Prep girls basketball preview: Young Warriors look to build on last year’s success

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Edmonds-Woodway High School Girls Basketball

2016-17 Season – 8-4 in 2A/3A Wesco League 16-7 overall

6th place in 2A/3A Wesco League

Head Coach: Jon Rasmussen

Key Losses: Missy Peterson, Kendra Cooper, Marivel Ortega, Emma Dickenson, Courtney Simpson

Key Returners: Adrienne Poling, Ingrid Fosberg, Maddie McMahon, AJ Martineau

In his first season as the head coach for the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors girls basketball team, long-time Wesco South coach Jon Rasmussen managed to overcome a devastating loss when star guard Missy Peterson’s season was cut short by an injury, and still lead his team to regionals. Unfortunately, the Warriors’ season was cut short by a 63-41 loss to West Seattle, just one win away from a berth into the state tournament.

This season, Rasmussen is settling into the Warriors job with a roster made up of five sophomores and six juniors. A young team, but a team with some experience — and talent. He lists everyone on the roster as a guard, and highlighted the return of Adrienne Poling, Ingrid Fosberg, Maddie McMahon, and AJ Martineau.

“No seniors (in the entire program),” Rasmussen said. “The future looks bright. They’re all juniors and sophomores and we have a great JV team too. We’ve got a couple players down there that could be playing up on varsity too. Our depth is good. Adrienne Poling, she’s one of our captains, along with Ingrid Fosberg and Maddie McMahon. AJ Martineu is my point guard. She does a great job out there.”

While from the outside looking in the roster appears young, many of the returners played significant minutes last season, establishing a foundation for this year. This is a team that aims to learn from the way that last season ended, and take that next step to return to the state tournament in Tacoma.

“We’ve set the goals high,” Rasmussen said. “We want to get to the Tacoma Dome. We know it’s an uphill battle. We want to do well in districts and we’d love to cut down the nets in the gym at Jackson High School in about three months. It’s a long battle, and we’re going to take our lumps, but I think if we learn and get better each game, we’ll be fine.”

The Warriors saw their first action Wednesday night against the 4A Jackson Timberwolves, and won the game 52-37. Their next contest will be Monday, Dec. 4, when they host the Juanita Rebels at Edmonds-Woodway High School, starting at 7:15 p.m.

— Story and photos by Scott Williams

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