It’s a three-game week for most of the SPSL 4A girls basketball teams.
Mount Rainier, which bumped up from 3A this school year, continues to show it belongs in the North Division. The Rams beat Auburn Thursday night, 56-33, to prep for Saturday’s showdown with No. 7 Kentwood. The Rams’ only losses this season have been to Kentwood (by four at Kentwood) and No. 9 Auburn Riverside (both games within seven points).
I plan to be there. If you haven’t seen freshman twins Brittany and Jordan McPhee, you should take this opportunity. Against Auburn, Brittany scored 21 points and Jordan added 17. It’s also a chance to catch Kentwood sparkplug Kylie Huerta, the 5-1 guard who averages nearly 20 points a game. She has signed with Eastern.
Kentwood hasn’t played since last Friday, but faces Kentridge tonight as part of the Les Schwab Kent Shootout at ShoWare.
Here are highlights from some of the other Thursday girls games, staying with the SPSL for starters:
Auburn Riverside 61, Tahoma 41
Kat Cooper poured in 22 points and Brook Hinkens hit for 14 for the Ravens. Tahoma’s top two were Katie Buskey (21) and Jordan Eberhardt (10).
Beamer 57, Graham-Kapowsin 50 (OT)
The feel-good story of the season continues to be Beamer’s run toward a playoff berth behind the guidance of coach Heather Sugg, who is fighting an inoperable brain tumor. The the third win in a row for Titans, who have pulled into fourth place in the SPSL 4A South with three games remaining (top five teams qualify for the league tournament). Shyla Atkins led the way against G-K with 21 points, while Meghan Graf had 18 and Megan Huff 14. For G-K, Molissika Sar scored 11 and Taylor Rayburn 10.
Federal Way 72, Curtis 10
UW-bound Talia Walton went off for 25 points for the top-ranked Eagles. who also got 12 from Dyesha Bellhumeur.
Rogers 60, Spanaway Lake 54
Both teams put three players in double digits. For Rogers, they were Jordan Asher (18), Kaitlyn Sauders (17) and Kalani Ulufale (11). Nneka Nnadi led the Spanaway trio with 20, followed by Leanne Willingham (17) and Chakeyla Cobb (11).
Bethel 45, Puyallup 34
Danielle Tabb scored 14 and Karina Farr 11 for the Braves, while Puyallup got 14 from Kasey Balmer.
Cascade Christian 66, Vashon 34
Chloe Read (16), Kaydn Coltem (14) and Caycee Creech (10) keyed the Nisqually League victory. Vashon’s Charlott Kehoe did her part with 16.
Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) 70, Coupleville 38
Scoring machine Rachel Staudacher nearly outpointed Coupeville herself with 32 and Erin Halvorson chipped in 14. Kendra O’Keefe had 12 for Coupleville.
Mount Vernon Christian 57, Cedar Park Christian (Mountlake Terrace) 29
Jess Castor (15) and Jenna Otis (14) accounted for all of Cedar Park’s points in the Northwest 1A/2B game. Mount Vernon got 19 from Melanie Kuipers and matching 11s from Adrianna deHaan and Kylie Whitener.
Evergreen Lutheran 48, Rainier Christian 38
Erika Herman paced the winners with 23 points, while Erica Hansen chipped in 11. Rainier Christian got 10 from Kim Brumfield in the Sea-Tac 2B contest.
Bear Creek 34, Tacoma Baptist 25
Tacoma’s Paige Narayan was the only player in double figures with 10 as Bear Creek relied on its balance.
Crosspoint 32, Seattle Lutheran 27
Breyenne Mosey (16) and Katie Anderson (13) did nearly all of the damage for Crosspoint, while Emma Mahboub led Seattle Lutheran with 10.
Mount Rainier Lutheran 52, Puget Sound Adventist 49
Alexis Fynboe led Mount Rainier with 12 and five teammates had six or more in the Sea-Tac 1B game. Four Puget Sound players hit double digits — Rachel Peterson (13), Aulola Kinemoa (12), Mina Mirmotahari (12) and Alyssa Beddoe (10).