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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Top-ranked Eagles firing on all cylinders, beat up second-place Emerald Ridge; TJ in playoff hunt
The top-ranked Federal Way Eagles moved to 10-0 in the South Puget Sound League South Division by blowing out second-place Emerald Ridge Tuesday night, 92-55.
Federal Way (13-1) has handed Emerald Ridge both of its losses this season. The Jaguars lost by only nine points during the teams' first meeting of the SPSL South season.
As usual, the ultra-talented Eagles put together a balanced scoring attack against Emerald Ridge. Five players scored in double figures for Federal Way led by sophomore Raven Benton's 18 points. University of Washington-bound Talia Walton finished with 17, junior Darah Huertas-Vining had 15, Dyesha Bellhumeur added 12 and Ty Burgess chipped in 10 points.
Also, this week marked the return of 6-foot senior Jaleecia Roland. Roland, who finished with nine points Tuesday, has sat out the last year with health issues. Doctors have cleared her to play. She had six points in her first game of the season Saturday during a 77-48 non-league win over Garfield at the Assist for Life Women's Basketball Classic at Steilacoom.
Roland really helped the Eagles defense on Tuesday, which was suffocating on the high-scoring Jaguars. Federal Way essentially shut down Emerald Ridge's Taylor Buie, who is the leading scorer in the SPSL at over 22 points a game. Federal Way held Buie to just nine points during the game. It was the only time this season that Buie has failed to score in double figures.
The Eagles jumped out to a 24-15 lead after the first quarter and led 47-25 at halftime.
In other action:
Jefferson 40, at Kent-Meridian 32 — The Raiders (6-7 overall, 5-5 SPSL North) overcame an early deficit Tuesday to beat the Royals. Kent-Meridian led 12-7 after the first quarter. But TJ put together a 14-4 second quarter to take the lead back for good.
Jada Piper led the Raiders with 12 points and Christy Kullberg chipped in 10. Jefferson currently holds the fifth and final playoff berth from the SPSL North.
at Auburn Mountainview 52, Decatur 17 — The Gators were beaten up by the Lions Tuesday night in Auburn. Decatur (5-10 overall, 2-3 SPSL 3A) fell behind 38-12 after the first half.
The Gators were led by the nine points of Taikya Flowers.