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Hungry Beamer flattens Federal Way, 60-42 | Girls Basketball

By Sandy Ringer
Seattle Times staff reporter

FEDERAL WAY — They weren't hungry enough the first time. Given a second chance, the Beamer Titans played like they were starved.

Beamer ate up 10th-ranked Federal Way in the second half Friday night to secure the Titans' first SPSL 4A South girls basketball title, pulling way for a 60-42 victory.

The Eagles won 52-51 three weeks earlier on their court, and afterward Beamer coach Corey Alexander said they simply played with more desire.

Not this time.

"We wanted it really bad," said Megan Huff, a 6-foot-3 junior who contributed 18 points, seven rebounds and five big blocks.

Host Beamer (17-3 overall, 15-1) had wrapped up at least a share of the South title, and No. 1 seed, by beating sixth-ranked Puyallup on Tuesday. But there was still a lot of pride at stake. The Titans had beaten Federal Way only one other time, in 2005.

And they felt they had something to prove after that January loss, which knocked them out of the state rankings.

"We wanted to make a statement, that we're here and we're the No. 1 (South) team for a reason," Alexander said.

The Titans were tight early on, sinking just 3 of 17 shots in the opening period to trail 9-6. Huff missed all four of her first-quarter shots, then got in a groove.

Federal Way (16-4, 12-4) trailed just 28-26 after Raven Benton scored to start the second half, upping her total to 18. But they didn't get another field goal for more than 9 ½ minutes as Beamer took off on an 18-3 run.

Benton finished with 25 points, but those last seven came after the game was out of reach.

"We kind of fell apart and they did a nice job of taking Raven out of the game," Eagles coach Josh DeYoe said.

Beamer got key contributions from freshmen Quinessa Caylao-Do (15 points, six steals, four rebounds, three assists) and Bria Rice (15 points, seven rebounds, four assists). The Titans take on top-ranked Mount Rainier, the North champion, in the league championship game Thursday at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

Kayla Smith had 11 points for Federal Way, which advances to the SPSL tourney as the South's No. 3 seed.

Beamer recently lost two players to knee injuries, although they hope to get starter Liesa Young back. Senior Megan Lindgren, a sharpshooter off the bench, is done for the season.

Sandy Ringer: 206-718-1512 or sringer@seattletimes.com

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