(Reader “DecaturAlum” made a great point this morning, one I obviously missed: Decatur still has only one league loss, albeit to the Eagles. I’ve rewritten accordingly)
With a 17-point win against Kentwood last night, Federal Way has shuffled the SPSL North again.
So the Eagles remain a game back of Decatur, but that’s only until all the teams play again Friday. Because it seems like every night this division goes to work, we come out of it thinking another team has the upper hand.
Federal Way blew out Kentwood in Covington, a shocker for sure. Some saw Kentwood emerging possibly as the Puget Sound’s best answer to No. 1 Ferris come late February. The Conquerors still might be that good, but they weren’t Tuesday. So Federal Way remains only a game back. The Eagles beat Decatur, which has wins against Kentwood and Kentridge, on Jan. 4. Those two meet again Jan. 24.
And meanwhile, Kentridge remains right in the mix, too. Now tied for second with Federal Way and Kentwood, the Chargers — last year’s 4A runner-ups — have a good a chance as anyone of taking the conference.
When I voted late last night/early this morning in the Associated Press poll, which comes out today, I had four SPSL North teams in my top 10, and didn’t feel bad about it at all. This is the top division in the state for basketball.
Yet KingCo 4A might not be too far behind. Did you notice how closely Bothell played with Franklin last night at Franklin? After getting back in it in the second quarter, the Cougars stayed within a point or two of the second-ranked Quakers all night. With Bothell, Inglemoor, Garfield, Redmond and Juanita — yes, Juanita — all playing strong behind No. 2 Franklin and No. 4 Roosevelt, there aren’t many easy nights in the conference.
In girls news, No. 4 Prairie broke out in the fourth quarter for a 73-60 win against No. 2 Skyview in a big Greater St. Helens game. Prairie outscored Skyview 25-12 in the fourth. Area teams likely won’t want to run into either of these teams.
1. Alfie Miller, Mount Rainier, boys basketball. One of the area’s top scorers went off against Hazen, putting in 35 points in a 74-56 win.
2. Dedra Borwn, Kennedy, girls basketball. Led the Lancers with 21 points in a 70-43 victory against Renton.
3. Carlos Rhodes, Renton, boys basketball. Scored 27 points in a big victory for sixth-ranked Renton against Kennedy.
Tonight’s top games
Jackson at Meadowdale, girls basketball, 7:30. Meadowdale looks to avenge its sole loss this season, while Jackson can take an overwhelming lead in the WesCo South with a victory.
Ballard at Eastlake, girls basketball, 7:30. For Eastlake to upset the fifth-ranked Beavers, the Wolves will likely have to find an answer for 6-foot-5 center Jeanette Hansen and Ballard’s pressure D.