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Federal Way boys bounce back against Emerald Ridge
By CASEY OLSON
Federal Ways high-powered offense got back on track Saturday night with an 85-75 win over the Emerald Ridge Jaguars. The Eagles offense, which is averaging over 80 points a game, tallied only 46 in a win over Bethel Thursday night.
The two wins move Federal Way into second place in the South Puget Sound League South Division with a 10-2 record. The Eagles are one game back of 11-1 and No. 1-ranked Curtis.
Against Bethel, the Federal Way high-scoring duo of Terrell Smith and Pooh Williams scored a combined 17 points. Smith and Williams are the No. 2 and 3 leading scorers in the SPSL and are averaging a combined 48 points a game.
On Saturday, Williams (25 points a game) tallied 26 points for the sixth-ranked Eagles and Smith (23 a game) poured in 23 against the Jaguars. But the game against Emerald Ridge wasnt decided until the fourth quarter. The Jaguars outscored Federal Way 23-13 in the third quarter and trailed by just six entering the final eight minutes. Smith scored 10 points in the fourth to put away Emerald Ridge.
The Decatur Gators picked up a pair of wins over Puyallup and Rogers last week to improve to 8-3 in the SPSL South.
Thursdays 64-49 victory over Puyallup was a huge one for the Gators. Puyallup entered the game with only one loss in the South and Decatur hadnt beat the Vikings (8-2) on their home court in six seasons.
Decatur raced out to an 8-0 lead and led 30-18 at the half. The Gators were led by JaRon Browns 19 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Andrew Kim had 16 points and Stedman Richardson had 14 and played solid defense on Puyallup star Austin Kilpatrick.
The Federal Way Eagles and star Salena Dickerson continued their hot play last week with a pair of victories, including an overtime win over Bethel Thursday night. Federal Way now sits 8-4 in the SPSL South, good for third place.
The Eagles have won five-straight games since coming back from the Christmas break.
Dickerson, the leading scorer in the state at over 26 points a game, had 20 points in the 66-58 win over Bethel and had 25 Saturday in a 68-43 win over Emerald Ridge. Dickerson has scored 17 or more points in all of the Eagles games this season, including 41 in a Dec. 16 win over Curtis.
Puyallup sits atop the SPSL South with an 11-1 record, followed by the 9-2 Bethel Braves.
The Decatur Gators remained in second place in the SPSL South with a 110-72 win over Thomas Jefferson Thursday. The dual meet featured the last two Class 4A state champions.
The Gators got a pair of individual wins from Seamus Alger and Stephen Sullivan. Alger won the 100-yard butterfly and the 100 breaststroke and Sullivan took the 50 free and 500 free.
Jefferson senior David Bai won the 200 free and 100 free in state-qualifying times.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, firstname.lastname@example.org