Raiders can't run past Rams

The Rogers girls basketball team handed Jefferson its first loss of the season in a 58-54 win Friday. The Raiders were the No. 4 ranked team in the state heading into the game.

“It proves one thing — we won’t have to worry about going undefeated this year,” said Jefferson coach Mike Grady. “They were patient, they didn’t let us press and trap, which is what we do best. They made TJ slow down, which very few teams have done.”

Rogers out-sized the Raiders under the boards and used a smothering defense to shut down Michelle Morse, the South Puget Sound League’s leading scorer.

Rogers held Morse to just two points in the second half. She scored 13 points in the game, half of her league-leading average of 26.

“It makes us look back and see what we did wrong,” Morse said. “At the end of the season, we’ll look back and it may come back to haunt us, or it may not. We learned a lot from this game. We know we need to work on defense and going to the hole, because we didn’t have them in any foul trouble. The crowd gave us a boost with all the support, but we just came up a little short.”

Jefferson senior guard Jessiye Clark’s 3-pointer pulled the score to 56-52. Clark scored 13 points.

Rogers had a 56-52 lead when Jefferson’s Mitzi Moore grabbed a rebound and was fouled with 4.9 seconds left. Moore rattled in both her shots to cut the deficit to 56-54, then fouled Stephanie Colbo during the inbound pass. Colbo sank both free throws to ice the win. She scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

“Our goal was to out hustle them, and everything else will follow,” said Rogers coach Beth Wing. “We needed to pick up the tempo and attack the basket. We couldn’t do it at first, so we got back to the basics.”

Rogers made 22 of 33 free throw attempts on the way to the win.

“If you want to beat the good teams, you’ve got to make free throws,” Wing said. “We did that tonight.”

Rogers also had an edge in rebounding.

“We’re not blocking out, and if we don’t block out, we’re so short we can’t do anything,” said Jefferson senior guard Jessiye Clark. “I’m glad this happened now and not later in the season. Opening with wins over Port Angeles and Enumclaw, it was like, ‘Dang, we’re pretty superior.’ But now we realize anybody can beat us.”

Jefferson fell to 2-1 in the league and 5-1 overall. Rogers takes over first place in the league with a 3-0 record.

Jefferson plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Spanaway Lake.

Decatur 55, Puyallup 46

The Decatur girls basketball team jumped out to a 27-10 lead in the first quarter, then held on for their first win of the season.

Decatur senior Dekeidra Brewer led the Gators with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Jennifer Morrow had 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Kamrica Ary-Turner had seven assists and two steals.

Decatur is 1-3 in the league and 1-5 overall.

The Gators play at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Central Kitsap at Decatur.

Federal Way 61, Emerald Ridge 51

The Federal Way girls basketball team beat Emerald Ridge 61-51 Friday.Tamara Simpson led the Eagles with 15 points. Ashley Dukehart scored nine, while Shelby Avaava and Rachel Warren scored eight points each.

Federal Way improved its record to 2-2 in the league

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