The woes of a midseason losing streak continued for the Edmonds-Woodway Lady Warriors on Tuesday as the team dropped its fourth game in a row and fell to 4-4 in Wesco League play and 7-7 overall.
E-W succumbed to the size and strength of the visiting Archbishop Murphy Lady Wildcats 66-55 in a Wesco League matchup played at Edmonds-Woodway High School.
Archbishop Murphy is currently ranked no.4 in the WIAA 2A RPI state rankings, to be used to set regional matchups in the state tournament later in February.
Emily Rodabaugh, who has committed to playing for Northern Arizona University this fall, led all scorers in the game with 20 points. Kiana Yesiki, Julia Lucas and Audrey Graham also tallied double figure point totals for Archbishop Murphy — Yasiki with 16, Lucas with 12 and Graham with 10.
Adrienne Poling led the Warriors with 16 points; Brooke Kearney added 12 while Ingrid Fosberg contributed 11 in the defeat.
Despite the setback, E-W Coach John Rasmussen was encouraged by the way his team performed on Tuesday.
“We’ve been battling all sorts of adversity … and it was all swept under the rug tonight,” Rasmussen said. “They played as a team and their effort was outstanding; I couldn’t be more happy. We loss by 11, but I feel we didn’t lose by 11.”
“Tonight’s effort and the way the team played as a team, I am very thrilled,” he added.
Rasmussen admitted that spirits have been running a little low among his squad, due in part to three close losses suffered earlier this month. The Warriors fell 46-44 to Snohomish on Jan. 4, 61-60 to Arlington on Jan. 10 and 47-41 to Marysville-Getchell on Jan. 11. In all three games, E-W held early leads but stumbled in the second half.
“When you keep losing a game by two points in the last seconds (and) one point in the last second, it beats you up and it’s tough to come back,” Rasmussen said. “And we loss the last game last Friday, and it was a tough one to lose. But what I saw tonight, we’re going to be okay in my mind.”
E-W did hold a lead once in Tuesday’s contest with Archbishop Murphy — the Warriors jumped on top 25-24 on a Poling layin at the 6:24 mark of the second quarter. But the Wildcats closed out the first half on a 10-4 run then opened the third quarter on a 15-0 run to take control of the game and ultimately the victory.
The Warriors will get some rest before their next contest, much to the relief of Rasmussen. “I think we ran out of gas (tonight) — I played a lot of girls a lot of minutes. So it’s going to be tough for them,” he said. “We’ve got to have a little recovery day for a few of those girls.”
Next, E-W will face rival Meadowdale on Friday, Jan. 18, in the annual Rubber Chicken doubleheader that will include a Warriors-Mavericks boys basketball game as well. The girls contest will tip off at 5:40 p.m. at Edmonds-Woodway High School; the boys’ game will follow at approximately 7:15 p.m.
Prep Girls Basketball: Archbishop Murphy at Edmonds-Woodway, Jan. 15
Archbishop Murphy 20 14 19 13 — 66
Edmonds-Woodway 17 12 13 13 — 55
Edmonds-Woodway individual scoring: Adrienne Poling 16, Brooke Kearney 12, Ingrid Fosberg 11, Maddie McMahon 8, AJ Martineau 6, Ann Okullu 2, Rebekah Dasalla-Good, Kristen Reijonen, Keren Seare, Lilly Frunk
Archbishop Murphy individual scoring: Emily Rodabaugh 20, Kiana Yesiki 16, Julia Lucas 12, Audrey Graham 10, Taylor Campbell 8, Tori Campbell, Alexa Chiangpradit, Chloe Jurdana, Taylor Reed, Lily Riojas
Records: Edmonds-Woodway 4-4 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 7-7 overall; Archbishop Murphy 7-1 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 13-2 overall
Edmonds-Woodway next game: versus Meadowdale; Friday, Jan. 18; 5:40 p.m. at Edmonds-Woodway High School
— By Doug Petrowski