Lady Warriors move on to next round with 52-34 win over Auburn-Riverside

Members of Edmonds-Woodway's girls basketball celebrate Friday night after beating Auburn-Riverside 52-34 in the first round of the Hardwood Classic State Basketball Championships at Jackson High School. (Photo by Char Blankenship)

The third time was a charm for Edmonds-Woodway’s girls basketball team Friday, as they beat defending state champions Auburn-Riverside 52-34 after losing to the Ravens twice in the past year.

The win puts the Lady Warriors (23-4) into Saturday’s winner-to-the-Tacoma-Dome game against Kentwood, with tip-off at 1 p.m. at Jackson High School.

E-W got off to a shaky start, committing eight turnovers and scoring only four points in the first quarter, which head Coach Duane Hodges attributed to nervous energy.

“The girls were a little amped at first but when they relaxed we obviously did quite well,” Hodges said.

The Warriors were down 16-13 at halftime, but made up for lost time and missed points in the third quarter. They took a 23-22 lead on Sydney Donaldson’s layin wih 4:29 to go in third, followed by consecutive three-pointers from Madeline Kasper, Alex Kenney and Angela Woods. At the end of the third, E-W had a 37-26 lead.

Kasper (eight points total on the night) was able to play despite being sick with  “a temperature of over 100,” Hodges said. “You would never know.”

Donaldson (20 points and 12 rebounds) led the way for Edmonds-Woodway and her work on the boards — combined with 10 rebounds from Woods — helped the Warriors outrebound Auburn-Riverside 44-25.

Edmonds-Woodway scoring: Madeline Kasper 8, Sidney Eck 0, Amia Nash 0, Alex Kenney 5, Ashley Albertson 11, Sydney Donaldson 20, Angela Woods 8

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