the Mavs were only down 17-8. The Warriors immediately went on a 10-0 run to make it 27-8. Once again, the team used the paint to score most of their points on the run. The best play was when Devin Joseph stole the ball at half court and then beat the Maverick defense on the breakaway for a lay-in.
O’Neill broke up the run with another three to get the score to 27-11, but the Mavs continued to struggle until halftime, with the Warriors up 33-16.
At halftime, MHS Vice Principal Mrs. Tillman faced off against EWHS Principal Mrs. Mickelson in the first round of the Rubber Chicken Toss. Mrs. Mickelson hit the target once while Mrs. Tillman failed to hit the target in her three tries, and Edmonds- Woodway won the first round of the toss.
The Mavs came out swinging in the second half. They scored 17 points in the third quarter alone, out-scoring their offense for the first half. They started attacking the basket, getting the ball to their big men and driving into the paint. Still, the Warriors were no slouches. Joseph earned three points when he hit a lay-in while being fouled, then got a free throw to make it 36-16 at the start of the third. Perkins came back in for the Mavs, and hit a putback to cut the deficit to 40-24 with 5:00 left in the quarter. Joseph responded by going through the entire Maverick defense en route to an easy lay-in, making it 44-28 with 3:30 left. The Mavs started to try the full court press to force some turnovers and get back in the game, but the Warriors were passing the ball quick enough to get around the pressure. The quarter ended after Ibro Polovino scored a three-point play to make it 56-33, Warriors.
The Warriors did a great job of just staying the course in the fourth. The Mavs never got any closer than 20 points, no matter how hard they tried to get stops on defense. The stat that told the story of the game was that the Mavericks shot 5 of 31 from behind the three-point line, which meant that they were taking contested shots that they didn’t want to take, and that they weren’t getting into the paint enough. The Warriors played their zone defense to perfection throughout the game, and allowed the Mavs to take these bad shots. The Warriors closed out the game by a score of 65-44.
With the loss, the Mavs fall to 1-1 on the year. The next game for the Mavericks is Monday at home against Mariner, at 7:15 p.m. As for the Warriors, they improve to 1-1, and their next game is next Friday against Jackson at home, at 7:15.
Meadowdale Scorers: Charlie White 13; Collin Costello 3; Aaron Gurley 2; Jacob Perkins 13; Griffin Over 3; Aidan O’Neill 6; Caleb Tingstad 4
Edmonds-Woodway Scorers: Devin Joseph 11; Brad Rice 4; Luke Langdale 8; Tate Budnick 7; Sam Wooley 2; Theo Lebesis 2; Ibro Polovino 6; Jason Smarr 9; Travis Bakken 14; Henry Olsen 2
In the girls’ varsity game, the story was Edmonds-Woodway’s good three-point shooting was the story. The Warriors shot 10 of 29 from beyond the arc, while going 6 of 9 in the first quarter. They took a 17-point lead after the first quarter, and then never let up. The Mavs looked pretty good after losing their first game of the season by 45 points against Lynnwood, but they weren’t able to make up the early deficit and lost by a score of 65-58.
The first shot of the game was a three-pointer by Moni Jackson to give the Warriors a quick 3-0 lead. After Jackson hit a second three-pointer, Mackenzie Bretz got the Mavs on the scoreboard with a three-point play of her own — a lay-in, a foul and a free throw. Jackson hit a third in a row, and then Natalie Kasper hit a three right after to give the Warriors a 12-3 lead. Bretz drove through the defense in response and hit a lay-in, but the Mavs were still down 14-5 with 3:00 left. The Warriors hit two more three pointers in the last three minutes and jumped out to a 25-8 lead at the end of the quarter.
The Mavs hit their first three of the game when Madison Parker got open and swished a shot from beyond the arc to make it 25-12. E-W’s Mady Burdett looked at that shot, said “Oh yeah?” and then hit a three of her own as the shot clock expired to make it 28-12. The Mavs’ Julianne Kossian responded with a three to lessen the gap to just 11 points, but Kasper hit another three to make it 31-17.
The Mavs then went on a quick 8-0 run to get the team within eight points with 1:00 left in the half. The Warriors ended the run when Maddy Nealy hit Kasper going into the lane, and Kasper made an easy lay-in, restoring E-W’s lead to 10 points. Alyssa Reuble kept the Mavs in it when she got a steal at halfcourt and went on a breakaway. She hit the lay-in, and the Mavs were down 35-27. The half ended with the Warriors up 37-29.
At the second round of the Rubber Chicken Toss, the two schools’ Class Vice Presidents faced off. Edmonds-Woodway won the toss once again, as the VP hit the bullseye on the first try and Meadowdale’s VP was unable to respond with one of her own.
The Warriors cooled down in the third quarter, allowing the Mavericks to narrow the gap some more. Sara Fjortoft drove into the paint and then dished out to Tianna Nugent for an easy jumper to make it 39-31 E-W. Back the other way, Kasper made a crazy one-handed lay-in to extend the E-W lead to 10 once again. A few minutes later, the Mavericks got within seven points of the Warriors when Parker hit a three to make it 45-38. The Mavs narrowed the deficit even further before the quarter ended, and E-w held only a 46-41 lead as the teams went into the fourth.
In the final quarter, the Mavs got within one point of the Warriors when Reuble hit a lay-in after driving through the Warrior defense, making it 46-45. Jackson responded with another three to give her team some breathing room at 49-45 Warriors with 6:00 left in the game. Soon after, the Warriors switched from their man-to-man defense to a full court press to try to prevent the Mavs from coming back in. It seemed to work a bit, but the main thing that happened in the fourth was the Warriors’ offense hitting most of their free throws to close out the game. The team shot 13 of 21 from the charity stripe and the defense prevented the Mavs from getting much closer. E-W won by a score of 65-58.
With the loss, the Mavs fall to 0-2, and their next game is Wednesday at home against Cascade, at 7:15 p.m. As for the Warriors, they go to 1-1 and play Tuesday at home vs. Mountlake Terrace.
Meadowdale Scorers: Sara Fjortoft 2; Kearstin Franco 2; Tianna Nugent 8; Alyssa Reuble 11; Julianne Kossian 6; Mackenzie Bretz 10; Madison Parker 6; Ndey Sonko 9
Edmonds-Woodway Scorers: Kate Wooley 8; Mady Burdett 10; Sidney Eck 8; Natalie Kasper 17; Maddy Nealy 2; Claire Fyfe 2; Moni Jackson 16; Seyi Olajoyegbe 2
Sports correspondent Quint Turner is a student at Meadowdale High School.