Prep boys basketball: Warriors defeat T-Birds on Senior Night

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In front of an enthusiastic crowd on Senior Night, the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors responded with some energy themselves, lighting up the scoreboard and overwhelming their opponents, the Shorewood Thunderbirds.

The Warriors scored 34 points in the second quarter — a season-high for the team — and then cruised to a 76-59 victory over the visiting T-Birds Thursday at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

E-W led by just one point, 13-12, after the first eight minutes, but a full-court press and some good foul shooting helped the Warriors pull away from the stunned T-Birds in the second quarter and leave no doubt who would be victorious in the matchup.

The Warriors led by as much as 30 points in the second half before Shorewood closed to within 12 near the midpoint of the fourth quarter. But E-W shut down the T-Birds late and secured the victory.

The win was especially sweet for Karsten Tjarneberg and his three senior teammates — Erroll Richards, Tai Starchman and Colin Whitney — as the four were playing their final home game at Edmonds-Woodway High School. Tjarneberg expressed both elation and relief following the final whistle.

“It feels great man, especially since we had the fans here this time,” he explained. “Last time we had a bunch of fans it was against Meadowdale (on Jan. 18) and we just couldn’t win. But having the fans here and having it be Senior Night, everybody giving us a lot of love — the coaches, the fans, the parents, everybody — it was great.”

All four Edmonds-Woodway seniors started and scored in the game. Tjarneberg tallied five points, Whitney picked up three points, Starchman recorded 16 and Richards scored 17.

The Warriors’ Mutdung Bol led all scorers in the contest with 23 points.

The 76 points scored by E-W was the team’s second-highest game total this season, behind 80-point efforts early on against lowly Oak Harbor (6-13 overall) and Everett (3-15 overall). Tjarneberg credited an emphasis on shooting at recent team practices for the scoring output against Shorewood.

“We’ve been working on shooting,” he said. “We haven’t been really hitting our shots much; we haven’t put up the points that we’ve wanted to put up. Tonight we definitely did.”

Skyler Hammer led Shorewood (6-7 in 2A/3A Wesco League play, 7-12 overall) in scoring with 22 points — 19 in the second half.

With the win, Edmonds-Woodway (8-5 in 2A/3A Wesco League play, 12-7 overall) looks to have a lock on the No. 5 seed in the upcoming District 1 3A Boys Basketball Tournament that begins next week. The Warriors will play their first-round tourney game on Saturday, Feb. 9, against the tournament’s No. 4 seed (likely either Marysville-Getchell or Stanwood) at a site to be determined.

Tjarneberg likes how the team is playing at this crucial point of the season.

“I feel we definitely stepped it up,” he said. “We definitely put things together that needed to be put together. And I think that’s what we need going forward to get hot going into the playoffs coming up.”

Before the district tourney begins, the Warriors have one more game in their 2018-2019 regular season — a Monday, Feb. 4, date with the Cedarcrest Red Wolves at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall. Tipoff is slated for 7:15 p.m.

Prep Boys Basketball: Shorewood at Edmonds-Woodway, Jan. 31

Shorewood  12  12  20  15  —  59

Edmonds-Woodway  13  34  16  13  —  76

Edmonds-Woodway individual scoring: Mutdung Bol 23, Erroll Richards 17, Tai Starchman 16, Karsen Tjarneberg 5, Brian Bunyatipanon 5, Elijah Thomas 3, Chinedu Acholonu 2, Nikko McNeal 2, Colin Whitney 2, Nuer Bol 1, Tollak Crawford

Shorewood individual scoring: Skyler Hammer 22, Sean Santos 10, David Snell 9, Jackson Galiardi 9, Spencer Osborn 3, Andrew Archer 3, Samuel Burns 3, Logan Freitas, Aaron Espling, Nate Alexander

Records: Edmonds-Woodway 8-5 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 12-7 overall; Shorewood 6-7 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 7-12 overall

Edmonds-Woodway next game: versus Cedarcrest; Monday, Feb. 4; 7:15 p.m. at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall

— By Doug Petrowski

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