In a week that, by the end, may lead the team to think they have run a marathon, the Edmonds-Woodway Lady Warriors stumbled coming out of the gate.
After leading by 11 points early in the fourth quarter, the Warriors lost their shooting touch and couldn’t slow down the charging Juanita Rebels, ultimately falling to the visitors from Kirkland 58-54 in a non-league match-up played Monday at Edmonds-Woodway High School.
The contest was the first of four that the Edmonds-Woodway girls have this week, with games also scheduled on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6, 8 and 9.
After building up a 47-36 lead early in the fourth quarter, E-W let the Rebels climb back into the game with an 11-0 run over three-and-a-half minutes to tie the contest 47-47. After the Warriors jumped back out to a five-point lead, Juanita closed out the clash by outscoring E-W 11-2 in the final 2:45 to claim the victory.
The Warriors had no answer for the Rebels’ 6-foot junior post player Lexi Intong, who scored eight of her 10 game points in the decisive fourth quarter. Intong scored all of her fourth-quarter points in the lane, including a short jumper off an inbounds play with just over a minute to go that gave the Rebels a 55-54 lead — a lead they would not relinquish.
Juanita’s Brandi White led the Rebels in scoring with 21 points; Jayla Kidd added 12 points in the win.
E-W Head Coach Jon Rasmussen was disappointed with his team’s fourth-quarter collapse, but also pointed to his squad’s off-shooting night as a reason for the defeat.
“We’re a good shooting team and we’re going to live and die off the 3 (point shot),” Rasmussen said. “Tonight we died — we only made three.”
Adrienne Poling, Maddie McMahon and Rebekah Dasalla-Good each tallied one 3-pointer in the game, but it wouldn’t be enough for the Warriors to overcome the Rebels.
Ingrid Fosberg scored 16 points for E-W in the loss; Poling contributed 15 points.
Rasmussen wasn’t ready to see the game as a defining testament of where his squad stands overall. “It’s a little too early in the season to evaluate where we are as a team,” he said.
E-W will play a road game on Wednesday at King’s, return home for Meadowdale on Friday, and hit the road again on Saturday for a clash against Holy Names Academy.
“Four games in a week is going to be really tough – and they’re all good teams,” Rasmussen noted. “King’s is going to want to knock off a 3A team; Friday, the Rubber Chicken night, is a rivalry game; and Holy Names on Saturday.”
Prep Girls Basketball: Juanita at Edmonds-Woodway, Dec. 4
Juanita 16 8 12 22 — 58
E-W 15 12 18 9 — 54
Edmonds-Woodway scoring: Ingrid Fosberg 16, Adrienne Poling 15, AJ Martineau 9, Maddie McMahon 9, Rebekah Dasalla-Good 3, Brooke Kearney 2, Mia Dickenson, Sophia Pellegrini, Meghan Ashe, Jadyn Waram
Juanita scoring: Brandi White 21, Jayla Kidd 12, Lexi Intong 10, Taylor Byrne 5, Hannah Kleppe 4, Chelsea Hill 4, Kiersten Casper 2, Hannah Huff, Chelsea Hill, Julia Ryan, Tara Rouholfada
Records: Edmonds-Woodway 0-0 in Wesco League, 1-1 overall; Juanita 0-1 in KingCo Conference, 2-1 overall
Edmonds-Woodway next game: versus King’s, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6:45 p.m. at Kings High School in Shoreline
— By Doug Petrowski