BASKETBALL WRAP: Federal Way girls lose first SPSL game in two seasons in OT to Emerald Ridge

For the first time since Feb. 2010, the Federal Way girls basketball team suffered a loss during the South Puget Sound League regular season. The Emerald Ridge Jaguars needed overtime to beat the Eagles Thursday night, 88-82.

Federal Way (2-1) rolled through last season with a perfect 16-0 record in the SPSL South. But the Eagles couldn't stop Emerald Ridge point guard Taylor Buie Thursday. The senior scored a career-high 47 points, including all 12 of the Jaguars' points in overtime.

But the most amazing shot of the night came at the end of regulation. With Federal Way leading by three points, Buie forced overtime with an improbable 3-pointer that bounced around before going through the hoop at the buzzer.

Buie needed all 47 of her points because Federal Way's Darah Huertas-Vining finished the game with 31, including all six of the Eagles' points in overtime.

Emerald Ridge led 38-36 at halftime, but Federal Way outscored the Jaguars, 23-14, during the third quarter to take a seven-point lead into the final eight minutes of the contest.

The Eagles also got 18 points from senior Tania Velasco Bono and 11 points each from Dyesha Belhumeur and Raven Benton.

The Eagles got back on track Saturday with a 66-48 win over Bethel at home. Belheumer finished with 18 points and Benton tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Federal Way jumped out to a 24-11 lead after the first quarter and led 43-18 at half.

Beamer — The Titans used an impressive second half to beat Curtis Saturday at home, 53-42. Beamer (4-2 overall) outscored the Vikings, 32-16, in the third and fourth quarters.

Beamer was led by 16 points from Tre'Auna Culp and 14 from Jamesa DuBois.

The Titans got the best of the Decatur Gators Thursday in a non-league game, 51-46. Beamer outscored beat 13-2 in the second quarter to take control of the game.

The Titans got 20 points from Meghan Graf and nine from Carrielyn Ramos. Decatur (1-3) was led by the career-high 24 from A'yesia Rogers. Latrice Johnson chipped in 10 points.

Jefferson — The Raiders (2-4) lost a heart-breaker Saturday night at home to Tahoma, 47-46. The Bears outscored Jefferson, 17-7, during the fourth quarter to complete the comeback. The Raiders led 19-5 after the first quarter.

Jefferson got 20 points from Jada Piper and 10 from Lindsey Dahl.

The Raiders were outscored 31-16 in the second half and lost 48-41 to the Kentwood Conquerors Thursday.

The Raiders were led by 15 points from Piper.


Boys basketball

Jefferson — For the first time in years, the Raiders boys basketball team beat the Kentwood Conquerors on their home court. The Raiders downed the 2010 Class 4A state champions, 64-58, Thursday night. It was Jefferson's first win of the season.

"I have no idea the last time that happened," said TJ head coach Kyle Templeton about TJ beating Kentwood. "It was a big-time effort by our kids."

The Raiders (2-3 overall, 2-2 SPSL North) controlled a bulk of the game against Kentwood, jumping out to a 20-12 lead after the first quarter. But the Conks came back during the second and third quarters to pull to within three points entering the final eight minutes, 41-38,. But TJ outscored Kentwood, 23-18, in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

The Raiders were led by senior guard Jacob Thoreson, who finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Jefferson also got 14 points and eight rebounds from Joshua Duckworth and 10 points and six assists from Daniel Park.

"We were doing it short-handed as David Luafatasaga got hut in the first two minutes of the game," Templeton said. "He is the only guy who has any size for us and Kentwood has three guys 6-foot-5 or bigger. Thoreson and Kendall Green were awesome defensively."

The Raiders won their second SPSL North game in a row Saturday, 61-56, over Tahoma. Park led three TJ players in double figures with 17 points. Daryon James chipped in 14 and Green finished with 13.

Decatur — The Gators (3-2) continued their strong early season with a big 57-56 win over the Todd Beamer Titans Thursday night in a non-league contest.

The difference in the game came during the second quarter for the Gators. Decatur outscored the Titans, 25-12, during the eight-minute quarter to take the lead, 34-25, at halftime. Beamer jumped out to a quick 13-9 lead after the opening quarter.

Beamer (3-2) attempted a comeback in the second half, outscoring the Gators 31-23 in the third and fourth quarters. But the comeback came one point short.

Dom Hunter and Markus Rawls led the way again for Decatur. Hunter finished with 19 points and Rawls chipped in 14. Abraham Ferrell-Logan and Jason Young both ended up with eight points each.

Beamer was led by 19 points from Luscious Brown and got 16 from senior Thomas Rhodes.

The Gators suffered a 75-65 loss Friday night at the Washington Hoop Challenge to the Bellevue Wolverines. The game was played at Bellevue College.

Hunter finished with a game-high 26 points and Jeff Bartley had 14 for the Gators. But Bellevue had five players finish with 13 or more points to snag the win.

Beamer —The Titans lost their second straight game Saturday to the defending SPSL South champion Curtis Vikings, 65-52. Beamer got 17 points from Juwan Flowers.

Federal Way — The Eagles remained unbeaten in the South Puget Sound League South Division by squeaking by the Emerald Ridge Jaguars (2-2) Thursday, 53-48. The win moved Federal Way to 2-0 in the SPSL South. Rogers is the only other 2-0 team in the division.

The Eagles were led by the 19 points of sophomore DeeShawn Tucker. Junior Brayon Blake finished with 16.

The Eagles (2-3 overall) did lose their third non-league game of the season Saturday at the Washington Hoop Challenge at Bellevue College. The Bothell Cougars beat Federal Way, 81-70. All-State guard Zach LaVine scored 29 points for Bothell.

Federal Way got 17 points from Blake, 15 from Tucker and 12 from Malik Montoya.


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