It was the first league victory for the Tritons this year. Edmonds never trailed against the visiting Rangers. The Edmonds ladies jumped out in front 10-4, led by two jumpers from Tania Velasco-Bono, and were leading 29-20 heading into halftime. A steal and lay-up by Dani Smythe opened up the second stanza for Edmonds. For the next five minutes the Tritons poured it on, taking a 41-22 advantage.
The game turned out to be far from in-control, however. Edmonds starting forward Ellie Greene had to sit out much of the second half due to foul trouble and the Tritons began to get sloppy with the ball.
With 10 minutes to go the score was 43-33 Edmonds. That gap was narrowed to four points (49-42) at the 2:30 mark. Greene, back in, sank two free throws with two minutes remaining to temporarily stop the bleeding. The Rangers kept up their furious late charge – which included three 3-pointers by Leahi Lindsey – closing to just one point (52-51) and putting Edmonds’ potential victory in danger.
Point guard Jasmine McEachin then threw a risky cross-court pass to Smythe who easily laid the ball in and give her team a 3-point cushion with a minute on the clock. OC missed on its next possession with McEachin being fouled and sinking pair of free throws. Those put Edmonds up 56-51.
Mariah Frazier made two free throws for Olympic but Smythe responded by sinking two at the stripe for Edmonds on the next possession to ice the much-need win.
Mceachin led Edmonds with 16 points and 9 assists. Smythe added 14 points and 5 rebounds. Greene and Maile Keanu each had 9 points with Tania Velasco-Bono contributing 8 points and 5 boards.
The Tritons wrap up the year with a home contest versus Everett on Saturday, Feb. 22. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m.