Warriors drop first game of state tournament, 61-52; play at 2 p.m. Friday

Ashley Albertson goes for the ball as Amia Nash and Angela Woods look on during Thursday's opening round game. Albertson scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds. (Photos by Char Blankenship)

(Updated with photos, quotes)

Plagued by shooting woes, Edmonds-Woodway dropped the first game of the state girls 4A basketball tournament Thursday night, losing 61-52 to Spokane’s Lewis & Clark in the Tacoma Dome. The Warriors now face Bellarmine Prep in the consolation bracket, playing at 2 p.m. in a loser-out game on Friday.

“We missed free throws and lay-ins, the bane of successful basketball,” said  E-W Coach Duane Hodges. “If we had just shot our normal percentages, it would have been a different game.”

The Warriors started strong, grabbing a quick 9-4 lead in the first period. But with 3:41 left, the Tigers took a timeout and came roaring back, closing to within two — 13-11 — at the end of one, and leading by seven — 33-26 — at half-time. Ashley Albertson, who led the Warriors with 19 points and 12 rebounds, also was in foul trouble early, picking up her fourth at the start of the third period. She stayed on the bench until early in the fourth.

Madeline Kasper and Angela Woods hit back-to-back 3s early in the third, tying the game at 34 with 5:59 in the third quarter, and another basket by Woods gave the Warriors a 36-34 lead. Unfortunately for E-W, it was their last lead of the game, as Lewis & Clark built a 43-37 advantage by the end of the third and never looked back.

Coach Duane Hodges talks strategy with his team during a timeout Thursday.

The Lady Warriors were also hurt by poor free throw shooting, making just 5 of 18 from the line. In contrast, the Tigers hit 20 of 29.

Kasper scored 11 for the game, but the normally hot-shooting Woods was held to 3-for-14 from the field and 1-for-7 from the three-point line.

Edmonds-Woodway scoring: Ashley Albertson 19, Madeline Kasper 11, Angela Woods 9, Sydney Donaldson 5, Alex Kenney 5, Amia Nash 3

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