TJ girls end vacation with a win


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Mount Rainier went on a 16-1 run the last five minutes of the game, but it was too little, too late to catch the Jefferson girls basketball team. The Raiders held on for a 51-41 non-league win Friday at Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines.

Ž“It was a come-back-from-break game,Ž” said Jefferson senior Kim Brown, who scored seven points. Ž“But we stuck it out and played hard. We need to rebound better. Second shots are hurting us.Ž”

Jefferson was up 32-20 at halftime thanks to a 19-6 run in the second quarter. Jefferson senior Chelsea Hunt scored all of her game--high 18 points in the first half on 9-for-10 shooting. She was 0-2 in the second half during limited playing time.

Ž“WeŽ’ve got a great player in Chelsea Hunt,Ž” Jefferson coach Mike Grady said. Ž“SheŽ’s so quickŽ”

Jefferson increased its lead to 50-25 three minutes into the fourth quarter, but turnovers and sloppy play from JeffersonŽ’s bench players allowed Mount Rainier to go on the late spurt.

Ž“TheyŽ’re a very good 3A team,Ž” Grady said. Ž“Mount Rainier played hard. WeŽ’ve got to be more consistent. We have height and rebounding will be our strength, but weŽ’ve got to work on it.Ž”

Jefferson returned to SPSL South play last night against Bethel. The Raiders next match up is at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Spanaway Lake at Jefferson.

Decatur 50, Skyview 32

Decatur traveled to Vancouver, Wash. to face Skyview and held the host team to just 10 points in the first half.

The Gators led 24-10 at the break and rolled to a 50-32 victory.

Decatur junior Kamrica Ary-Turner and senior Jennifer Morrow scored 12 points each for Decatur. Christine Kim added 10.

After last nightŽ’s return to league play against Emerald Ridge, the Gators host Jefferson at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 14. Decatur continues its cross-town rivalry week at Federal Way at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17.

Kentridge 56, Federal Way 39

Federal Way collided with one of the best teams in the SPSL during a cross-over game with North Division team Kentridge, which had won four-straight entering the contest. Federal Way has not won yet this year. That streak continued, as Kentridge took a 56-39 win.

Shelby Avaava scored 20 for Federal Way (0-8).

After last nightŽ’s game against Rogers, Federal Way hosts Curtis at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10. The Eagles then host Decatur at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17.

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