Girls basketball: Warriors gain edge for Wesco South third seed with 43-40 win over Kamiak

Maddy Nealy defends against Kamiak's Nora Aboulhosn. (Photos by Karl Swenson)
Maddy Nealy defends against Kamiak’s Nora Aboulhosn. (Photos by Karl Swenson)

Edmonds-Woodway’s girls basketball team started quickly and did just enough in the end to beat Kamiak Monday night for the second time this season, 43-40. With the win, the Warriors now hold the tiebreaker edge over Kamiak for the third seed in the Wesco South.

Seniors Maddy Nealey, Sidney Eck and Victoria Lebesis.
Seniors Maddy Nealey, Sidney Eck and Victoria Lebesis.

It was Senior Night on Monday, and before the game E-W honored its three senior members — Victoria Lebesis, Maddy Nealey and Sidney Eck — along with their parents. Seizing the momentum from the festive crowd, the Warriors jumped to an early 7-0 lead behind a 3-pointer from Mady Burdett and baskets from Eck and Nealey. The Knights answered back with nine straight points of their own before Moni Jackson hit a 3-pointer and a free throw to stop the run. Natalie Kasper and Missy Peterson then made a two and a three respectively, putting the home team up 16-9 before Aubrey Patrick scored for the Knights as time expired in the first quarter.

Eck pulls down a rebound as Kamiak's Katy Hamill watches.
Eck pulls down a rebound as Kamiak’s Katy Hamill watches.

The second quarter saw both teams struggle to find the basket, but E-W still was able to increase its lead, outscoring Kamiak 10-5 in the frame. Peterson and Eck scored four each for the Warriors with Eck’s second basket coming following a spin move from the free-throw line and subsequent conversion in the lane. Burdett scored E-W’s other basket in the quarter. At the half, it was the Warriors by 10 — 26-16.

Things looked encouraging for the Warriors to start the third with Eck scoring another bucket and a pair of free throws to put the Warriors up 30-18. Kamiak then went on a 10-0 run with Salena Taylor and Taylor Adcock doing most of the damage. Jackson and Kasper then both made shots in traffic to quell the Knights. Aliea Morrero scored as time expired in the third with Kamiak having now narrowed the lead to four, 34-30.

The fourth quarter started ominously as Kamiak’s Alexie Morris hit a 3-pointer, closing the gap to one. Leah Bakken got the ball down low for E-W and spun nicely to her left for a bucket, increasing the Warriors’ lead to three. Nora Aboulhosn then hit a three for the Knights, tying the game at 36 with just over four-and-a-half minutes left. Defense then took over for both teams until the 2:45 mark, when Kasper stole the ball the ball at mid-court and alertly hit a knifing Jackson, who converted the basket in transition, putting E-W up two. Taylor had a chance to tie it up, but missed both free throws. Fortunately for Kamiak they got the rebound and Taylor redeemed herself with a basket inside to tie it back up.

Moni Jackson led the Warriors with 11 points.
Moni Jackson led the Warriors with 11 points.

E-W then had several chances for baskets inside, but after missing those, the ball ended up in Jackson’s hands who hit a long three ball from the right side, giving the Warriors a 41-38 lead with just over 1:40 left. Following a Kamiak miss, Eck found Burdett for a bucket and a five-point E-W lead. Katy Hamill scored for Kamiak and following a Warrior turnover, Taylor was fouled, but missed the front end of a one-and-one. The Warriors ran the clock down to just under 25 seconds with Kasper, then launching a three to put the game away. Unfortunately for E-W, it missed, giving the Knights one last chance. Margaret Slack was tightly defended and her shot at the buzzer missed badly, sending the Warriors home with the three-point victory.

Jackson led Edmonds-Woodway in scoring with 11, followed closely by Eck with 10, and Burdett and Peterson adding seven each. Taylor Adcock led the Knights with 9. E-W plays Cascade on Wednesday as they look to hold on to the much-sought-after third seed.

E-W Scoring: Mady Burdett 7, Sidney Eck 10, Natalie Kasper 4, Maddy Nealey 2, Sydney Peterson 7, Moni Jackson 11, Leah Bakken 2, Victoria Lebesis, Claire Fyfe, Kate Wooley.

Senior Maddy Nealey with parents Keith and Julie Nealey, friend (and former E-W) player Ashley Albertson, left, and Nealey's grandparents.
Senior Maddy Nealey with parents Keith and Julie Nealey, friend (and former E-W) player Ashley Albertson, left, and Nealey’s grandparents.
Victoria Lebesis with her parents and brother Theo.
Victoria Lebesis with her parents and brother Theo.
Sydney Eck with her family.
Sidney Eck with her family.

— By Jeff Smarr

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