I knew it was going to be a great girls basketball game Tuesday night between Auburn Riverside, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, and Kentwood. I had another assignment, but freelancer Matt Massey was there and wrote this story.
With the victory, Kentwood snapped Riverside’s 28-game winning streak in the SPSL 4A North Division. The Ravens’ last league loss was also to Kentwood, back on Jan. 20 of 2009, 61-45. They later lost a league tiebreaker game to Federal Way, but that didn’t count in the league standings.
Riverside went on to place fourth at state, losing in the quarterfinals to Moses Lake, while Kentwood won it all behind the play of star senior guard Lindsey Moore, now at Nebraska.
The Ravens took their final two games to get that fourth-place trophy, then went 29-0 last season and had won 39 consecutive in-state games before Tuesday’s loss. Their only other defeat this season was to South Eugene (Ore.) in the Nike Northwest Invitational. They then beat another Central Catholic of Porland before knocking off eight straight Washington teams.
Kentwood and Auburn Riverside meet again to close out the regular season on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Kentwood. It’s already on my calendar.
Here are some other girls highlights from Tuesday:
Beamer 41, Puyallup 31
Shayla Akins scored 14 points to lead the Titans to the key SPSL South victory. They currently are tied with Spanaway Lake for the fifth and final berth into the SPSL playoffs at 4-4 in division play. Lazara Balenca had 10 for Puyallup.
Federal Way 77, Spanaway Lake 43
UW-bound Talia Walton poured in 23 points for the top-ranked Eagles, while fellow senior Brittany Barrington scored 14 in her season debut coming off a knee injury. Sophomore Raven Benton added 10. Spanaway Lake was led by Nneka Nnadi (14) and Leanne Willingham (13).
Auburn 45, Kent-Meridian 39
Aubreyana Anderson (12) and Malaika Henry (10) both hit double-figures for the Trojans, while Erin Fischer and Kirstiana Strickland had twin 10-spots for K-M.
Tahoma 54, Kentlake 40
Senior Katie Buskey provided nearly half of the Bears’ points with 25 (she’s averaging 17.6), while freshman Jordan Eberhardt had 15. Kentlake got 10 points from Alyssa Simonson.
Emerald Ridge 64, Rogers 43
Three ER players scored in double figures, led by Taylor Buie with 23, as the Jaguars improved to 10-1 (their lone loss has been to Federal Way). Jasmine Parker had 19 and Jadea Brundeidge 12. Rogers, which was outscored 34-12 in the middle two quarters, was led by Kaitlyn Sauders and Kalani Ulufale with 13 apiece.
The ER-FW rematch is next Tuesday at ER.
Mount Rainier 62, Jefferson 15
The Rams, who have lost to only Auburn Riverside and Kentwood, bolted to a 22-2 first-quarter lead and had eight players score in the game, led by freshman Brittany McPhee (17) and junior Kiana Gandy (15).
Bethel 48, Curtis 33
Kariana Farr had 11 points and Danielle Tabb added 10 as the Braves remained tied for third place in the SPSL South with Rogers at 5-3. LeShawn Jordan hit 10 for Curtis.
Hazen 63, Renton 56
Scoring-machine Airashay Rogers notched 20 points and three others scored 12 each — Michelle Wnek, Keyanna Reed and Anastasia Pallis. Rogers, a junior, who came in averaging 26.9 points a game, was oh-so-close to a triple-double with nine rebounds and nine steals. Wnek also picked off nine steals.
Renton freshman Taylor Farris dropped in a game-high 23, while junior Tia Bryant added 10 for the Indians.
Bonney Lake 55, Lakes 53 (OT)
Carlie Elwin poured in a game-high 21 points as the Panthers handed the Lancers (ranked No. 7 in Class 3A) their first SPSL 3A loss of the season. Danielle Downing added 11 and Savannah Moorehouse 10. Lakes got 18 points from Aubre Mitchell and 14 from Stevonna Scott.
Decatur 43, Enumclaw 40 (OT)
The Gators were sparked by Alexis Cole (17 points) and A’yesia Rogers (12). For Enumclaw, Hannah Calvert and Jessica Snoen put up 11 apiece.
Archbishop Murphy 58, Lakewood 23
Beth Carlson got off to a hot start with 12 of her game-high 17 points in a 24-2 first quarter as the Wildcats cruised to the Cascade Conference victory. Kelsy Rasmussen chipped in 15. Kaylee Diggs scored 10 for Lakewood.
King’s 54, South Whidbey 26
Joclyn Kirton (17) and Andrea Berendsen (12) led the way for King’s in another Cascade Conference game, while Jessica Manca had 10 for South Whidbey.
White River 68, Franklin Pierce 33
Brooke Paulson popped in 23 points, while Rani Wiegand had 14 and Sabra Spoul 11 as the Hornets remained unbeaten in SPSL 2A play.
Sumner 64, Clover Park 47
Senior Angie Sanchez went off for a season-high 28 points for the Spartans. CP got 16 from Naomi Brown and 11 from Danielle Pritchard.
Fife 47, Steilacoom 26
The Trojans, who held Steilacoom scoreless in the third quarter after leading just 20-17 at the half, were paced by Haley Steever (12) and Ciara Pedroni (10). Fife’s Jessica Miller had a game-high 14.
Seattle Christian 52, Cascade Christian 37
Maddie Harris led a trio of Seattle Christian players in double figures with 22, followed by Katie Collier (15) and Catie Shelton (10). The Warriors have been without star Lexi Peterson (Oregon commit) since she went down with a knee injury early in the season. Caycee Creech did her best to keep Cascade in it with 21 points.
Tacoma Baptist 53, Evergreen Lutheran 33
Erica Hansen had 11 points in the loss. Alyssa Wolf led TB with 20, while Taylor Telen had 11.