The 3A Edmonds-Woodway Warriors took to the road for their season-opening game versus the Wesco 4A Jackson Timberwolves Wednesday night. The Warriors used good pressure defense and timely 3-point shooting to withstand a Timberwolves’ run, then pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 52-37 win at Henry M. Jackson High School.
Warriors head coach Jon Rasmussen brought a young team into this season opener — no seniors on the roster, and only two returning starters from a team that got to a regional playoff game a year ago. He was also unsure of how the relatively undersized team would do against a Jackson team that sports six players over 5 feet 10 inches tall.
Any doubts about their size or ability were answered early as the Warriors rushed out to an early 11-0 lead before Jackson’s 6-foot-1-inch forward Olivia Skibiel broke through for the Wolves for two of her game-high 20 points.
Edmonds-Woodway used full-court pressure on the Jackson guard bringing the ball down court, causing turnovers and ill-advised passes that turned into scoring opportunities for the Warriors.
The Warriors had a 14-7 lead after the first quarter, but in the second, Jackson’s Skibiel heated up — scoring on some strong moves inside and hitting two long 3-pointers to contribute to her 14 first-half points. The Wolves outscored the Warriors 13-11 in the quarter to cut the lead to just 5 points, 25-20, at halftime.
After the break, Jackson pulled to within two at 28-26, again with contributions from Skibiel.
That’s when Coach Rasmussen made the call to switch the Warriors’ defense to a box and one zone, placing a defensive specialist on Skibiel.
“We played man on her,” Rasmussen said. “Mia Dickenson is a great defensive stopper, and I also put in Brooke Kearney. They’re both like 5-6 and they were guarding a 6-footer, and they worked their tail off. That seemed to shut her down some, and before long we were back up by double digits. That was a big key.”
Offensively in the second half, Edmonds-Woodway was led by the shooting of Ingrid Fosberg, who had 13 points after the half, including three 3-pointers, and the work of point guard AJ Martineau. Marttineau dominated in the fourth quarter, taking care of the ball and creating offense by getting to the free throw line. She had 10 second-half points, 6 of which came from the charity stripe. Fosberg and Martineau had 23 of Edmonds-Woodway’s 27 points after halftime, compared to just 17 points for the entire Timberwolves team, cementing a 52-37 victory.
The Warriors’ next game will also be their first home game, when they host the Juanita Rebels Monday, Dec. 4 at Edmonds-Woodway High School. The game will start at 7:15 p.m.
Prep Girls Basketball: Edmonds-Woodway at Jackson, Nov. 29
Edmonds-Woodway 14 11 17 10 — 52
Jackson 07 13 08 09 —37
Edmonds-Woodway scoring: Ingrid Fosberg 18, AJ Martineau 14, Adrienne Poling 10, Maddie McMahon 5, Rebekah Dasalla-Good 3, Mia Dickenson 2
Jackson scoring: Olivia Skibiel 20, Alexa Martin 5, Sydney Carter 5, Lauren Schillberg 4, Jadyn Kinchen 3
Records: Edmonds-Woodway 0-0 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 1-0 overall; Jackson 0-0 in 4A Wesco League, 0-1 overall
Edmonds-Woodway next game: versus Juanita, Monday, Dec. 4, 7:15 p.m. at Edmonds-Woodway High School
— Story and photos by Scott Williams