For Edmonds-Woodway girls basketball head coach Jon Rasmussen, Friday’s 44-33 win over the Snohomish Panthers wasn’t just another notch in a belt of wins this season. The seventh consecutive victory was pivotal, and it warranted a celebration.
The Warriors are now 5-0 in Wesco play and sit atop the 3A Wesco standings above the Archbishop Murphy Wildcats, who are just one game back.
“I would say not “big” (win). Huge win for us,” Rasmussen said. “They have kind of had our number for the last four or five games, so this was a huge win for us to come back and win this.”
Heading into Friday’s game, the Warriors had lost four of their last five matchups to the Panthers. This included a shot for top six on the podium in the consolation round of the state 3A girls basketball tournament last year.
“We’re going to celebrate, enjoy this win tonight,” Rasmussen said. “I gave the girls off tomorrow. They worked hard all week and we got a hard game and (we’ll) see if we can keep it going.”
The Warriors’ defense was on an absolute tear Friday, limiting Snohomish to just two 3-pointers the entire evening.
Dominating the Panthers’ scoring were the two Gallatin sisters, with sophomore Ella scoring 12 on the night and senior Kinslee finishing with 11.
Senior wing player Maddie McMahon led the Warriors, keeping a steady scoring pace throughout all four quarters and finishing with a team-high 17 points. McMahon also shone on the defensive end, adding a game-high four blocks.
“I think a lot of it was my passion, my fire to get back at Snohomish, because last year they beat us pretty bad at the (Tacoma) Dome and sent us home,” McMahon said.
After the Warriors had coasted through the first half, leading by double digits at halftime, the Panthers started nipping at E-W’s heels heading into the third.
A 13-4 Snohomish run narrowed the deficit to just a one-possession game. Back-to-back scores from Kinslee Gallatin and Kayla Soderstom, who made a layup following a steal, kept the game tight heading into the final eight minutes, with the Panthers trailing 30-29.
In the fourth, McMahon responded with a catch-and-shoot three, thanks to an assist from Mia Dickenson that kept the Panthers at bay. To ice the game, Brooke Kearney launched a 3-pointer, coming off an assist from senior Jadyn Waram, who had 10 points herself, including two threes.
“I was just dribbling and I wanted to pass it out, because I didn’t want to go into contact again and I saw Brooke wide open,” Waram said. “Brooke had a really nice three (earlier), and so I really wanted to get it to her. And I had total confidence that she was going to make it. It was awesome.”
The Warriors will face another challenge next week, as the state’s fifth-ranked Arlington Eagles come to Edmonds Thursday, Jan. 16, with tipoff at 7:15 p.m.
In other E-W sports Friday, the Warriors’ boys basketball team pulled away in the second half to earn a 63-51 victory over the Snohomish Panthers in a game played at Snohomish High School.
Prep Girls Basketball: Snohomish at Edmonds-Woodway, Jan. 10
Snohomish 8 8 13 4 — 33
Edmonds-Woodway 13 13 4 14 — 44
Edmonds-Woodway individual scoring: Maddie McMahon 17, Jadyn Waram 10, Halle Waram 5, Kaddy Kongira 3, Mia Dickenson 3, Brooke Kearney 3, AJ Martineau 2, Sydney Chappell 1
Snohomish individual scoring: Ella Gallatin 12, Kinslee Gallatin 11, Cheyenne Rodgers 7, Kayla Soderstrom 3
Records: Edmonds-Woodway 5-0 in 3A Wesco League, 7-4 overall; Snohomish 3-2 in 3A Wesco League, 3-8 overall
Edmonds-Woodway next game: versus Arlington; Thursday, Jan. 16; 7:15 p.m. at Edmonds-Woodway
In other E-W sports on Friday, the Warriors’ boys basketball team pulled away in the second half to earn a 63-51 victory over the Snohomish Panthers in a game played at Snohomish High School.
Prep Boys Basketball: Edmonds-Woodway at Snohomish, Jan. 10
Edmonds-Woodway 21 11 18 13 — 63
Snohomish 15 15 12 9 — 51
Edmonds-Woodway individual scoring: Nikko McNeal 14, Tollak Crawford 11, Chinedu Acholonu 10, Brian Bunyatipanon 10, Mutdung Bol 7, Nuer Bol 5, Steele Swinton 5, Jacob Gabler 1, Andy Cerejka
Snohomish individual scoring: Blake Pesznecker 12, Wes Ostlund 11, Kyle Hampton 11, Joshua Vandergriend 8, Caden Keithley 7, Jacob Brandvold 2, Casey Rugg, Trevor Ren
Records: Edmonds-Woodway 3-2 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 7-4 overall; Snohomish 0-5 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 3-7 overall
Edmonds-Woodway next game: versus Arlington; Wednesday, Jan. 15; 7:15 p.m. at Arlington High School
— By David Gillespie