Warriors feel upbeat about their postseason prospects | Girls basketball
Last updated 2/7/2019 at Noon
Edmonds-Woodway heads into this week’s 3A District girls basketball tournament with some momentum.
The Warriors closed out the regular season by winning four out of their last five contests to secure the Wesco 3A’s No. 5 seed to districts.
Edmonds-Woodway (8-5 in the league, 11-8 overall) is scheduled to face Marysville-Getchell (9-4, 15-4) in a first-round game at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, at Marysville-Getchell High School.
The Chargers defeated the Warriors 47-41 in their only meeting of the season in mid-January.
Edmonds-Woodway coach Jon Rasmussen said he is glad the Warriors qualified for districts and avoided a play-in game after dropping their first four league games in January.
“I’m just happy we’re in districts,” he said. “Once we get there, anything can happen.”
The turnaround started with a 77-58 victory over Meadowdale and continued with wins over Mountlake Terrace (76-31) and Lynnwood (60-50) before a 61-55 loss to Shorecrest.
Edmonds-Woodway wrapped up the regular season with a 50-19 victory over Shorewood.
A game against Cedarcrest scheduled for this week was cancelled due to weather concerns and will not be made up and did not factor into the RPI (Rating Percentage Index) that determined district playoff seeding.
Senior guard Adrienne Poling has led the resurgence, averaging 21.7 points in the last five games.
“She’s scoring her points and our roles are getting more defined,” Rasmussen said. “We’re coming around. There’s no time left. I’m feeling pretty good.”
Rasmussen is hoping the Warriors’ shooting, in particular 3-point attempts, continues to improve at districts.
“We’ve struggled more this year than all of last year,” he said of the team’s outside shots.”
Part of the issue may be traced to the loss of Mia Dickenson, one of the team’s best defensive players who has missed the entire season due to a leg injury.
Some of the Warriors’ best shooters had to concentrate on defense more as a consequence.
“They’ve worked really hard,” Rasmussen said.