By David Pan Weekly Herald sports editor
The Edmonds-Woodway girls basketball team took care of business.
Two days after a tough fourth quarter cost them a first-round game, the Warriors pummeled Mariner 54-19 in a loser-out game Feb. 9 at Edmonds-Woodway High School.
“We played about as well as you can do in a game like that,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Duane Hodges said. “The good thing is we played everybody and everybody scored.”
Sidney Eck, Madeline Kasper and Seyi Olajoyegbe each scored eight points for the Warriors (11-11). Mariner (6-17) was making its first district appearance in more than a decade.
For the second straight year, Edmonds-Woodway dropped a first-round game to open the district tournament. This time Snohomish sent the Warriors into the consolation bracket with a 44-42 victory on Feb. 7. Edmonds-Woodway took a 35-30 lead into the fourth quarter but then the team’s lack of experience in the postseason caused the Warriors to be outscored 14-7 in the final period.
“All of it, our youth, was exposed in the fourth quarter,” Hodges said. “We made some nervous decisions. A couple of young girls were out of position on offensive possessions, so we weren’t able to execute.”
The talk about the loss was on being able to focus down the stretch and finish a game, Hodges added.
“We talked about good players making good plays,” he said. “We had good players waiting to make good plays.”
The Warriors worked on offensive execution in practice.
“I’ve said a hundred times that half of execution is being in the right location,” Hodges said.
Edmonds-Woodway was scheduled to face Stanwood in another loser-out game on Feb. 14, after The Weekly Herald’s deadline.
The Warriors head into the game without any pressure on them, Hodges noted. The pressure will be on the Spartans, who have seven seniors (to Edmonds-Woodway’s one, in Kasper).