Highline looking for consitency

By Colin Phan - Staff Reporter

The women's basketball team is struggling to find consistency as they head into the thick of the playoff hunt. 

The Lady T-Birds are currently 8-14 overall, and 4-5 in division play, leaving them in a three-way tie for third place in the NWAC West. The top four teams of each division earn a trip to the postseason.

Last week was not so kind to the women. They dropped a game last Wednesday against South Puget Sound, 57-50, and then lost against Tacoma, 59-47. 

Against South Puget Sound, the Lady T-Birds had a hard time sinking their shots from beyond the arc. Highline attempted 10 three-pointers, and only made one of them.

However, Highline's troubles were much bigger than the three-point line. The Lady T-Birds attempted 70 field goals and converted on 31.4 percent of them.

South Puget Sound on the other hand, finished with a more efficient 33.3 percent on their triples, and 41.1 percent overall on field goals. 

Highline was led by forward Sharon Ajayi, with 18 points and 20 rebounds. Ajayi recorded her sixth straight double-double of the season. 

Against Tacoma, Highline again struggled to capitalize on their opportunities. The Lady T-Birds put up 65 shots, but converted a meager 26.2 percent of them. 

Tacoma took advantage of their opportunities and knocked down 40.3 percent of their shots. Highline was led again by Ajayi with 18 points and 14 boards. Ajayi recorded her seventh straight double-double. 

The Lady T-Birds again struggled to knock down shots from beyond the arc, making 20.8 percent of their attempts. Highline was also out-muscled on the glass, being out-rebounded 54-38.

The Lady T-Birds can conceivably make the playoffs heading into their last five games. Those games will come against No. 1 Grays Harbor, No. 8 Green River, Pierce who is tied for third, No. 2 Lower Columbia, and Centralia, who are tied for third. 

Getting wins against Centralia and Pierce will be key for the Lady T-Birds playoff picture, as they try to gain distance and nail down a playoff spot. 

The results of Highline's game at No. 1 Grays Harbor were unavailable at press time. The Lady T-Birds next play at No. 8 Green River on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.

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