Before stands packed with fans and supporters — and one rubber chicken — the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors and the Meadowdale Mavericks split their pair of prep basketball games Friday on Rubber Chicken Night at Edmonds-Woodway High School.
The Meadowdale boys, behind a big performance by sophomore Cole Nelson, beat the E-W Warriors 66-47 while the Warrior girls, led by senior Adrienne Poling, downed the Lady Mavs 77-58.
In the boys’ game, Nelson scored 25 points — 22 coming in the second half — to help Meadowdale pull away after halftime for the big win. The sharp-shooting Nelson made seven 3-point shots in the game to lead the Mavs.
Meadowdale’s Ray Free described Nelson’s night with new slang: “He’s wet,” Free said. “He can shoot all day. Seven-for-10 (3-point shot attempts) he went tonight — that’s crazy; I can’t even do that for lay-ins.”
The Mavs’ victory was the first for the team over Edmonds-Woodway in five years and the first for Meadowdale Coach Roger O’Neill over the crosstown rival.
“This win meant a lot to us because we haven’t won,” Free emphasized. “Coach ‘O’ (O’Neill) hasn’t beat Edmonds-Woodway with Meadowdale. That’s good that we won.”
Free was one of a trio of Mavs (Nick Buckley and Kade Styles were the others) to score 10 points in the triumph. Chinedu Acholonu led the Warriors with 19 points while Mutdung Bol tallied 10 points for E-W.
In the first game of the night, the Lady Warriors’ Adrienne Poling sunk four 3-pointers, scored on cutting drives and converted on nine of 11 free throw attempts to score 26 points in E-W’s 77-58 victory over the Lady Mavericks.
The Warriors’ AJ Martineau was impressed with Poling’s scoring effort on Friday. “She shot great today,” Martineau said. “When she was open she shot and when they were up on her she drove to the hoop. She’s just a great player and a great playmaker.”
“She’s so reliable and such a great teammate,” Martineau added.
Rebekah Dasalla-Good scored 16 points — 11 in the fourth quarter — to help seal the win for the Warriors.
The victory ended a four-game skid for E-W, which hadn’t won a game since Dec. 29.
“It feels really good,” Martineau said of Friday’s win. “I think we’ve been really down lately and to just have that energy and just have that intensity, it just feels really good to be back on top. Meadowdale played a great game but I thought we really came out, we knew our matchups, we played well and we just executed.”
The Warrior win spoiled a 30-point outing — 22 points in the second half — by Meadowdale’s Alicia Morrison as the junior recorded six 3-pointers in the game.
In the rubber chicken competition (using a giant elastic band to fling a rubber chicken at a target on the wall), it was Edmonds-Woodway that was the winner winner (chicken dinner).
Prep Boys Basketball: Meadowdale at Edmonds-Woodway, Jan. 18
Meadowdale 19 8 19 20 — 66
Edmonds-Woodway 5 18 10 14 — 47
Meadowdale individual scoring: Cole Nelson 25, Nick Buckley 10, Ray Free 10, Kade Styles 10, Hunter Moen 9, Tyler Emard 2, Will McKinley
Edmonds-Woodway individual scoring: Chinedu Acholonu 19, Mutdung Bol 10, Erroll Richards 6, Nuer Bol 4, Karsen Tjarneberg 3, Nikko McNeal 3, Tai Starchman 2, Elijah Thomas
Records: Meadowdale 5-4 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 9-6 overall; Edmonds-Woodway 5-4 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 9-6 overall
Meadowdale next game: versus Shorewood; Wednesday, Jan. 23; 7:15 p.m. at Shorewood High School
Edmonds-Woodway next game: versus Mountlake Terrace; Wednesday, Jan. 23; 7:15 p.m. at Edmonds-Woodway High School
Prep Girls Basketball: Meadowdale at Edmonds-Woodway, Jan. 18
Meadowdale 13 9 21 15 — 58
Edmonds-Woodway 19 18 12 28 — 77
Meadowdale individual scoring: Alicia Morrison 30, Kaisha Stark 8, Fatoumata Jaiteh 6, Camryn Cassidy 5, Adriana Valadez 3, Taylor Kesselring 2, Maia Austvold 2, Soriah Swinton 2, Lilly Williams, Kaylee Whatmore
Edmonds-Woodway individual scoring: Adrienne Poling 26, Rebekah Dasalla-Good 16, AJ Martineau 9, Brooke Kearney 8, Ingrid Fosberg 8, Kristen Reijonen 7, Ann Okullu 3, Maddie McMahon, Keren Seare, Lilly Frunk
Records: Meadowdale 4-5 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 9-6 overall; Edmonds-Woodway 5-4 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 8-7 overall
Meadowdale next game: versus Shorewood; Tuesday, Jan. 22; 7:15 p.m. at Meadowdale High School
Edmonds-Woodway next game: versus Mountlake Terrace; Tuesday, Jan. 22; 7:15 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace High School
— By Doug Petrowski