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Mount Rainier girls win SPSL title | Basketball playoffs
By Sandy Ringer
Seattle Times staff reporter
KENT — There's often a special trust between twins.
The one between Brittany and Jordan McPhee runs deep. So, when their top-ranked Mount Rainier basketball team needed a lift in the final quarter of Thursday's SPSL 4A championship game at the ShoWare Center, they leaned on each other. The junior tandem combined for all 17 of the Rams' points in the fourth quarter as they came from behind to beat No. 7 Beamer of Federal Way, 57-56, and claim the title.
"If there's one person I trust with the basketball it's Brittany," Jordan said. "I've played with her my whole life. ... I just know where she is the whole time on the court."
But it was Jordan sinking two free throws with 4.9 seconds remaining to put Mount Rainier up 57-54. Bria Rice then drove and missed a layin, but got a putback to account for the final score.
Brittany, who just missed a triple-double with 27 points, 12 rebounds and nine blocks, was happy to see her sister at the line.
"I've shot enough free throws with her to know she can make them," she said.
Jordan scored 10 of her 15 points in the final quarter as the Rams (20-1) erased a six-point deficit and avoided their first in-state loss. They fell to Oregon City in overtime last month, and it left a sour taste in their mouths.
"I hate losing more than I like winning," Brittany said.
The Titans (17-4), playing in their first championship game, led most of the way thanks largely to the efforts of 6-3 junior Megan Huff, easily the tallest player on the court. She finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman Quinessa Caylao-Do added 13.
Beamer coach Corey Alexander was pleased with his team.
"I'm really impressed with our girls," he said. "They played hard against a veteran team. They didn't back down. ... We just ran out of steam a little but. But it gives us still at good momentum going into the next round."
The West Central 4A district tournament starts Tuesday.
Other girls game
Auburn Riverside 47, Puyallup 45 (3-4 seeds to district)
The Ravens were up by seven early in the fourth, but No. 10 Puyallup responded with a 13-4 run to lead inside the final two minutes. Brittni Williams tied it, then Shantell Jackson's steal and layin put Riverside back on top with 1:21 to play, giving her a game-high 14 points. The Vikings, who were led by Addison Picha with 12 points, missed several chances down the stretch.
Curtis 74, Tahoma 53 (championship)
Dom Jordan poured in a season-high 28 points as the sixth-ranked Vikings (19-2) captured their second SPSL title in three years. They were upset in last year's final by Kentwood, which was coached by Brian Davis (now at Tahoma). This was the first championship appearance for the Bears (16-5), who were led by Coleman Wooten with 16 points. They trailed 25-19 midway through the second quarter before Curtis closed the half on a 14-2 run.
Federal Way 56, Auburn 51 (OT) (3-4 seeds to district)
Lorenzo Robinson nailed a three-pointer with 58 seconds remaining to put the No. 5 Eagles up 53-51, and they sealed the victory at the line. Brayon Blake led the way with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Auburn got 22 points from J.J. Ruffin, including 10 in the fourth quarter. He made 12 of 13 free throws, including a pair with 20.5 seconds to play in regulation that ultimately forced overtime.
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