Lady T-Birds improve chances at playoffs

By Donnie Moore - Staff Reporter

The Lady T-Birds redeemed themselves this past weekend beating Green River 60-54, after getting crushed by Grays Harbor last Wednesday 86-50.

Highline was unable to stay competitive against a strong Grays Harbor team, which is 22-2 on the year and 10-1 in conference play.  

"We definitely were on a bad losing streak. Grays Harbor was a wake-up call because although they are the best, when we beat [Lower Columbia] it just shows our capabilities as a team. But I believe that win kind of got to our heads and we went into our other games thinking it would be a breeze and didn't come to play," sophomore guard Jahnna-Marie Kahele-Madali said.The team struggled in every phase of the game, only shooting 10 percent from the three-point line, having 25 turnovers, and shooting 28 percent from the court. 

Peightyn Perrien was the only T-Bird who managed to have double figures with 16 points, while Sharon Ajayi pulled down 12 rebounds.

Grays Harbor dominated in scoring, with four players in double-figures, and were led by Alexia Thrower and Angela Sikora with 24 points each.  

Highline's performance against Green River allowed them to still have a chance at the playoffs, putting more pressure on the next three games.

Aileen Kaye finally broke out of her shooting slump, scoring 22 points in the game, followed by Kanani Kremers, who hit for 11 points, and Peightyn Perrien and Sharon Ajayi adding 10 points each.

The win broke Highline's four-game losing streak and puts them at 9-15 on the season and 5-6 in league play."For our remaining three games I expect our team to leave our hearts on the court and play hard," Kahele-Madali said. "Despite the outcome I am proud to have had call this my team. My coach wants us to take it one game at a time. We were so worried about playoffs we didn't pay attention to the small details. It is definitely still a possibility if we come to play these last games." 

This game put Highline tied at fourth with Tacoma, who faced No. 1 Grays Harbor yesterday. Results were not available at press time. 

Highline's chances of making the playoff is only a reality if they win out the season and Tacoma loses one game.

The results of Highline's home game Wednesday vs. Pierce College were unavailable at press time. The Lady T-Birds play Lower Columbia at home on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Noon. Next Wednesday Highline will play its last game at Centralia at 6 p.m.

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