Lady Warriors win battle of top Wesco teams, beat Lake Stevens 72-62

By Ian Waldron

It was a battle of the top two 4A girls basketball teams in Wesco, and Wesco South leader Edmonds-Woodway came out on top, defeating Lake Stevens High School 72-62 on the Vikings’ home court Tuesday night.

Both teams traded baskets on each of their first possessions, and that trend would continue for a majority of the night. Unfortunately for the Wesco North Vikings, several Edmonds-Woodway players got hot from the field in the second half and the Warriors built up a lead that their opponent could not overcome.

The Warriors had five players in double-figures, and were led by senior Sydney Donaldson and Angela Woods, who collected 20 and 15 points respectively.

Despite going 4-15 from the free throw line, the Warriors were able to convert on second-chance points and fast-break opportunities. However, rebounding on both sides of the floor troubled the Warriors throughout the night.

“Hats off to (Lake Stevens), they are so athletic,” said head coach Duane Hodges. “I wasn’t really worried about our shot selection. Our girls play really well when they’re loose, so I’m just going to let them huck it up.”

And “huck it up” they did. Donaldson and Woods each hit a pair of three-pointers, and Madeline Kasper also connected three times from beyond the arc.

“(We) are awfully good shooters, so we just need to shoot,” coach Hodges added about his squad. “Sooner or later they’re going to get hot, because the law of averages is going to catch up with them.

The Lady Warriors’ next game is at Monroe on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Edmonds-Woodway scoring: Kasper 10, Nash 4, Kenney 11, Olajoyegbe 0, Albertson 12, Donaldson 20, Woods 15.

My Edmonds News sports contributor Ian Waldron is a 2006 graduate of Edmonds-Woodway High School.

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