Federal Way's Dickerson making a name for herself


The Mirror

Salena Dickerson’s last name is synonymous with high school basketball in Federal Way.

That’s just what happens when your half brother, Michael, is the most successful player to ever lace up a pair of sneakers in the city.

Michael Dickerson earned state player of the year honors while at Federal Way High School, won a national championship as a starter on the 1997 University of Arizona team and had a solid six-year career in the NBA after being a first-round selection by the Houston Rockets.

But Salena Dickerson, the 5-foot-11 Federal Way High School senior, has moved out of the large shadow cast by her brother and made quite a name for herself around the South Puget Sound League and the state by earning her second-straight Mirror Girls Basketball Player of the Year honor. She shared the award last year with Jefferson’s Kalei Frank.

“Salena was a versatile player last year,” said Federal Way coach Karin Weberg. “However she produced even more this year. In terms of improvement, Salena has worked hard to become more physical and aggressive, which can be seen in all facets of her game, but especially defensively.”

Dickerson had an amazing senior season for the Eagles, who finished second in the SPSL South with a 15-5 record and advanced into the West Central/Southwest District Tournament for the first time since 1998. Dickerson scored nearly half of Federal Way’s points during the regular season, averaging a robust 26.1 points a game to lead the state. She tallied 522 points in 20 games. The next highest Federal Way scorer was junior Bree Rowe, with 141 points.

Dickerson also led the Eagles with 11.3 rebounds a game and actually had more offensive than defensive rebounds. She also was the team leader in steals, free-throw percentage, 3-point percentage and field-goal percentage.

Dickerson is undecided where she will play college basketball next year.

Joining Dickerson on the Mirror’s All-City Girls Basketball team are Decatur sophomore Gena Woodke, Beamer junior Kiara Schaffer, Federal Way junior Bree Rowe and Jefferson junior Michelle Borth.

The 5-11 Woodke did everything for the Gators, leading Decatur in points (12.8 a game), rebounding (9.7), blocked shots and steals.

“She is a guard in a post’s body,” said Beamer head coach Tiffany Rutter. “She can break the press off the dribble and D up the post.”

The 6-foot Schaffer was one of the quickest post players in the SPSL South and led the Titans in scoring (9.7 points), rebounds (10.4), steals (2.1) and blocked shots (1.0).

Rowe was the energy behind Federal Way’s second-place finish in the SPSL South. She is an aggressive defender who created numerous turnovers during the Eagles’ full-court defense. Rowe averaged 7.1 points a game, three rebounds, three assists and three steals.

The 5-9 Borth was a solid all-around player for the Raiders all season. Her stats weren’t eye-popping, 5 points, 5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.8 steals a game, but she did everything well.

“She is one of those players that makes everyone on her team better,” Rutter said.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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