T-Birds still have a shot at playoffs
By Thanavin Chum - Staff Reporter
By Thanavin Chum
The Lady T-Birds still have a chance to advance to the NWAC tournament as they held on to beat the Green River Gators, 58 – 53, and lost to the Pierce Raiders, 49 – 42.
The Raiders, who hadn't won a game all year, took advantage of 38 T-Bird turnovers and turned it into 25 points of their own.
The Raiders relied on freshmen guard Victoria Mukisa. Mukisa with 21 points on with 6 for 17 shooting from the three-point line. The second highest score for the Raiders was sophomore guard Denisha Navarro with only seven points.
The T-Bird freshman guard Aileen Kaye led her team with 12 points and five steals. Team captain Jasmine Hansgen also had a solid game finishing with nine points and 11 total rebounds.
The T-Birds scored 23 points off their second chance opportunities compare to zero points for the Raiders. Similar to last week, the T-Birds couldn't slow down Pierce from the three-point line.
The Raiders finished the game shooting, 9 of 26 attempted for 27 points from three-point line. T-Birds only made two of their nine attempts for six points.
The T-Birds also outrebounded the Raiders, 49 to 33 total rebounds.
Three T-Birds players were in double figure on the game against the Gators, including Hansgen, Kaye and freshman guard/forward Ariel Miller. Each with 10 points.
Sophomore guard/forward Anna Cook put up an all-around effort on both sides of the game. She scored eight points and also led the team with 12 total rebounds, six on offensive side and six on defensive side. She also had six assists and two steals.
"I would be remiss if I didn't mention Anna Cook. She had an amazing stat line that game," Head Coach Amber Mosley said. "Cook and Hansgen have really stepped up for us this season and are bringing a lot of energy. We are also liking how well Kaye has been playing lately," Mosley said.
The T-Birds bench put up 21 points compare to only eight points for the Gators. As well as crashing the boards as a team, 53 for the T-Birds and 40 for the Gator.
It's all coming down to the final week of the season, two teams fighting for the fourth seed, the Grays Harbor Chokers and the T-Birds.
The scenario is if the T-Birds can beat the Tacoma Titans and the Grays Harbor Chokers lose to Centralia Trailblazers, the T-Birds with the record of 7 – 7, would play a tie-breaker game against the Chokers, also 7 – 7, winner will claim the fourth seed and move on to the NWAC tournament.
Both games were played Wednesday night and results unavailable at press time.
Who will host the tie-breaker game depends on how each team did against the top teams throughout the season.
Both the Chokers and the T-Birds lost to the Trailblazers and Lower Columbia Red Devils twice.
The Chokers are 1 - 1 against South Puget Sound Clippers but the T-Birds are 2 - 0 against the Clippers. The Chokers are also 1 – 1 against the Titans and the T-Birds are 1 – 0 against the Titans.
In this case, the T-Birds will host the game if they can beat the Titans due to the 2 – 0 record against the Clippers.
If there will be a tie-breaker game, the date and time between the T-Birds and the Chokers will be released by the NWAC after the result of Wednesday games.