Edmonds-Woodway’s Lady Warriors gave up the first basket of the game Wednesday night, but went on to score 20 of the next 23 points in the first quarter ending the frame up 20-6 on their way to a 59-45 victory over the Monroe Bobcats. Mady Burdett, Sidney Eck and Moni Jackson led a balanced scoring attack in the quarter, scoring five points apiece.
The Warriors’ first basket came on a long three from Burdett. Jackson then found Eck in transition for an easy two. “We’ve really been working on our transition game,” Eck said. “Trying to take advantage of our speed.” Following a charge on Monroe, Eck again scored inside, this time on a dish from Maddy Nealey. Jackson then drove the lane, converting a bank shot and on the next possession she was fouled, making one of two free throws to give E-W a 10-6 lead.
Natalie Kasper scored her first two points of the night, making both free throw attempts after being hacked on a fast break lay-in attempt. The Warriors continued to run the break well with Burdett and Missy Peterson scoring back-to-back buckets in transition. Jackson stole the ball, made the lay-in and then as time was expiring, she found Eck underneath, giving the Warriors their final points of the first period.
The second period was more of the same as Eck, Jackson and Burdett scored 16 of E-W’s 20 points, with Jackson adding seven, ending the first half with 13. Eck and Burdett each had 10 at the break with Burdett making a three-pointer as the half ended. Claire Fyfe also added a three for the Warriors. At the half, E-W was ahead 40-24.
The third period was slower for both teams as Monroe and E-W scored only a combined 17 points. Eck made seven of the Warriors’ nine points, including a reverse lay-in while getting fouled. Eck would go on to convert the free throw. “Being at home really helps,” said Eck of playing in the Edmonds-Woodway gym. “We’ve spend the past two or three weeks working on getting it into the post, and it’s starting to pay off.”
While the Warriors’ offense slowed in the second half, their defense picked up. The fourth quarter saw the Bobcats held to 10 point. Jordyn Turner continued to be Monroe’s only threat as she would end up with 15 total points, including eight in the fourth quarter to lead the Bobcats.
Eck finished with 19 to lead the Warriors and all scorers. Jackson and Burdett were next with 13 each.
The win keeps the Warriors safely in line for the playoffs as they prepare for a re-match this Friday at Jackson. E-W overcame a 20-point halftime deficit the first time the two teams played to come away with the win. “We know they are really strong on the 3,” said Eck of Jackson. “We’re working on trying to stop that.”
Warriors scoring: Kate Wooley 2, Mady Burdett 13, Sidney Eck 19, Natalie Kasper 5, Claire Fyfe 3, Moni Jackson 13, Missy Petersen 4, Maddy Nealey, Leah Bakken, Victoria Lebesis, Allie Browning.
— By Jeff Smarr