Girls basketball: Second-ranked Federal Way tops Auburn; TJ, Decatur, Beamer all lose

The second-ranked Federal Way Eagles remained in a second-place tie in the South Puget Sound League North Division with a 65-43 win over Auburn Tuesday.

The Eagles (13-3 overall, 9-3 in the North) darted out to a 21-4 lead after the first quarter. But Auburn (7-6) came back in the second quarter to cut the Federal Way lead to 34-25 at halftime. The Eagles pulled away in the second half.

The Eagles were led by the 20 points of sophomore guard Darah Huertas-Vining and 12 points each from Dyesha Belhumeur and Chantel Dixon.

Federal Way has four games remaining in the SPSL North regular season. Top-ranked Auburn Riverside (17-0) clinched the division championship Tuesday with an 82-20 win over Kentridge.

The Eagles will fight it out with Kentwood (9-3) for the North's second seed into the SPSL Tournament.

In other girls basketball action:

• The Thomas Jefferson Raiders (6-7) came close against the eighth-ranked Kentwood Conquerors Tuesday night, but didn't have enough in the end. Kentwood (9-3) outscored the Raiders, 20-12, during the fourth quarter. Jefferson led 41-39 entering the final eight minutes of the game.

The Raiders were led by 16 points from Unique Taufa'asau, 13 from Jada Piper and 10 from Hannah Kiyohara.

The Raiders sit one game back of the the Auburn Trojans for the fifth and final playoff spot from the SPSL South with three games to play.

• The Decatur Gators (1-12) came close to getting their second win of the season Tuesday night, but couldn't get by the Curtis Vikings, 37-36. The Vikings outscored Decatur, 9-7, in the fourth quarter.

The Gators were led by 10 points each from Ayesia Rogers and Denisha Green.

• The Todd Beamer Titans (1-11) were beaten by first-place Bethel, 42-23, Tuesday night. Beamer led 8-7 after the first quarter. The Titans got nine points from Shyla Akins.

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