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No state tourney yet for Federal Way hoops teams
By CASEY OLSON, The Mirror
State will have to wait for the Jefferson and Federal Way girls basketball teams. Both the Raiders and Eagles dropped winner-to-state games Saturday night and will now have to fight their way through the losers bracket of the West Central District Tournament to earn a berth into the Class 4A State Girls Basketball Championships.
Jefferson was pounded by the eighth-ranked Mount Tahoma Thunderbirds, 81-48, in the district quarterfinals and Federal Way blew a two-point lead in the fourth quarter against ninth-ranked Bellarmine Prep to lose, 56-49.
The Raiders (16-9) will take on Rogers in a loser-out game at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at Foss High School. The Eagles will play Kentlake at 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at Mount Tahoma. Both teams will have to win two games in a row to qualify for state.
Jefferson just couldnt contain the 3-point shooting of Mount Tahoma Saturday night. The Thunderbirds (20-4) hit 13 threes, including five during a 28-point second quarter. Mount Tahoma led 45-18 at halftime.
Federal Way (18-5) had its chances against Bellarmine Prep Saturday night. The Eagles held a two-point advantage entering the fourth quarter, but couldnt hold on at Puyallup High School. Federal Way outscored Bellarmine, 17-8, during the third quarter.
The Eagles were led by the 19 points of freshman guard Brittany Barrington and fellow ninth-grader Talia Walton chipped in 12.
A berth into the boys state tournament will also have to wait for the Decatur Gators. The third-ranked Bellarmine Prep Lions (21-2) clinched a state berth with a 66-62 win Friday night in the West Central District quarterfinals at Mount Tahoma.
Decatur (18-6) led in the first half, before Bellarmine went on a 20-2 run. Marcus Tibbs led the Gators with 17 points and hit a 3-pointer to cut Bellarmines lead to 60-58 late. Avery Bradley scored 26 and Abdul Gaddy 24 for Bellarmine. Darious Walker scored 16 for Decatur, which faced Central Kitsap in a loser-out game last night. The winner of that game will face the winner of a game between North Kitsap and Gig Harbor at 8 p.m. at Auburn High School on Thursday for a berth to the state tournament.
The Federal Way Eagles remained alive with a 64-51 win over Beamer Friday night. The loss ended the Titans season.
Federal Way (16-6) was led by sophomore Cole Dickerson, who scored a season-high 20 points. Dakin Wanquist and Andrew Winton each scored 17 for Beamer (10-14).
Federal Way played Bethel in another loser-out game last night. The winner will play either Curtis or Kentwood at 6 p.m. at Auburn High School Thursday for a state berth.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, email@example.com