Girls basketball preview: New Warriors coach inherits seasoned squad

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Senior post Sidney Eck returns for her fourth varsity season.

Edmonds Woodway’s girls basketball team began its season Wednesday night on a positive note with a 68-61 win at Issaquah. New head coach Rebekah Wells will guide this year’s team through a tough Wesco South league. Last year’s league leaders — Lynnwood and Jackson — are bringing back the majority of their players from a year ago. Jackson figures to benefit greatly from UW signee Kelli Kingma’s return following a season-ending knee injury and Lynnwood will be showcasing the Edwards sisters, Jordan and Jasmin, for their senior season.

Wells inherits a seasoned squad with eight returning letter earners, including all five starters. Senior post Sidney Eck will control the paint in her fourth varsity season, with help inside from Clair Fyfe and Lea Bakken. Junior Moni Jackson will run the point, flanked on the wings by Kate Wooley, Mady Burdett, Natalie Kasper and Maddy Nealey. Freshman Sydney Peterson will play multiple roles. According to Wells, Peterson “is well rounded, can attach the basket and doesn’t play like a freshman.”

Wells says she is planning on a different style of offense than her predecessor Duane Hodges, emphasizing moving more without the ball and less reliance on the three pointer. That said, she says she will “take advantage of our outstanding group of outside shooters.” That group is headed by Kasper, who last year once hit 8 three-pointers in just one half.

In addition to Lynnwood and Jackson, Wells sees Arlington and Lake Stevens as other threats. Scheduling highlights include the games with Jackson and Lynnwood, and of course this Saturday’s “rubber chicken” rivalry with Meadowdale in the Edmonds-Woodway gym. Here’s the complete schedule:

Dec 4 @Issaquah (W 68-61)

Dec 7 vs Meadowdale (5:15 p.m.) Broadcast on the Sound Live Sports Network

Dec 10 @ Mountlake Terrace

Dec 13 vs Jackson

Dec 18 @Lynnwood  Broadcast on the Sound Live Sports Network

Dec 20 Mariner

Dec 28 Marysville-Pilchuk (5 p.m.)

Dec 31 @Seattle Prep (3 p.m.)

Jan 2 @Kamiak

Jan 4 vs Cascade

Jan 9 @Arlington

Jan 13 Snohomish

Jan 15 @Mount Vernon

Jan 17 @Lake Stevens

Jan 22 Monroe

Jan 24 @Jackson

Jan 29 vs Lynnwood

Jan 31 @Mariner

Feb 3 Kamiak

Feb 5 @Cascade

Postseason to follow if qualified. Those games will also be broadcast on the Sound Live Sports Network.

– By Jeff Smarr

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