The Edmonds-Woodway Warriors girl basketball team overcame a slow start, found their shooting touch in the second half and earned themselves a chance at qualifying for the 3A state tournament.
The Warriors came from behind to defeat the Snohomish Panthers 53-45 in a District 1 3A Girls Basketball Tournament loser-out game played Thursday at Mountlake Terrace High School.
With the win, E-W will move into the district tourney 3rd place/loser-out game on Saturday, Feb. 17, against the Lynnwood Royals; the winner of the contest will advance to the regional round of the WIAA 3A State Girls Basketball Tournament to be played Feb. 23 or 24.
Early in their match-up with the district tournament No.-1 seed Panthers, the Warriors looked as though they might be the ones to have their season end on Thursday. In the first quarter, E-W went 2-for-10 shooting from the field, committed three turnovers and finished the period with just five points.
The second quarter wasn’t much better for the Warriors, who were 2-for-12 from the field. But six points from the free throw line kept the team within distance of Snohomish at halftime.
Edmonds-Woodway trailed at the break 21-17.
“I thought we played one of our worst halves offensively, (yet) we were only down by four points,” said E-W Coach Jon Rasmussen of this team’s first-half performance. “We can shoot the lights out and I knew once we could finally tie them or catch them, we had it.”
The Warriors were able to knot the game at 24-24 on an Ingrid Fosberg 3-pointer with 5:19 to go in the third quarter. After the teams took turns holding the lead, E-W took the advantage for good on another Fosberg 3 late in the quarter, then held off the Panthers throughout the fourth to claim the victory.
While Fosberg tallied 11 points in the game for E-W, it was Adrienne Poling who led the team in scoring with 18 points. Brooke Kearney chipped in 13 points, including a 6-for-6 effort from the foul line in the game’s final 40 seconds to preserve the victory.
The district tourney third-place game will be a third meeting between the Warriors and the Royals this season, with each team winning one of the previous contests. Lynnwood’s victory over E-W came in the district tourney’s opening game for both squads on Feb. 8, setting up a three-game gauntlet for the Warriors to conquer in order to get a berth in the regionals next weekend.
E-W defeated Ferndale on Tuesday prior to the team’s win over Snohomish on Thursday.
“We’re two-thirds of the way down the road, but we’ve got one more before we get there,” Rasmussen said.
To view the entire District 1 3A Girls Basketball Tournament bracket, click www.wescoathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2480&sport=12.
Prep Girls Basketball: Edmonds-Woodway vs. Snohomish, Feb. 15 (District 1 3A Girls Basketball Tournament loser-out game)
Snohomish 11 10 12 12 — 45
Edmonds 5 12 20 16 — 53
Edmonds-Woodway scoring: Adrienne Poling 18, Brooke Kearney 13, Ingrid Fosberg 11, Rebekah Dasalla-Good 7, AJ Martineau 4, Mia Dickenson, Maddie McMahon, Kristen Reijonen
Snohomish scoring: Kyra Beckman 18, Courtney Perry 8, Lexi Sunagel 6, Sam Beeman 4, Maya DuChesne 3, Morgan Marshall 3, Jaydn Mueller 3, Kaylin Beckman, Bree Nichols
Records: Edmonds-Woodway 20-3 overall; Snohomish 19-4 overall
Edmonds-Woodway next game: versus Lynnwood, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. at Jackson High School in Mill Creek (District 1 3A Girls Basketball Tournament third-place game – winner to Regional, loser-out)
— By Doug Petrowski