Kentridge has everything a team needs to win the 4A South Puget Sound League title: size, experience, a good point guard, and depth.
Add in a star shooting guard capable of scoring 40 points in a game, and you have one dangerous team.
Senior guard Jawan Stepney scored a career-high 40 points in the Chargers’ 79-58 win at Tahoma on Tuesday night.
No. 4 Kentridge improved to 12-0, 8-0 in the SPSL North.
The game Tuesday figured to be Kentridge’s toughest road test. Tahoma entered the game in second place behind Kentridge, with a 5-1 SPSL North record.
The Chargers came in with a bit of a chip on their shoulder.
“Last year, this was the last place we played and we lost the game to get into the playoffs,” Stepney said. “We used that as motivation today.”
Stepney scored 13 points in the first five minutes of the game, including a step-back 3-pointer which gave Kentridge a 17-2 lead with three minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Stepney had 23 points at the half and the 6-foot-3 guard did a lot of damage from beyond the arc, going 8-for-13 on 3-pointers.
“I was feeling it,” said Stepney, who scored a season-high 30 points Saturday against South Kitsap. “Before last game, I hadn’t scored 30 points since sophomore year, and now 40. This is unbelievable.”
Kentridge had a big advantage on the glass, outrebounding Tahoma, 41-25. Much of that was due to 6-foot-6 forward Danny Torlai, who pulled down 14 rebounds.
Tahoma (7-4, 5-2 SPSL-North) fought back from the early 15-point deficit to trail by six points early in the third quarter.
Torlai then scored eight consecutive points to open the lead to 49-35 for the Chargers.
“I was surprised, I thought it was going to be a really close game,” Stepney said.
Senior forward Coleman Wooten lead Tahoma with 19 points.