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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Beamer inches closer to first-ever postseason berth; Eagles clinch South Division
By CASEY OLSON
The Todd Beamer Titans girls basketball team took a huge step toward qualifying for the postseason for the first time in the program's history Tuesday with a 69-65 overtime win over Spanaway Lake.
The victory moved the Titans to 8-6 in the South Puget Sound League South Division and into fourth place alone with two games remaining in the regular season. The top-five finishers in the South advance to the West Central District Tournament. Bethel and Spanaway Lake both sit 7-7.
The Titans (11-7 overall) got big games from Megan Huff, Shyla Akins and Meghan Graf against the Sentinels. Huff finished with 23 points, Akins added 19 and Graf chipped in 15 points for Beamer, who outscored Spanaway Lake, 12-8, during the four-minute overtime session.
The Titans take on No. 1-ranked Federal Way Friday and 3-11 Puyallup Tuesday. Beamer can guarantee a postseason berth with one win.
Federal Way 74, at Rogers 34 — The top-ranked Federal Way girls basketball team secured the South Puget Sound League South Division championship Tuesday with another blowout victory.
The Eagles beat up Rogers on Puyallup, 74-34, to remain unbeaten in SPSL South play. The win moved Federal Way to 14-0 in league play and gave them a two-game lead over Emerald Ridge (12-2) with two games remaining in the regular season. The Eagles (17-1) have beaten Emerald Ridge twice this season.
Federal Way's lone loss on the season game to the defending Idaho state champions, Coeur d'Alene High School, on Dec. 30, 70-69.
Against Rogers, the Eagles raced out to a 23-4 lead after the first quarter and cruised from there. Senior Brittany Barrington scored 18 points, Talia Walton 17 and Darah Huertas-Vining 13 for Federal Way.
Jefferson 58, at Tahoma 48 — The Raiders outscored the Beamer 10-0 during overtime to win the SPSL North Division game Tuesday.
Jefferson (7-10 overall, 6-8 SPSL North) had five players tally at least nine points during the victory. Keryn Knight led the way with 14, followed by Lexi Goranson's 13, Christy Kullberg's 12, Jada Piper's 10 and Chevay Warnes' 9.
at Lakes 70, Decatur 30 — The Lancers blew away the Gators Tuesday night in Lakewood. Lakes jumped out to a 15-8 lead after the first quarter and led 38-18 at halftime.
Decatur (6-13 overall, 3-6 SPSL 3A) was led by the 13 points of Takiya Flowers.