Federal Way girls upset by Emerald Ridge, 54-47


Sports editor

The Federal Way girls basketball team’s run into the playoffs following their 0-20 season a year ago suffered a big setback Saturday night. The Rogers Rams beat the Eagles in overtime, 54-47.

Federal Way had already beaten the winless Thomas Jefferson Raiders Friday night, 55-38. The split moves the Eagles to 7-4 in the South Puget Sound League South Division and 9-4 overall. They are tied with Decatur for third place in the South with seven games remaining. The top-five advance to the SPSL Tournament.

Saturday night, Rogers’ Stephanie Murphy’s layup with 15 seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime and the Rams outscored the Eagles 9-2 during the five-minute extra session to walk away with the upset win. Rogers came into the game with a 4-6 record in the SPSL South.

Federal Way’s Shelby Avaava led the Eagles with 22 points, including 18 in the second half. But the senior forward fouled out late in the fourth quarter. Christine Kim finished with 14 points.

Rogers had four players in double figures and were led by the 13 points of Natalia Alicea.

Against Jefferson Friday night, the Eagles put the game away in the second quarter. Federal Way outscored the Raiders 26-11 to take a 36-18 lead at the half. Kim led Federal Way with 23 points, which all came in the first three quarters. Chelsea White tallied 13 points.


The Decatur Gator girls basketball team suffered a tough loss Friday night, 58-54, to the Spanaway Lake Sentinels. The Gators didn’t have an answer for the Sentinels’ Laura Olson. The 5-foot-6 guard poured in 26 points.

The Gators fought back Saturday night with a 54-34 win over Beamer to move to 7-4 in the SPSL South and 7-6 overall.

Against Spanaway Lake, Decatur led 23-18 at halftime and took a 37-34 lead into the fourth quarter. Kamrica Ary-Turner led the Gators with 15 points and Nicole Collins had 14.

Saturday night, Decatur used three players in double-figure scoring to down Beamer. Ary-Turner tallied 18 points, Amanda Font had 15 and Ashlie Cavalieri added 10. Beamer was led by the 14 points of Selena Dickerson.


The Todd Beamer High School girls basketball team came close Friday and Saturday nights, but still came up short in a pair of SPSL South games. Puyallup got by the Titans Friday night, 39-27, and Decatur downed Beamer, 57-37 Saturday. The two losses drop the Titans to 1-10 in the South and 1-12 overall.

Against Puyallup, Beamer kept the game close in the first quarter, but fell behind 17-10 at the half. The Titans cut the Viking lead to 17-14 midway through the third quarter, but Puyallup then went on a 10-2 run heading into the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Beamer hung around in the fourth quarter by taking the ball to the basket and getting fouled by Puyallup players. The Titans went 6-for-12 from the free-throw line to cut the lead to seven with two minutes to go.

“Puyallup was able to run some time off the clock and hit clutch free throws down the stretch to preserve the win,” said Beamer coach Tiffany Rutter.

Gena Woodke led Beamer with 10 points and 13 rebounds and Salena Dickerson tallied nine points and four assists.


The Thomas Jefferson girls remained winless with two losses last weekend. The Raiders were beaten by Federal Way, 55-38, Friday and lost a tight one Saturday to the Emerald Ridge Jaguars, 47-42. Jefferson is now 0-11 in the SPSL South and 0-13 overall.

Saturday against Emerald Ridge, the Raiders attempted to make a strong fourth-quarter comeback, but fell short. Jefferson trailed 40-26 entering the fourth, after being outscored 34-18 in the second and third quarters.

Trichell Waldo led the Raiders with 18 points and Lindsay Radford chipped in 14.

Saturday night box scores

Federal Way (47) — Shelby Avaava 22, Christine Kim 14, Brittany Bennett 5, Whitney Goff 2, Morgan Swanberg 2, Chelsea White 2.

Rogers (54) — Alicia 13, Murphy 12, Rasmussen 12, Dodson 10, Erlenmeyer 2, Greer 2, Uhling 2, Simmons 1.


Decatur (54) — Kamrica Ary-Turner 18, Amanda Font 15, Ashlie Cavalieri 10, Leanna Pomeroy 6, Nicole Collins 5.

Beamer (34) — Selena Dickerson 14, Rachel Thatcher 8, Gena Woodke 6, Jessica Hunley 4, Kelli Calvin 1, Ashley Hillstead 1.


Jefferson (42) — Trichell Waldo 18, Lindsay Radford 14, Kalei Frank 5, Kelli Brown 2, Jessica Foster 2, Michelle Borth 1.

Emerald Ridge (47) — Wells 17, Cartledge 7, Sas 5, Reich 4, Schwartz 4, Townsend 4, Inversen 2, Knieriem 2, Logan 2.

Friday night box scores

Federal Way (55) — Christine Kim 23, Chelsea White 13, Shelby Avaava 8, Morgan Swanberg 4, Brittany Bennett 3, Hazel Bell-Robinson 2, Bree Rowe 2.

Jefferson (38) — Michelle Borth 6, Jessica Foster 6, Lindsay Radford 6, Trichell Waldo 6, Kalei Frank 5, Larissa Smith 4, Lisa Clark 3, Kellie Stoffel 2.


Decatur (54) — Kamrica Ary-Turner 15, Nicole Collins 14, Ashlie Cavalieri 8, Amanda Font 8, Leanna Pomeroy 6, Caitlin Britt 3.

Spanaway Lake (58) — Olson 26, Kilgore 12, Perez 7, Henry 6, Stephen 5, Harris 2.


Beamer (27) — Kelli Calvin 2, Ashley Hillstead 2, Gena Woodke 10, Jessica Hunley 2, Selena Dickerson 9, Kendra Gardner 2.

Puyallup (39) — Scletzbaum 8, Lawson 7, Rubert 6, Brown 5, Kindle 4, Kitts 4, Engels 2, Williams 2, Wheless 1.

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