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Basketball teams prepare for playoffs
By COLE COSGROVE
The South Puget Sound League basketball playoffs start this week, and three local teams are participating.
The Jefferson girls team finished the season in second place in the SPSL South with a 13-3 league record and a 14-4 overall record.
Jefferson opens the playoffs against Enumclaw at 2:15 p.m. Saturday at Auburn High School. The winner is the SPSLs No. 3 seed to West Central Districts, the loser is the No. 4 seed.
The Decatur girls slid into the playoffs after losing four of their last five games.
The Gators stopped the losing skid with a 58-35 victory over winless Federal Way in the final regular-season game of the year Friday. Jennifer Morrow scored 16 for Decatur and Kamrica Ary-Turner added 11. Leta Johnson scored 10 for Federal Way.
Decatur, which finished fifth in the SPSL South, plays Auburn at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at Auburn High School in a loser-out game. The winner plays at 11 a.m. Saturday against either Curtis or Kent Meridian. The winner of Saturdays game is the SPSLs No. 7 seed to districts, the loser goes home.
The Federal Way boys basketball team clinched third place in the SPSL South division after a 57-49 win over Decatur Friday.
Myron Hennings led the Eagles with 26 points.
Tamarria Landers scored 16 for Decatur, which finished the season 4-12 in the league, 5-15 overall.
Federal Way plays Auburn, the No. 4 team from the SPSL North, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Auburn. The winner is the SPSLs No. 5 seed to districts, the loser is the No. 6 seed.
While the Jefferson boys basketball team will not be going to the playoffs, the Raiders won three of their last five games, including a 62-47 win over Curtis on Friday. Jared Bronson scored 23 and Kyle Jenkins 17 for the Raiders, who finished 4-12 in league, 5-15 overall.