Meadowdale and Edmonds-Woodway had their traditional rubber chicken rivalry games on Saturday, with the Warriors coming out on top 58-42 in the girls’ game and the Mavericks following with a 62-54 victory over Edmonds-Woodway in the boys match-up.
In the girls’ game, Mackenzie Bretz led all scorers with 16 points, but Mady Burdett, Natalie Kaspar and Maddy Nealey all scored more than 10 in the win. As for the boys’ game, Barrett Carlow scored 19 and Jacob Perkins got 15 points and 15 rebounds in the winning effort.
Early in the game, the Warriors went on an 8-0 run. Meadowdale’s Ndey Sonko hit a lay-in to break it up, but the Warriors never looked back after that. E-W hit threes all night, going 9 for 22. The first one came with 4:00 left in the first quarter, when Kaspar stepped up and knocked it down. Moni Jackson hit one 30 seconds later to make it 17-5 and the 9-0 run was eventually ended when the Mavs’ Alexandria Steen hit a lay-in to make it 20-7 with 2:00 left. The first quarter ended with the Warriors up 22-9.
In the second quarter, the Warriors picked up where they left off, as Kate Wooley made a three pointer to increase the E-W lead to 25-9. The Mavs were playing a zone defense until the fourth quarter, which in theory should have helped prevent threes, but the team could not close in on the shooters quick enough. The other big problem for the Mavericks was that they had a lot of open shots from 15-18 feet, but they kept missing.The half ended with the Warriors leading 39-18.
The first rubber chicken toss happened during halftime. Meadowdale’s attempts tp slingshot the chicken into the bulls-eye target were closer to the bulls-eye than Edmonds-Woodway’s, and the Mavs were deemed the winners of the first halftime competition.
The first shot of the second half was a three-pointer by Burdett, stretching the Warriors’ lead to 42-18. Bretz tried to get her team back into the game by also hitting a three to cut the lead to 44-23. After the Mavs got two more, Burdett stopped the comeback with another three to make it 47-25 with 4:00 left. After that, the Mavs went on a 6-0 run, their largest in the game up to that point, and cut the Warriors’ lead to 16. Just before the quarter ended, Moni Jackson stole a Meadowdale inbound pass at half court, went on a breakaway, and hit a lay-in to make it 51-31. The quarter ended a few seconds later.
The Mavs started the fourth quarter playing a full-court press and it paid off for them. Right away, the team went on a 7-0 run. It could’ve been a lot more than 7 points, because the defense forced a lot of turnovers, but the Mavs struggled to convert them into points. A scary moment occurred early on in the fourth as Bretz ran into E-W’s Sydney Peterson and Peterson went down hard. It looked like a leg injury, and she had to be helped off the court. The Mavs’ run was broken soon after when Jackson once again went coast-to-coast for a lay-in to make it 53-38. The Warriors closed down the Meadowdale offense in the last three minutes to clinch the 58-42 victory.
With the win, the Warriors have won their first two games. They play their third and final non-conference game next Tuesday at Mountlake Terrace at 7:15 p.m. The Mavs, now 0-2, play again next Wednesday at Cascade at 7:15 p.m.
Just twenty-five minutes later, the boys’ game tipped off. Jacob Perkins made his presence felt immediately as he had five offensive rebounds during a 7-0 run to start the game. Edmonds-Woodway had five turnovers due to the full-court press Maverick defense. Warriors’ freshman Trey Holland finally broke the run up with a three-pointer with 5:50 left in the quarter.
The Mavs’ offensive strategy appeared to be to get into the key and then get to the free-throw line. In the first quarter, the team made 7 of 10 from the charity stripe and had an 11-4 lead with 3:30 left. The Warriors went on a small run to cut the lead to 15-12. But just before the end of the quarter, Aidan O’Neill found a loose ball and knocked down a three to increase the lead to 18-12 Mavs.
Starting the second quarter, Meadowdale’s Malik Braxton immediately hit a three-pointer to make it 21-12. Until they tried to close out the game in the fourth quarter, the Mavs took every open shot they had. The team was not worried about grinding down the clock; they attempted a bunch of jump shots and had 20 three-point attempts, of which they made 5. The Warriors got within one point of the Mavs when they went on an 8-0 run, which was capped off with a three pointer from Jason Smarr with 5:00 left before halftime. However, that was as close the Warriors got as Meadowdale went on a 9-0 run of their own to make it 30-20.
After the run was broken, the greatest play of the night happened. Collin Costello dribbled down the right side and held up just before the three-point line and threw up a lob to Perkins and he slammed down the alley-oop with authority to make it 32-23. The half ended a minute later with the Mavericks on top 34-25.
During halftime, Edmonds-Woodway came closest to hitting the target with the rubber chicken.
The Mavs did not slow down the pace in the third, but the Warriors did everything they could to get back into the game. After taking a whole bunch of jump shots in the first half, the Warriors started to go down low to get to the free-throw line. The team went 18 of 33 from the line. Carlow drove through three defenders for Meadowdale’s first points, pushing the lead back to 10. Then three possessions later, Carlow hit a three to make it 40-31. The flashiest play of the quarter came with a minute left. Holland got a steal at half-court and went on a breakaway before hitting a lay-up while fouled. He hit the free throw, and the Mavs lead was 47-36. Just before the quarter ended, Braxton added three more to make it 50-36 at the end of the third.
In the fourth, the Mavs slowed their offense way down and it seemed to do more harm to them than good. The team turned the ball over nine times in the final quarter, but the Warriors only got within six points before Meadowdale was able to close the game out. The scariest part of the fourth to Meadowdale was not Edmonds-Woodway’s comeback attempt, but instead, with 1:30 to play, Carlow went up for a rebound and came down hard. He stayed down and appeared to have injured his left leg. Fortunately, he was able to get off the court under his own power as the Mavs sealed a 62-54 win.
With the win, the Mavs have won back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 7 and 9, 2011, when they beat a team from Australia and Everett. Their next game is Monday at Mariner high school, at 7:15 p.m. As for the Warriors, they have lost back to back games to open the season, and play again on Friday at Jackson at 7:15 p.m.
— By Quint Turner