Last-second shot sinks Federal Way


Sports editor

Bethel’s Amanda DuRocher hit the shot of the lifetime Tuesday night to down the Federal Way girls basketball team. The Bethel junior sunk a near half-court prayer as the buzzer sounded to give the Braves a 59-56 win and drop Federal Way from the ranks of the unbeaten.

“What are you going to do in that situation?,” said Federal Way coach Karin Weberg. “I guess you just tip your hat. I knew it was going in when it left her hand, but it was a heartbreaker.”

The loss was the first of the season for the Eagles, dropping them to 5-1 and 3-1 in the South Puget Sound League South Division. Bethel improved to 3-1 in the South.

With four seconds remaining and the score tied at 56, DuRocher took an out of bounds pass from halfcourt, dribbled once and let the ball go from about 30 feet. The shot bounced around the rim and dropped through as the buzzer was sounding.

“We are not going to focus on the fact that we lost,” Weberg said. “We did a lot of good things and proved that we were a better team. The loss was great and horrible all in one.”

The Eagles were led by seniors Christine Kim and Shelby Avaava. Kim, Federal Way’s leading scorer this season, tallied 18 points, four assists and three steals against Bethel. Avaava had 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals and hit several big shots down the stretch.

The Braves jumped all over the Eagles in the first quarter, rolling out to a 17-point first-quarter lead. Federal Way fought back in the second to cut to Bethel lead to 30-26 at the half.

“The girls battled back and really believed they could win,” Weberg said.

Federal Way (56) — Christine Kim 18, Shelby Avaava 16, Natalie Smith 7, Brittany Bennett 6, Morgan Swanberg 5, Whitney Goff 2, Chelsea White 2.

Bethel (59) — DuRocher 16, Moore 14, Prewitt 13, Barrington 7, Baumes 4, Aszklar 3, Olsen 2.

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