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Gator girls suffer first SPSL loss

By COLE COSGROVE

Associate editor

In an early-season test for the previously undefeated teams, Decatur flunked the second half on its way to a 61-42 loss to Puyallup last Friday in South Puget Sound League girlsŽ’ basketball.

Ž“ItŽ’s been quite a rivarly the last few years,Ž” Decatur coach Colby Rogers said. Ž“While this game means a lot, there are still a lot more games left in the season.Ž”

The Gators started strong and led 19-12 after the first quarter, but Puyallup went on a quick 10-4 run, including a three-point play that cut DecaturŽ’s lead to 23-22 with 4:20 left in the second quarter.

Decatur came back with the help of a Kamrica Ary-Turner three-pointer and still led 24-20 at halftime.

But in the second half, the Gators couldnŽ’t get it together on offense. In the first seven minutes of the half, Puyallup outscored Decatur 16-2 as the Gators managed just one basket ŽÑ when Ary-Turner forcefully drove to the hoop, initiating contact with at least two players along the way.

Ary-Turner scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. She was the only player to score a field goal in the second half for the Gators, who made just three of 15 shots in the fourth quarter.

Ž“I was trying to step up and get something done, as a leader and a captain,Ž” Ary-Turner said. Ž“We need to look for open shots and be more patient.Ž”

Meanwhile, the Gators couldnŽ’t find an answer for PuyallupŽ’s 5-10 senior Kim Krippaehne, who scored 34 points.

During the winter break, Decatur hosts Lindbergh (7-1) for a non-league game at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday.

The Gators resume their SPSL schedule when they host Emerald Ridge at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 7.

Jefferson 52, Rogers 34

Jefferson led 31-9 at halftime after outscoring Rogers 21-5 in the second quarter. Jefferson senior Chelsea Hunt led the Raiders with 21 points and nine steals.

Ž“Chelsea had a great game and incredible stuff,Ž” Jefferson coach Mike Grady said. Ž“The girls played well. We kind of jumped on them at the start, and in the second quarter everybody kicked in.Ž”

Rogers made just seven field goals all night, but shot 20-for-23 from the free throw line for the majority of its points.

JeffersonŽ’s next game is a non-league date at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 3 at Mount Rainier High School .

Jefferson returns to SPSL South play at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 7 at home against Bethel.

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