Paul Moseley
Emily Fiso shoots over a crowd in a District Tournament game vs. Cleveland. Fiso had 13 points in the game.

SLIDESHOW: West Seattle falls to Cleveland 57-54 in physical game; Next up - Regionals

by Paul Moseley

The third time was a charm for the Cleveland Eagles as they beat the West Seattle girls 57-54 in the Sea King District 2 tournament. The game, a gateway game to determine the third and fourth seeds in the District for the Regional playoffs, highlighted Cleveland’s ability to attack inside and out, and to apply pressure for a full 32 minutes. The Wildcats, coming off their first loss in 14 games to Juanita last Saturday, knew they were in for an aggressive game against Cleveland. The last time these two teams met, West Seattle beat them by one point to win the Metro League championship.

West Seattle came out fast, taking an 8-2 lead on the back of an opening jumper from Emily Fiso, and strong lane play by Lydia Giomi. The Eagles hung tough, and relied on scoring machine Aqeelah Williams on the inside and deep threat Giovanni Flowers on the outside. Both teams played pressure defense, and Cleveland came out on top, going into the half up by two points 24-22.

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SLIDESHOW: Big second quarter boosts Seattle Lutheran to a 65-52 win over Highlanders

By Anastasia Stepankowsky

Xavier Turner shot and dunked the Seattle Lutheran Saints to a 65-52 win over Providence Classical Christian Tuesday in 1B district playoff action.

Many of Turner’s 23 points came on slams he finished by hanging on the rim.

“It gets the crowd into it, and I get pumped up from it so, it’s one of my favorite things to do,” Turner said.

With Seattle Lutheran’s offense sputtering, Providence Classical jumped to an early lead and led at quarter, 13-7.

“I think Providence Classical Christian had a great game plan and they did a great job executing it. It kind of threw us off for a little bit,” said Seattle Lutheran head coach Brett Kapels.

Turner, the Saints’ leading scorer, kick-started a second quarter scoring frenzy with a 3-pointer and a one-handed dunk back-to-back that put the Saints in command. The Saints dropped seven 3-pointers in the quarter and led at the half, 34-21.

The second quarter decided the game, as neither team dominated in the second half and the 13-point halftime differential remained unchanged at the final buzzer.

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Ed Shepherd
The Lions' Matt Munson (foreground) and JJ Young, playing great defense on a Neah Bay player during semi final match.

SLIDESHOW: Shorewood Christian starts rough, loses to a tough Neah Bay team in a district semifinal

by Ed Shepherd

The game was with no real anything at stake, as, both teams already were going to a regional game following this game, for a chance at a state berth, but, that lack of urgency incentive couldn't be known from the intensity of the game, in the third quarter, anyway, as the Lions rough quarters, one and two, were supplanted by fine play in the third, nonetheless, a loss, 72-59, to Neah Bay, in a 1B district boys basketball semifinal at Mount Vernon Christian Thursday.

There is one more seeding game Friday before a regional, loser-out, game affair, at a site and time to be determined for the Lions on Saturday.

Of the game, versus the Red Devils, the Lions coach, Alfonso Gonzales said, "We won the 2nd half of the game, but, the first half, we didn't do so good."

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