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Jefferson picks up first victory
By CASEY OLSON
The Thomas Jefferson Raiders girls basketball team wont have a zero in its win column anymore. The Raiders picked up their first victory of the season in their final game Friday night. Jefferson avenged an earlier loss to the Todd Beamer Titans with a 63-35 blowout inside their home gym.
The victory improves the Raiders to 1-19 overall and 1-17 in the South Puget Sound League South Division. The Titans finish their inaugural season with the same record. Their victory over Jefferson came Jan. 16.
Friday night, the Raiders dominated the second, third and fourth quarters to run away from Beamer. Jefferson and the Titans played pretty even in the first quarter before the Raiders outscored Beamer 47-22 in the final three quarters.
Jefferson had eight players score at least four points during the game, led by the 14 of senior Trichell Waldo in the final game of her Raider career. Junior Larissa Smith had the best game of her career with 10 points. Junior Kalei Frank chipped in nine and senior Kelli Stoffel had eight points for Jefferson.
The senior-less Titans were led by the 15 points of sophomore Selena Dickerson. Freshman Gena Woodke had nine and freshman Kelli Calvin tallied eight for Beamer.
First-year Jefferson coach Jerry Krueger will return all but three players from this years roster. Gone will be Waldo, Stoffel and 5-foot-11 post Lindsay Radford. Beamer coach Tiffany Rutter returns her entire 11-girl roster, which includes only three juniors.
Its been fun, Rutter said. They are a great group of girls.
The Gators missed out on a chance to claim the third seed into the SPSL Tournament and an automatic berth into West Central Districts with a 51-46 loss to the Federal Way Eagles Friday night.
The loss meant Decatur finished in a tie with Rogers at 12-6 for third place in the South. Decatur and Rogers played last night at Auburn Riverside to break the tie. The winner will be the third seed and play Auburn Riverside (North No. 3-seed) Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Puyallup High School. The loser will have to win a pair of games to qualify for the district tournament. The first of those will be against Enumclaw (North No. 5) Thursday at 5 p.m. at Puyallup in a loser-out game. The winner will play at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Puyallup for the seventh seed to districts.
Friday nights game against Decatur, was basically meaningless for Federal Way. The Eagles (11-7 in the South, 13-7 overall) had already clinched the fifth seed into the SPSL South Tournament. Federal Way will play Kentlake (fourth-seed from the SPSL North) at 8 p.m. Thursday at Puyallup in a loser-out game. The winner will play the winner of Decatur or Rogers/Enumclaw at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Friday night, the two teams played a game of runs inside Decaturs gym. After an 11-9 Decatur first-quarter lead, the Eagles went on a 16-4 run in the second quarter to take a 25-15 lead into halftime. But the Gators came out in the third quarter with a 22-12 run of its own to tie the game heading into the fourth.
But Federal Ways Christine Kim was just too much. The senior transfer from Decatur scored 27 points to lead the Eagles to the momentum-building win. Chelsea White chipped in 11 points for Federal Way.
Kamrica Ary-Turner led Decatur with 18 points and senior Amanda Font added 10.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, email@example.com