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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Federal Way takes control of the SPSL South with win over ERidge
With wins in their final two games in the regular season, the Federal Way girls basketball team can claim its second South Puget Sound League South Division title in a row.
The Eagles (15-3 overall, 13-1 overall) clinched the inside track at the division title by beating second-place Emerald Ridge Wednesday night, 65-43, in a huge matchup.
Emerald Ridge handed Federal Way its lone loss in the SPSL South earlier in the season in overtime, 89-82. But this time around, it was all Eagles.
Federal Way controlled the entire game at home. Raven Benton led the way with 21 points and senior point guard Darah Huetas-Vining helped with the tempo all night and also chipped in 13 points.
The Eagles jumped out to a 17-12 lead after the first quarter and extended the lead to 31-23 at halftime. Federal Way held Emerald Ridge senior guard Taylor Buie basically in check with 23 points. Buie came into the game averaging 25.3 points a game and lit up the Eagles for 46 during their first meeting.
In earlier action, Federal Way beat Graham-Kapowsin Tuesday, 58-43, thanks to 18 points from Benton and 15 from Dyesha Belhumeur.
The Eagles also slipped by Rogers Saturday, 50-47, and beat up Curtis Thursday, 66-25.
Against Rogers, Federal Way used a 16-4 advantage in the second quarter. Huertas-Vining led the way with 18 points and Benton finished with 13.
Against Curtis, Federal Way exploded to a 35-6 lead after the first quarter and cruised the rest of the way. The Eagles' defense held Curtis to single-digit points in all four quarters.
Benton finished with 17 points and Huertas-Vining added 16.
In other girls basketball action:
Beamer — The Titans (7-11 overall, 4-10 SPSL South) got a big win over Graham-Kapowsin Thursday night, 54-39. The Titans blew the game open by outscoring the Eagles, 14-2, during the third quarter. Beamer got 11 points from Meghan Graf.
But the Titans suffered a 61-49 loss to Spanaway Lake Saturday and lost to Rogers Tuesday, 56-47.
Against Spanaway Lake, Graf and Megan Huff scored 43 of Beamer's 49 points on the night. Huff tallied 23 and Graf finished with 20.
Graf scored 19 points during the loss to Rogers, who outscored Beamer 20-11 during the second quarter. Huff aded 11 for the Titans.
Decatur — The Gators (7-11 overall, 3-6 SPSL 3A) beat Peninsula, 47-37, Saturday night, but lost games to Enumclaw Friday and Lakes Tuesday.
On the road against Peninsula, Ayesia Rogers led the Gators with 16 points, Acacia Hall finished with 12 and Abby McFaul had 11.
During Decatur's 58-41 loss to Enumclaw, Rogers finished with over half of the Gators' points. The senior finished with 21.
Lakes downed Decatur, 56-21, Tuesday night after outscoring the Gators, 27-9, during the third quarter. The two teams combined for 0 points in the second quarter. Abby McFaul led Decatur with nine points.
Jefferson — The Raiders (6-12 overall, 4-10 SPSL North) lost a defensive battle Saturday to the Auburn Trojans on the road, 34-27. Jada Piper led TJ with 14 points.
Jefferson also lost back-to-back games to Auburn Riverside Tuesday, 53-38, and Kentwood Wednesday, 52-40. Against Auburn Riverside, Piper led the way with nine points. Kristine Coranado led TJ in scoring during the loss to Kentwood.