When the West Seattle girls finally won a girls basketball game, they left no doubt. Utilizing a pressing defense, the Wildcats took a 27-13 lead at halftime yesterday and cruised...

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When the West Seattle girls finally won a girls basketball game, they left no doubt.


Utilizing a pressing defense, the Wildcats took a 27-13 lead at halftime yesterday and cruised to a 55-39 win over visiting Interlake, ending West Seattle’s 29-game losing streak that dated to Jan. 29, 2003.


“It was unbelievable for the girls,” said West Seattle coach Theresa Gries. “They’re so excited because they haven’t won a game for so long, and I’m thrilled because it’s our first win of the season.”


Christie Peterson led West Seattle (1-8) with 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Aretha Ayers had 12 points, eight blocked shots and nine rebounds.


Gries credited the team’s defense.


“The girls probably played the best defense they’ve ever played,” she said.


Sonya Nyasula scored 16 to lead Interlake (2-7).




Other girls games




Archbishop Murphy 65, at Belmont, B.C. 39


Lisa Coate had 18 points and Krista Eknes added 17 as the Wildcats (8-0) defeated the team from Victoria.




At Holy Names 84, Highline 54


The Cougars outscored the Pirates 50-28 during the second and third quarters to break open a close game. Sarah McDevitt had 26 points to lead Holy Names (5-3). Sherry Trudeau had 19 points to lead Highline (1-7).




Boys games




At Sumner 84, Franklin Pierce 61


The Spartans had 53 first-half points en route to their rout. Mike Ognoskie had 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for Sumner (2-4). Alex Oliver added 18 points, including 14 in the first half.


Brandon Larrieu led Pierce (5-2) with 15 points.




Bainbridge 77, at Sequim 68 (OT)


Theo Miller scored 28 points and John Bruns added 20 as the Spartans (4-3) won by outscoring Sequim 16-7 in overtime. Sequim (1-4) was led by Ryan Rutherford’s 26 points.




At Seattle Christian 44, Tyee 43


The Warriors survived three potential winning shots by the Totems in the final eight seconds to escape with the win.


John Finn scored 14 to lead Seattle Christian (4-1). Terrance Sanders had 16 points for Tyee (5-3).