Highline clings to postseason hopes

By Donnie Moore - Staff Reporter

A win and loss this past weekend put the Lady T-Birds' chances at the NWAC playoffs on the line. With one game left, Highline is 6-7 in league play, tied with Tacoma for the final playoff spot in the NWAC West Division. To make the playoffs, Highline must have defeated Centralia (15-11, 8-5) yesterday on the road and Tacoma (7-10, 6-7) must have lost at Lower Columbia (21-8, 11-2). 

If Highline and Tacoma have the same divisional record, Tacoma advances to the playoffs, having defeated Highline twice in the regular season.

Highline pulled out a win against Pierce, 60-50. The T-Birds put up a strong defensive front against Pierce, last Wednesday. The T-Birds managed to out-rebound Pierce, 53-51 and have 10 more steals and 5 more blocks then them as well. 

Offensively, Highline still struggled, shooting only 21 percent from the three-line against Pierce, but improved to 32 percent from the field.

Kanani Kremers led the team offensively with 18 points and 5 rebounds, while Sharon Ajayi led the team defensively with 13 rebounds and 5 blocks.

Highline later had a demoralizing loss to Lower Columbia, 79-42, heading into their final game of the season. Lower Columbia is currently second in the West NWAC going 11-2, one of those losses being Highline.  

Lower Columbia was able to take advantage of Highline by using their height difference and a deeper bench, shooting 52 percent for the game, while holding the T-Birds to 23 percent. 

"We didn't do well against Lower Columbia because we shot at such a low percentage. Hard to win a game if you can't make shots," said sophomore guard Alieen Kaye.

Highline may have struggled in their offense but Highline's Ajayi stayed dominant, scoring 23 points and having 14 rebounds for Highline. Highline was only able to shot 5 percent from the three."I expect that our game against Centralia will go our way if we rebound and hit our threes to open up the floor for our bigs," said Kaye before the game.Centralia, who has secured the third seed position for the NWAC West division, and is on a four-game winning-streak.

The last time the two teams met, Centralia won 70-46 at Highline. Highline is a team that does not usually do the well on the road, but they are motivated to win.

The results of the Centralia game were unavailable at press time. 

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