The Cedarcrest Girls’ got a much-needed 42-39 bounce-back win over the Warriors Monday night. The victory nailed down the District No. 7 seed and put the Red Wolves in a first-round matchup with Blaine at home tonight.
“It was senior night for us and like most senior nights, it was emotional before the game and throughout,” Coach Brad Knowles said. “The team really wanted to win this game for Helena (Van Ess). Van Ess is the teams’ lone senior.
“We knew Edmonds-Woodway is a very good team and that we would have to play a great game from start to finish.”
Both teams got off to a slow start offensively, posting just nine first-quarter points each.
The Red Wolves hit their stride in the second eight minutes of action to go up top 20-12 at intermission.
Cedarcrest then doubled the visitor’s third quarter-point production to stretch its lead to 34-19.
The Warriors heated up in the final eight minutes of the game to outscore the home team 20-8 but were unable to pull out a comeback win.
Coach Knowles was happy with the Lady Red Wolves' ability to hold off the Warriors late-game rally.
“Our defense has been great lately and it really slows down our opponents,” Knowles said. “We had an eight-point lead at halftime and stretched it to 15 to start the fourth. They made a run, we had some turnovers, but we hung on for the win. It was a great way to end the regular season and finish 14-6.”
Kat Townley led the Lady Red Wolves offensive effort with 10 points. Sidra Griffin added 9. Grace McKenzie, Knowles, said had her best game of the season with several rebounds and 8 key points in the third quarter.
Tonight’s game with the Boderites tips off at 7 p.m.