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Federal Way girls streak past Jefferson

By CASEY OLSON

The Mirror

The Federal Way girls basketball team remained the hottest team in the South Puget Sound League South Division with their sixth-straight victory Friday night. The Eagles rolled over Jefferson, 58-24, to remain in fourth place in the South with a 9-4 record. Federal Way lost three games in a row before the Christmas break.

“We are just taking it one game at a time and hoping for the best,” said head coach Karin Weberg.

The Eagles were again led by the offense of senior wing Salena Dickerson. The leading scorer in the state finished with 23 points. But it was the Federal Way defense that was the difference in the game. The Eagles held Jefferson to single-digit points in all four quarters, including four in the second and five in the fourth. Jessica Foster led the Raiders with eight points.

Federal Way had a big game last night (after press time) against first-year Graham-Kapowsin, who sits a half game up on the Eagles at 10-4.

Boys Basketball

For the second time this season, the Decatur Gators came up just short against Curtis. The Vikings downed the Gators Friday night in front of a standing-room only crowd in University Place, 74-71. The loss dropped Decatur into a fourth-place tie in the SPSL South with Bethel and kept Curtis on top of the league with a 12-1 record. Federal Way and Puyallup are tied for second at 11-2.

Decatur senior point guard Andrew Kim had a shot to tie the game, but a 30-foot desperation three-pointer at the buzzer fell short. The Gators trailed by five with four seconds left, but sophomore Marcus Tibbs converted on a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 74-71. Decatur then fouled Alex Seymour, who missed the front end of a 1-and-1, setting up Kim’s final shot. Tibbs and senior post JaRon Brown led the Gators with 21 points each.

The difference in the game was a solid Curtis stretch during the third quarter. Decatur held a 51-44 lead before the Vikings and All-State guard Isaiah Thomas went on a 17-6 run to take a 61-57 lead into the fourth quarter. The Gators led 44-42 at halftime, as they did in the two teams’ first meeting of the season. Thomas tallied a game-high 27 points in front of University of Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar.

The Federal Way Eagle boys basketball team moved to 11-2 in the SPSL South with a solid 82-55 win over Jefferson Friday night. The win sets up a battle for first-place Friday night against Curtis on Federal Way’s home court. The Vikings won the first meeting of the year when Thomas sank two free throws with no time left on the game clock.

The Eagles didn’t waste any time taking control of the game Friday with the Raiders. Federal Way outscored Jefferson 32-6 in the first quarter. The Eagles had four players score in double figures, led by the 23 points of Terrell Smith. Wing Dwayne Alo had his best game of the season with 21 points.

Swimming

The Federal Way Eagles got the best of the Todd Beamer Titans Thursday in an SPSL South swim meet, 109-69.

The Eagles got individual victories from Cameron Moak in the 200-yard individual medley (2:15.48), Eric Ball in the 50 free (25.51) and Brett Scarpello in diving (128.2 points). Beamer got a pair of victories from Kyle Cassinerio in the 200 and 500 frees and Jon Hiett in the 100 back and 100 breaststroke. Hiett’s event wins came in back-to-back races.

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

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