Beamer girls pick up first-ever victory


Sports editor

The Todd Beamer girls basketball team made a little history Friday night. The Titans won their first basketball game in school history and it came over cross-town rival Thomas Jefferson, 42-33.

“It is a very exciting win for us,” said Beamer coach Tiffany Rutter. “And now we are excited to get more.”

Beamer (1-9) controlled the game after being outscored by Jefferson 12-7 in the first quarter and used a balanced scoring attack and clutch free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter to get the win. The Raiders remained winless at 0-10.

Gena Woodke led Beamer with 14 points and Selena Dickerson tallied 10 points, including eight in the fourth quarter. Beamer hit 10 free throws in the final quarter to seal the win.

Jefferson was led by the eight points of Trichell Waldo.

Beamer (42) — Gena Woodke 14, Selena Dickerson 10, Jessie Franz 4, Kendra Gardner 4, Kelli Calvin 3, Ashley Hillstead 3, Jessica Hunley 2, Paradise Ramsey 2.

Jefferson (33) — Trichell Waldo 8, Lindsay Radford 6, Kalei Frank 5, Kellie Stoffel 5, Larissa Smith 3, Michelle Borth 2, Kelli Brown 2, Jessica Foster 2.

Federal Way/Decatur

In the most exciting game in the South Puget Sound League South Division this season, the Federal Way Eagles downed Decatur 54-53 in double overtime. The win gets the Eagles back in the thick of the SPSL South playoff race and drops Decatur into third place.

Federal Way sits at 5-3 in the South, good for a fourth-place tie with Spanaway Lake, while Decatur dropped to 6-2.

The game looked to be headed to a third overtime period after the Gators’ Kamrica Ary-Turner hit what looked like a three-pointer at the buzzer. But referees ruled that her foot was on the line, finalizing the score.

Federal Way senior Christine Kim led the Eagles with 22 points, six assists and four steals. Kim played at Decatur last season. Ary-Turner kept Decatur in the game with 19 points.

Decatur took the early 12-7 lead after the first quarter and led 24-21 at the half. Federal Way took a 31-30 lead after the third quarter.

Federal Way (54) — Christine Kim 22, Brittany Bennett 11, Chelsea White 10, Shelby Avaava 5, Whitney Goff 2, Natalie Smith 2, Morgan Swanberg 2.

Decatur (53) — Kamrica Ary-Turner 19, Leanna Pomeroy 15, Caitlin Britt 7, Nicole Collins 5, Amanda Font 4, Ashlie Humphreys 2, Ashlie Cavalieri 1.

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