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Prep roundup: 4A Olympia football standout plays basketball for 1B Pope John Paul. But even his 30-point night wasn’t enough

BOYS BASKETBALL

Top Performer: Ibi Ceesay, Pope John Paul

30 points in loss to to Puget Sound Adventist

Puget Sound Adventist 65, Pope John Paul 63: The Eagles seemed like they had it in the bag but narrowly lost to the Sharks in an exciting overtime game.

“It was a tough fought battle,” Pope John Paul coach Andy Thielen said. “We came out a little slow.”

Ibi Ceesay, a second-team 4A SPSL all-league wide receiver for Class 4A Olympia High School, plays basketball for Pope John Paul II in the 1B SeaTac West division. He led the Eagles with a game-high 30 points.

Pope John Paul trailed by double-digits in the first half, but bounced back and forced the game to overtime where they seemed to be in the driver's seat until the length of the game started to take its toll on the team.

“We ended up with a five-point lead in overtime, but turnovers killed us,” Thielen said. “We had three kids foul out.”

Those three kids fouling out saw the Eagles having to look to players that wouldn’t normally play as much in a normal game, let alone one that went to overtime. That overtime was a moment of déjà vu for the team.

Mount Rainier Lutheran 57, Tacoma Baptist 45: It was another chapter in the rivalry between the Hawks and Crusaders that saw the Mount Rainier Lutheran maintain their undefeated league record as both teams were unbeaten going into the game.

Adam Bailey had 15 points, Julian Pandell scored 14 and Jack Shannon added 13 for MRL (7-1, 4-0 1B SeaTac West.

“We got a really heavy junior team with a few seniors,” Mount Rainier Lutheran coach Alexander Carter said. “They just kept plugging away on the defense to get stops.”

PJ Talen led Tacoma Baptist with 17 points and Joey Pascua scored 15 in the Crusaders’ first loss of the season (5-1; 3-1 1B SeaTac West).

It had been neck-and-neck in the first quarter with both teams getting 12 apiece until the Hawks began to pull away.

“It's just a great win,” Carter said. “Tacoma Baptist has gotten us the past few years so it was good to get the win.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Top Performer: Timber Ware, Shelton

Scored 20 points in 69-42 win over Foss

Mount Rainier Lutheran 44, Tacoma Baptist 8: Claire Lyons scored a game-high 12 points for the Hawks in the blowout win.

“The first quarter especially we actually came out hard,” Tacoma Baptist coach Jen Brooks said. “Defensively, we were spot on.”

Tacoma Baptist led 4-3 after that first quarter only to be stunned in the second quarter when the Hawks outscored them 13-2 making it 16-6 at halftime.

“I think with offensive rebounds we need to block out more,” Brooks said. “We need to move the ball around and attack. We need to move it around more.”

It only got worse from there as they were shut out 18-0 in the third quarter making it near impossible for the team to recover.

“We’re gonna learn from this game and move forward and practice tomorrow,” Brooks said.

Shelton 69, Foss 42: The Falcons tried to battle back in a losing game but found themselves overwhelmed by the Highclimbers early offense.

“We kinda left a couple open 3s,” Foss coach Charles Tindal said. “That was a slow start.”

Shelton stormed to a 23-7 lead in the first quarter.

And Shelton’s Timber Ware was a force on the court getting a game-high 20 points to lead her team to victory.

Juanita 54, Lakes 39: Tatiana Sparks scored a game-high 18 points, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Lancers in the nonleague game against the Rebels.

Amber Nealy added 11 points for Lakes.

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