Todd Beamer girls basketball continues their unbeaten season this year taking down Mount Rainier on Dec. 12 by a score of 58-51.
Entering the game, the Titans were 3-0 and the Rams were traveling to Federal Way with a record of 2-1, with their only loss coming to Auburn Mountainview by 2 points in their previous game.
Todd Beamer was in control all night, never trailing at all throughout the game. At the end of the first quarter, Beamer went on a run, taking a nine-point lead into the break.
Mount Rainier deployed a full court press to create pressure on the Titans. Todd Beamer Head Coach Corey Alexander was proud of how his girls cracked the press.
“They needed that kind of pressure. I am glad they (Mount Rainier) did and I think they handled it pretty good,” Alexander said.
At the end of the first half, the Rams had shrunk the lead down to five, with Beamer still on top 35-30. The Beamer defense allowed Mount Rainier to score eight total points in the third quarter, entering the fourth with a nine-point lead at 47-38.
Beamer’s offense and defense are led by the Jackson twin sisters, Kayanna and Dreanna, who both played a key role in the victory.
“They bring the energy, and we feed off of it. As long as they bring the energy on both ends of the floor, the team will follow,” said Alexander.
Inside of the last five minutes, the game got increasingly competitive and both teams were sensing the intensity. The Rams got the game back to within five, and Kayanna went down with a calf injury. The Titans called a timeout and coach Alexander wanted to bring the team together.
“Mount Rainier put us to the test. We had a couple of crucial turnovers and we just needed to regroup,” Alexander said.
Kayanna tried to remind her team in crunch time it’s always good to focus on your team members around you: “I just focus on my teammates. We’re still teammates at the end of the day and play strong and play together.”
It is also easy when one of your teammates is your identical twin sister: “It’s amazing to have that opportunity.”
With 1:56 left, Mt. Rainier was down by three points, and it was a clutch basket from Kayanna who helped push the Titans to victory.
“I was just playing my game,” she said after the game.
The Titans have two more games to play before holiday break. They take on Kentwood on the road Dec. 15, and Roosevelt on Dec. 17.