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Kentlake too much for FWay

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

The Kentwood Conquerors didn’t do the Federal Way girls basketball team any favors Friday night.

The Conquerors handed the eighth-ranked Kentlake Falcons (10-2) their first South Puget Sound League North Division loss. They also made the Falcons mad and the Eagles were on the wrong end of Kentlake’s frustrations Saturday morning in the opening game of the 2005 King Classic inside Seattle’s KeyArena. Kentlake pounded the Eagles, 56-29. The loss ended a five-game winning streak by Federal Way (5-5 in the SPSL South, 6-6 overall).

The game inside KeyArena was also Federal Way’s second in just 16 hours. The Eagles beat up Decatur Friday night, 59-26, in an SPSL South Division game.

But it was Federal Way who looked a little tired in the first half of play Saturday morning. The Falcons led just 16-13 after the first quarter, thanks to six points from Federal Way senior Brittany Bennett, but really got things rolling in the second quarter against the Eagles.

Federal Way tallied only two points during the eight minutes of play — a lay-up by Selena Dickerson with 58.3 seconds left in the half.

The Eagles’ offensive struggles were due to Kentlake’s ball-hawking defense. The Falcon guards — Luv Rattler and DeeDee Jackson — made it extremely difficult for Federal Way to get the ball up the court, let alone run any type of a half-court offense.

Kentlake’s pressure defense forced the Eagles to commit 37 turnovers, including 22 in the second half.

Dickerson was pretty much the Eagles’ offense Saturday. The junior scored 19 of Federal Way’s 29 points and also hauled in eight rebounds.

Rattler was also the offensive star for Kentlake. The senior finished with 15 points, four rebounds and six steals for the Falcons. Allyson Sievers, a 6-foot-1 center headed to the University of Portland in the fall, finished with 14 points and six rebounds.

Federal Way 59, Decatur 28

Federal Way continued to roll through the SPSL South, winning their fifth straight game Friday night over Decatur, 59-28. The win improved Federal Way to 5-5 in the SPSL South. The loss keeps Decatur winless on the season (0-12).

After losing their first five games in the South, the Eagles are now tied with Puyallup for the fifth and final berth into the SPSL Tournament.

Against Decatur, Federal Way had 10 players score and were led by the 13 points of Bennett. Dickerson and Rowe both scored 11 points. Decatur was led by seven points each from Kendra Jefferson and Kalyn Neils.

Federal Way led 13-6 after the first quarter and 34-10 at the half.

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