After a chilly start in a cold gym, the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors turned up the defensive heat in the second quarter and came from behind to defeat the Stanwood Spartans 73-67 in a big Wesco League girls basketball encounter Wednesday at Edmonds-Woodway High School.
With the victory E-W lifted their overall record to 10-1 and kept pace with Snohomish and Shorecrest at the top of the 2A/3A Wesco League standings at 3-0.
The Warriors overcame an icy start in the tilt with Stanwood, falling behind 11-5 and then 17-11 in the early going. But after Spartan starter Madison Chisman was benched late in the first quarter for picking up her third foul, E-W went on a 15-1 run to grab a lead they would never relinquish.
E-W outscored the Spartans 17-8 in the decisive second quarter.
E-W held a 33-25 advantage at halftime, but saw that lead cut to just two points before going on a 12-4 run that ended with Ingrid Fosberg’s second 3-pointer of the third quarter, giving the Warriors a 45-35 lead on their way to the eight-point triumph.
Fosberg scored nine points for E-W, but it was sophomore AJ Martineau and junior Adrienne Poling that led the Warriors in scoring. Martineau converted 13 of 14 free throw attempts in the contest and scored 20 points; Poling also tallied 20 points in the win. Brooke Kearney chipped in 10 points.
The Spartans were led by the 24 points of Kaitlin Larson. Chisman, despite playing most of the game in foul trouble, contributed 16 points in the loss.
Stanwood, a 3A state tournament qualifier from last year and one of the early Wesco League favorites this season, fell to 2-1 in league play, but is still expected to be contender in postseason 3A district play next month. The Spartans’ previous three losses this year had all been to strong 4A teams.
Edmonds-Woodway will face another 2017 state tournament qualifier in their next game when they travel to Lynnwood High School on Friday, Jan. 5, for a matchup against the Royals. Tip-off is slated for 7:15 p.m.
Prep Girls Basketball: Stanwood at Edmonds-Woodway, Jan. 3
Stanwood 17 8 14 28 — 67
Edmonds 16 17 19 21 — 73
Edmonds-Woodway scoring: AJ Martineau 20, Adrienne Poling 20, Brooke Kearney 10, Ingrid Fosberg 9, Mia Dickenson 5, Rebekah Desalla-Good 7, Maddie McMahon 2
Stanwood scoring: Kaitlin Larson 24, Madison Chisman 16, Shelby Lund 7, Jillian Heichel 7, Ashley Alter 6, Kayla Frazier 3, Madison Plautz 2, Koa Beck 2
Records: Edmonds-Woodway 3-0 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 10-1 overall; Stanwood 2-1 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 6-4 overall
Edmonds-Woodway next game: versus Lynnwood, Friday, Jan. 5, 7:15 p.m. at Lynnwood High School
By Doug Petrowski