Freshmen Quinnessa Caylao-Do and Nia Alexander made key plays down the stretch as the Titans rallied from a slow start and beat Kentwood 54-45.
PUYALLUP — Freshmen Quinnessa Caylao-Do and Nia Alexander made their presence felt for the Beamer Titans Friday night.
Caylao-Do and Alexander led Beamer to a 54-45 comeback victory over Kentwood in a West Central 4A District Tournament girls basketball game at Rogers High School.
Seventh-ranked Beamer (19-4) earned a spot in next week’s Class 4A regionals, and plays Yelm (19-3) in the district semifinals at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Auburn High School.
Kentwood (16-6) faces Rogers in a loser-out game at 7:45 p.m. Saturday at Rogers.
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“It gives us that confidence boost,” Beamer coach Corey Alexander said after the Titans’ victory. “We could have folded. They had us down pretty good, but it shows that if we work hard and play together, we can win.”
Caylao-Do, a 5-foot-9 guard, equaled her season high with 24 points. Nia Alexander, a 5-9 post, scored 13.
Beamer rallied from a 16-6 deficit after one quarter to lead 23-19 at halftime.
Kentwood had the lead back, 39-37, with just over four minutes to play when Caylao-Do knocked down a three-pointer to give the Titans a one-point lead.
“Quinnessa is a gamer,” Alexander said. “She stayed in her game and knocked down some big points for us.”
The Titans scored seven of the next 11 points to take a 47-43 lead with just under one minute to play.
Once again, Caylao-Do drained a key basket for Beamer. She took a kick-out pass from Megan Huff and knocked down another three-pointer to put her team in control.
Huff, a 6-3 junior post, controlled the boards and finished with 12 points and 22 rebounds for Beamer.
Yelm 77, Federal Way 70
At Rogers, Mackenzie DeVore’s 21 points helped Yelm hold off the Eagles and advance to regionals.
The 10th-ranked Tornadoes (19-3) exploded for 50 points in the second half and had four players score in double figures.
Raven Benton scored 21 points for the Eagles (17-6), who play Kentridge in a loser-out game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Rogers.