Girls basketball: Eck scores 25 as E-W rolls over Marysville-Pilchuck

The Edmonds-Woodway girls basketball team shot lights out and, led by senior post Sidney Eck’s 25 points, easily defeated Marysville-Pilchuck 72-38 in a Wesco non-conference game.

“For us, it’s about getting our defensive intensity,” said Warriors coach Rebekah Wells. “They were fired up to play. They haven’t played since Monday. We’ve been working on our defense, and a few of our plays are finally kicking in. And our passes were a lot better.”

The Warriors' Moni Jackson attempts a free throw during her team's 72-38 win over Marysville-Pilchuck Saturday night.

The Warriors’ Moni Jackson attempts a free throw during her team’s 72-38 win over Marysville-Pilchuck Saturday night.

The defense was good, but the shooting was better for the Warriors (5-2, 2-1), who made 55 percent of their shots (29-53), including 50 percent from 3-point range (8-16). Eck’s offensive skills were on full display, as she connected on several spin moves in the paint and threw in a few reverse layins that drew oohs and aahs from spectators.

“A lot of her plays worked really well,” said Wells. “We distributed the ball inside and passed it in well. We have plays designed for our post, but we’ve had trouble getting it in there. When we do, Sidney’s really dominant in there. She has great post moves, can put the ball in, and make her free throws if she gets fouled.”

The Warriors jumped out to a quick lead against the Tomahawks (3-4,1-0 in Wesco 3A North), grabbing the opening jump ball and scoring on a driving layin from freshman Sydney “Missy” Peterson. E-W quickly established their dominance, and midway in the first quarter held a 13-3 lead after junior guard Natalie Kasper drained a three-pointer. It was 27-5 at the end of the first quarter, and the Warriors led 39-11 at the half.

Coach Julie Martin and her Tomahawks played aggressive throughout, but were undone by single coverage in the paint, a loose defense and too many missed three-pointers (6-24) after not finding success near the basket. Marysville-Pilchuck shot 24 percent (13-54).

After Eck’s 25 points (and 5 rebounds), the Warriors were led by Mady Burdett’s 18 points, which came on 7-for-8 shooting, including swishing all four 3 pointers. She also dished out 5 assists and grabbed 3 rebounds. Kasper had 9 points, while junior guard Moni Jackson led the Warriors with 6 assists.

But, in the end, there was just too much Eck for the Tomahawks.

“I was telling her, demand the ball a bit more because she’s a presence,” said Wells. “When we get her into the game, people start guarding her a bit more and our outside shots hit a little bit more for us. We can shoot from anywhere. It’s about moving the ball for us. When we move the ball well, it just clicks.”

The Warriors’ next game is Jan. 2 at Kamiak High School.

– Story and photo by Brian Soergel

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