E-W girls, boys in basketball playoff double-header Thursday

warrior-logoThe Edmonds-Woodway girls and boys basketball teams are both in action Thursday night as they travel to Mountlake-Terrace High, playing for the third spot out of District 1. The girls play at 6 p.m. against Monroe, followed by the boys’ 8 p.m. tilt with the Panthers from Snohomish.

Both teams are 2-1 in the postseason. The girls’ game is actually a re-match of their first round game with the Bearcats, a game that saw a short-handed Warrior squad go on the road and come away with a tough, 45-35 victory. Both Natalie Kasper and Claire Fyfe were unable to suit up for E-W in that game. The two teams played earlier in the regular season with the Warriors taking the home game, 59-45. Senior Sidney Eck was the scoring leader in both those contests, followed by Moni Jackson and Mady Burdett.

The Lady Warriors’ other playoff games included a loss to top-ranked Lynnwood and Tuesday’s road win at Snohomish. Monroe responded from a first-round loss to Lynnwood by winning two straight games, first over Lake Stevens and then an upset at Jackson.

The Edmonds-Woodway boys, meanwhile, lost an earlier regular season game against the Panthers, falling 55-50 in Snohomish. Travis Bakken had 21 points for E-W, but the rest of the team didn’t fare as well. The Warriors only had seven players suit up in that game. “I really want to get to Saturday,” said Warrior coach Steve Call, knowing that Thursday’s winner will play again Saturday night. The loss to Snohomish is one of only three the Warriors have had since the new year began, having gone 12-4 over that stretch.

The Warriors opened the playoffs with a home victory over Mount Vernon, then fell to Arlington in the second round. Tuesday’s victory over Cascade secured E-W’s spot in the game. Bakken has been a consistent force in all three games for the Warriors, scoring 18, 15 and 17. Fellow senior Jason Smarr has scored 26 points in each of the victories.

Thursday’s winners of both the boys and girls games advance to a ”cross-over” game against the third team out of the Kingco conference tournament, with the winners of those games going to the State 4A tournament. The Warriors would play host in either or both of those games. If the girls and boys both win Thursday, it will be another double-header, at home.

Sound Live Sports Network will broadcast both games on Thursday night, with pre-game starting at 5:55 p.m.

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