T-Birds land in No. 3 spot

By Thanavin Chum - Staff Reporter

The Lady T-Birds lost to the  Centralia Trailblazers earlier in the week, 62-41, and went on to defeat South Puget Sound by a basket the following game, 53-51.

The T-Birds are now 5-4,   (8-15 overall), tied for third with the Tacoma Titans in the NWAC West Division.  The top four teams make the NWAC tournament in March.

The T-Birds didn't come to play against the Trailblazers. They turned the ball over 22 times which resulted in 16 points off turnovers. The Trailblazers only turned the ball over eight times and it only cost them two points.

The T-Birds are still struggling beyond the three-point line, hitting only 1 for 6. On the other hand, the Trailblazers made 8 of their 26 attempts.

"We feel like our best chance to win is by shooting high percentage shots close to the basket," said Head Coach Amber Mosley.

But despite outrebounding Centralia 41-36, Highline hit only 36 percent from the floor, 16-45.

The Lady T-Birds bounced back against the Clippers (3-6, 9-13).

Freshman guard Ariel Miller was spectacular. She finished the game with 17 points and 10 rebounds.   

Jasmine Hansgen added 8 points and 8 rebounds for Highline.

Sophomore forward Savannah McGill led South Puget with 23 points and 19 rebounds.

Highline outscored South Puget 16-4 in the second quarter, then hung on in the second half to claim the win. 

Unlike their previous game, the T-Birds only turned the ball over 11 times while the Clippers turned it over 23 times. 

Highline has five more important league games to close their season out, against Grays Harbor (4-5), first-place Lower Columbia (8-1), Green River (3-6), Pierce  (0-8), and Tacoma (5-4). 

The T-Birds will be on the road for their next two games, at Green River on Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. and at Pierce on Feb. 25, at 5 p.m. 

The results from Wednesday's game against Grays Harbor were unavailable at press time.  

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