East Jefferson Rival Kay Botkin pushes around Seattle Christian Warrior Trista Vanderveer during a Nisqually League game played in Chimacum on Monday. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula News)

East Jefferson Rival Kay Botkin pushes around Seattle Christian Warrior Trista Vanderveer during a Nisqually League game played in Chimacum on Monday. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula News)

East Jefferson girls guarantee top-four spot

Rivals have chance to finish Nisqually with winning record

CHIMACUM — The East Jefferson girls basketball team bounced back from a three-game losing streak with a 43-32 win over Seattle Christian.

Monday’s victory maintains a winning record in the Nisqually League (8-6) for the Rivals and guarantees at least a fourth-place finish and league record of .500 or better.

Dylin Shockley led the Rivals with 13 points, shooting 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. Kay Botkin had 12 points and Penina Vailolo scored nine. Five other players chipped in nine points.

East Jefferson (8-10 overall) played Tuesday in a game against Vashon (5-9, 6-11) after press deadline. If the Rivals win that game, it will guarantee a winning season in the Nisqually League and a possible shot at third place.

The Rivals wrap up regular season play at 7 p.m. Thursday in Port Townsend versus Annie Wright (13-1, 15-4). The District 3 1A tournament begins Monday.

E. Jefferson 43, Seattle Chr. 32

SC 7 10 6 9 — 32

EJ 13 11 9 10 — 43

East Jefferson (43) — Shockley 13, Botkin 12, Vailolo 9, O’Hara 2, E. Liske 2, A. Liske 2, Smith 2, Riley 1.

Muckleshoot 47, Crescent 45

AUBURN — The Crescent girls basketball team had a heartbreaking end to its season, but the Loggers can hold their heads high that they had one of the most successful seasons in recent history.

Crescent lost a loser-out play-in game 47-45 to Muckleshoot on Monday.

Coach Brian Shimko said the Loggers “had all the opportunities to win that game,” with a 45-40 lead with 1:26 left to play.

Muckleshoot rallied in the final 86 seconds, getting the winning margin on a pair of free throws. Crescent got a shot off at the buzzer, but it went off the rim.

Shimko said the Loggers missed 15 free throws and 12 lay-ups and that was the difference.

Crescent finished its season with a record of 13-7, coming roaring back from some rough seasons a few years ago in which the Loggers only won a couple of games.

“And we did that with six players,” Shimko said. He said the Loggers return four players next year and have some eighth-graders coming up to hopefully have a deeper bench next year. Shimko plans to coach the team again next season.

Naomii Sprague had a great game with 17 points and used her speed to snag 14 steals. Ciara Cargo-Acosta had 13 points.

Shimko said Sprague finished the season with more than 100 steals and is among the leaders in 1B. Cargo-Acosta made 37 3-pointers, which is also among the leaders in 1B.

The Crescent boys, at 17-3, are still alive in the postseason.

Muckleshoot 47, Crescent 45

Cres. 13 11 15 6 — 45

M’shoot 8 19 10 10 — 47

Crescent (47) — Sprague 17, Cargo-Acosta 13, Gales 6, Dunavant 7, Ferro-May 2.

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