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By David Pan 

Edmonds-Woodway wraps up rewarding season | Girls basketball

 


Edmonds-Woodway was in a free fall.

The Warriors entered the 2018-19 season as one of the favorites in the Wesco 3A and a month into the season they were playing like it. Heading into the holiday break, Edmonds-Woodway was undefeated in the league.

But the New Year came and the Warriors lost tough back-to-back games to Snohomish and Arlington by a combined three points. Losses to Marysville-Getchell and Archbishop Murphy followed and the Warriors’ confidence was shaken.

At the time, Edmonds-Woodway coach Jon Rasmussen had some doubts about his team.

The Warriors had other ideas.

A victory over arch rival Meadowdale marked the start of turnaround that resulted in four victories in Edmonds-Woodway’s last five regular season games, success at the district tournament and a victory over the defending 3A champions at state regionals.

Edmonds-Woodway opened the state tournament with a 54-45 victory over Bethel but then lost to eventual state champion Prairie 58-39. Snohomish ended the Warriors’ postseason run with a 45-21 victory Friday, March 1, in the Tacoma Dome.

“It was a good season,” senior co-captain Ingrid Fosberg said. “I’m proud of the way we performed at the state tournament, especially just to win our first game. I think a lot of people doubted us. We might have had a little doubt ourselves if we belonged there. We proved that we deserved to be at the state tournament.”

The loss did nothing to diminish Rasmussen’s pride in the Warriors’ accomplishments.

“They worked hard,” he said. “A month and a half ago no one thought we’d be here (Tacoma Dome). We battled.”

Not all of the battles took place on the court.

Junior Mia Dickenson, one of the team’s best defenders, didn’t suit up at all this season due to a knee injury suffered during the fall soccer season. The season ended with Rasmussen being told by doctors that his 92-year-old mother was close to death on the Monday before the start of the state tournament.

“I love the girls,” Rasmussen said after Friday’s loss to the Panthers. “Behind the scenes, we became a family. We’ve had a tough year. We’ve had so many things happen and to add to this my mom is on her deathbed and I had to say goodbye to her yesterday after the game.”

On Friday, the Warriors seemed to lack the fire that fueled the team’s playoff run to the state tournament and their first appearance in the Tacoma Dome in three years. Emotionally, Edmonds-Woodway may have been tapped out.

“I think our gas tank finally went to empty,” Rasmussen said.

The Warriors made only 3 of 18 shots in the first half and was 1 of 10 on 3-point attempts. Snohomish extended an 11-2 first quarter lead to 21-7 at halftime. Edmonds-Woodway trailed 34-21 heading in the final period and then was outscored 11-0.

“When a shooting team doesn’t shoot well, you’re not going to win,” Rasmussen said. “Snohomish is a good team. I just think it was not our day or morning. A tough time.”

Edmonds-Woodway (15-11) shot 22 percent from the field and was 15 percent from 3-point land. Snohomish shot 33 percent overall.

The Warriors had a long talk in the locker room after the season-ending loss. Edmonds-Woodway graduates four seniors – Adrienne Poling, Rebekah Dasalla-Good, Kristen Reijonen and Fosberg.

“We’re going to miss our four seniors, great leaders,” Rasmussen said. “There were many tears shed in that locker room tonight. That just shows what we have as a team and that’s awesome. … I couldn’t ask for a better team.”

Poling especially appreciated how well the Warriors were able to work together.

“We all liked each other, which helped,” Poling said. “There wasn’t any drama. It was easy to be around each other. It’s a lot of hours. We liked each other. That translated on the court.”

Edmonds-Woodway came into state as the No.15 seed and defeated No. 7 seed Bethel in the opening round. Poling and Dasalla-Good each scored 15 points. Fosberg added 13 points as the Warriors sprinted out to an 18-4 lead in the first quarter. The Warriors ended up shooting 39 percent from the field (17 of 44) and made 29 percent of their 3-point attempts (6 of 21). Edmonds-Woodway limited Bethel to only 20 percent from the field in the first half.

In their quarterfinal game, the Warriors stayed right with Prairie in the first half and only trailed 21-19 at halftime. The Falcons pulled away in the second half, outscoring Edmonds-Woodway 37-20. Dasalla-Good led the Warriors with 16 points.

Fosberg and Poling both were freshmen on the last Edmonds-Woodway team to advance to the Tacoma Dome. They both were glad to return to the venue for their senior season.

“It’s a really fun atmosphere,” Fosberg said. “To be able to go back our senior year was exciting and made all the work worth it.”

 

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