Gators win first game since 2004

The Mirror

It took 30 games and over two years, but the Decatur girls basketball team finally got back in the win column Tuesday night. The Gators used an 18-5 fourth quarter to down the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles, 50-43, in a South Puget Sound League South Division game at Decatur.

The win moved the Gators to 1-9 on the season and was their first victory since the 2003-04 season. Decatur finished 0-20 last season.

The Gators seemed like they were on their way to their 31st loss in a row until the fourth quarter. Decatur trailed 38-32 entering the final eight minutes of play before the Gators outscored Graham-Kapowsin 18-5 in the quarter.

Decatur had three players in double figures, led by the 14 of Gena Woodke. Yani Coleman chipped in 13 and Ayrelle Williams had 12 points for the Gators. Jen Cogburn led Graham-Kapowsin (6-4) with 20 points.

Federal Way High School senior Salena Dickerson continued her monster season with another monster game Tuesday night. The 5-foot-10 Dickerson scored 31 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and had five steals during a 67-58 win over the Todd Beamer Titans.

The win was the EaglesÂ’ third in a row following the Christmas Break and moves Federal Way into a tie for third place in the SPSL South with Graham-Kapowsin and Rogers. All three teams have 6-4 records. Bethel and Puyallup are tied atop the division at 9-1.

Federal Way jumped all over the Titans, who beat the Eagles last season, in the first quarter. Federal Way outscored Beamer 18-9 in the first eight minutes.

The Titans were led by the 18 points of Kaylah Scott.

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