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Edmonds-Woodway retools lineup around familiar faces | Girls basketball

Different players need to step up on offense for the Warriors this season

 

December 5, 2019

Graduation took a pretty heavy toll on the Edmonds-Woodway girls basketball team.

Four key players, who produced about two-thirds of the Warriors’ offense, are gone.

Even with those losses, Edmonds-Woodway has by no means undergone a complete makeover.

The Warriors return one of the top point guards in the Wesco 3A in senior A.J. Martineau, who earned second-team, all-league honors. Two other seniors – wing Maddie McMahon and guard Brooke Kearney – return to bolster the lineup. McMahon has been on varsity since her freshman year. Kearney was the first player off the bench last year and likely would have been a starter on just about any other team.

“It’s a new look this year,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Jon Rasmussen said. “We’re a little different. But I think we still could be a very good team.”

The Warriors are looking for more offense from Martineau, McMahon and Kearney this season with the departures of reliable scorers such as Adrienne Poling, Ingrid Fosberg and Rebekah Dasalla-Good.

Kearney finished last season especially strong. She sank the winning 3-point shot that lifted the Warriors past defending state champion Gig Harbor at state regionals, securing the team a trip to the Tacoma Dome.

“I think we’re all coming together to create the offense,” Kearney said. “Everyone is attacking more and then driving and kicking out and being able to pass out to everybody.”

While Kearney is a solid 3-point shooter, Rasmussen expects Edmonds-Woodway to rely less on the long ball.

“We’re going to have to generate our offense in other ways,” Rasmussen said.

This year’s team might be one of the more athletic in recent memory and the Warriors want to take advantage of their speed.

“I’m thinking more fast breaks,” Martineau said. “We still have some good shooters on our team. But I think it’s going to be a lot faster pace, a lot more lay-ins and mid-range game this year.”

The Warriors spend a good amount of time at the start of practice on conditioning.

“We want to get up and down the court and use our speed as one of our advantages” Rasmussen said. “I’ve got some speed this year that I haven’t had in year’s past. So that probably means we’re going to be way more aggressive and be in your face more.”

Rasmussen hopes that the Warriors’ aggressive defense produces turnovers and leads to some transition baskets.

“I think we’re creating a lot of our offense from our defense,” McMahon said.

Martineau and McMahon have not been relied on for points in previous seasons. It’ll be an adjustment for both.

“I understand if we need points late in the game I can generate points,” Martineau said. “But I’m so focused on creating shots for other people on our team and just running an offense well.”

McMahon’s game has revolved around defense and distributing the ball but she realizes she’s going to have to step up on the offensive end.

“I can score when I need to score,” McMahon said. “I feel like I’m more of a team player. I like to pass the ball and get my teammates open.”

The new-look Warriors will be tested early on as they play 2A runner-up Lynden Christian, 1A state participant King’s and Wesco 4A rival Lake Stevens.

“It’s tough to learn on the fly,” Rasmussen said. “It’s going to be a work in progress. But I think the team can handle it.”

 

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