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January 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Get your Valley Medical Showcase game recaps here

With the “I have a Dream” Matchup event at Foster cancelled due to the weather and road conditions, I decided to head to ShoWare in Kent for the Valley Medical Showcase.

Doug Drowley and I are covering the two girls and five boys games. We will be tweeting updates and I will be posting game recaps throughout the day.

I’ve also received word that Game Time Northwest will be webcasting the final game at 7:30 p.m. between Kentwood and Jefferson. You can follow the action here.

Kentwood 66, Jefferson 39

The Conquerors (10-5 overall, 8-3 SPSL North) moved into a first-place tie with Kent-Meridian with five games left in the league season. The Raiders (5-9, 3-8) got down early and never could mount a serious charge. Austin Benson led Kentwood with 15 points and four rebounds

Kentridge 73, Kent-Meridian 69

The Chargers scored the first 16 points of the game, led 30-11 after one quarter, then had to hang on to beat the Royals (10-5 overall, 8-3 SPSL North).

Kentridge (9-6, 6-5) had three players score in double-figures, led by John Okot-Okidi’s 17 points. Jawan Stepney added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

That was just enough to offset a huge night from Kent-Meridian senior Mike Banks, who made 10 of 21 field goals, including 5 of 8 3-pointers, and finished with a game-high 34 points.

Benson Tech (Portland) 65, Mount Rainier 56

Adrian Davis scored a game-high 22 points, hitting 10 of 14 free throws, but the Rams (ranked No. 8 in Class 4A) lost their fourth straight game to fall to 9-6.

Malik Rodgers added 12 points and Caden Rowland had 10.

Benson Tech (10-2) was led by Jaxx Johnson with 18. Jordan Ewell and Frank Norman chipped in 11 apiece. The Techmen, who led 31-25 at the half, shot 46.8 percent from the field.

Kennedy Catholic 61, Clover Park 58

Mitch Penner pumped in 21 points and pulled down 22 rebounds as the Lancers (11-2) knocked off the Warriors, the defending 2A state champions who are currently ranked No. 1.

Penner, who made only 2 of 12 shots in the opening half, scored 13 after intermission, including a key pair of free throws with 23 seconds left. Anthony McCluskey iced the victory with another pair with 12.5 on the clock. A.J. McGrew added 10 points and nine boards.

David Crisp and Ahmaad Rorie paced Clover Park with 25 and 22 points, respectively.

Kentwood girls 57, Federal Way 42

Down 40-36 with just over five minutes to play, the Conquerors (11-3) closed out the game on a 21-2 run to upset the 10th-ranked Eagles (10-3).

Maddison Rankin, Kentwood’s lone senior starter, nailed a pair of three-pointers to help fuel the comeback and finished with 13 points. Sophomore Sarah Toeaina was key with 11 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Jenny Johnson, another sophomore, finished with a team-high 14 points.

Federal Way, which placed second at state last year, got a game-high 19 points and four steals from senior Darah Huertas-Vining, who had missed the previous two games with an ankle injury. Raven Benton added 11 before fouling out with 2:23 to play.

Cascade Christian 34, Auburn Mountainview 32

Shawn Spencer, a 6-foot-9 junior, put together 13 points, nine rebounds, five blocks and three steals to lead the Cougars (7-5), the defending 1A state champions.

Mountainview (10-5) trailed 29-18 with 6:43 left in the game before roaring back. Marion Beauchamp tied it at 32 on a bucket with 2:16 to play, but failed to score the rest of the way. Cascade Christian hit 2-of-4 free throws down the stretch to win it.

Beauchamp led the Lions with nine points.

Auburn Riverside girls 65, Bellarmine 47

Junior Shantell Jackson scored 11 of of her game-high 19 points in the third quarter as the Ravens, ranked No. 8 in Class 4A, pulled away from the Lions.

Riverside (12-1), which plays No. 3 Mount Rainier Tuesday (weather permitting), led just 34-28 bfore scoring the final 13 points of the third.

Jackson, who comes off the bench, added eight rebounds, five steals and two assists. Jalea Crump added 13 points and five rebounds, while Karina Gee chipped in 11 points.

Bellarmine (10-3), which returned just one starter from the team that placed sixth at state last season was led by Jasmyne Homes with 15 points and six rebounds. Nakaira Petty added nine points and seven boards.

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