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Versatility lands Frank and Dickerson Co-Most Valuable Player honors

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

It wasn’t the best year, as far as records go, for high school girls basketball in the Federal Way school district.

Beamer, Decatur, Federal Way and Thomas Jefferson combined to go 21-59 in the South Puget Sound League and all failed to advance into the postseason. But that doesn’t mean there was a lack of individual talent in the city, especially from Jefferson senior Kalei Frank and Federal Way junior Salena Dickerson. The pair highlight the Mirror’s 2005 All-City Girls Basketball Team. Frank and Dickerson earned Co-Most Valuable Player honors. The pair were also named second-team All-SPSL South by the league’s coaches late last week.

Frank was the heart and soul of a TJ team that was coming off an 0-20 season a year ago. The Raiders improved to 9-11 this year and finished one-game short of qualifying for the fifth and final spot into the SPSL Tournament.

“She was the glue that held our team together,” said TJ coach Jerry Krueger. “Her leadership on and off the court kept us playing as a team and enjoying the game of basketball.”

Frank, a 5-foot-5 point guard, led Jefferson in scoring at 11.2 a game, but also pulled down an amazing 6.4 rebounds, including 16 in a game against Federal Way.

“She was the best rebounding guard in the league,” said Beamer head coach Tiffany Rutter. “Not many players average over six rebounds a game, but a point guard? That’s pretty amazing.”

Frank, who has already accepted a scholarship to play at Tacoma Community College in the fall, also finished in the top-10 in the SPSL in assists (2.1 a game) and steals (three a game).

“She is a fierce competitor and an absolute joy to coach,” Krueger said.

Dickerson filled up the stat sheet for the Eagles after transferring from Beamer before her junior season. The 5-foot-10 forward led the SPSL South in scoring at 15.9 a game, but also led the Eagles with 9.35 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 2.1 steals a game.

“Salena is a steady player whose performance is always consistent,” said Federal Way coach Karin Weberg. “She doesn’t get easily rattled and, as a result, can perform in the clutch. Also, she loves to play the game of basketball and dedicates herself, year-round, to improving her game.”

And Dickerson, the sister of former Federal Way, Arizona and NBA star Michael Dickerson, still has another season with the Eagles.

“She has unlimited potential,” Weberg said. “Her statistics speak for themselves and are evidence of a very well-rounded game. Her potential, combined with her work ethic and positive attitude will ensure even more improvement prior to her senior year.”

Joining Frank and Dickerson on the All-City team are a pair of Federal Way guards, seniors Brittany Bennett (8.4 points, 6.2 rebounds) and Chelsea White (7.1 points, 2.3 assists), Beamer sophomore forward Gena Woodke (9.2 points, 9.6 rebounds), TJ senior Jessica Foster (5.7 points and 5.4 rebounds) and Decatur senior guard Kendra Jefferson (5.3 points, 1.5 steals).

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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