Edging Past Tacoma
Team Goes 2-0 in Conference Play
Jan. 12 – It wasn’t pretty but a win is a win and Highline will certainly take a 45-40 victory over the visiting Tacoma Titans. With both teams shooting poorly throughout the contest (Highline 29%; Tacoma 24%) and not being able to gain any separation, a close game came down to who would make the key plays down the stretch. With Tacoma up 40-39 with two minutes to go, it was Highline’s Kanani Kremers (11 points) from an assist by Jazmina Lafitaga who put the Thunderbirds up for good with a three-point jumper. After both team missed multiple scoring opportunities, freshman point guard Braeanna Estabillo hit two free throws with seven seconds remaining to ice the victory.
In addition to Kremers’ team high 11 points, Lafitaga pulled down 11 rebounds and Tori Allen had 7 points and 9 rebounds. Tacoma was led by the 11 points by Shawn Brown.
Highline improves to 6-8 for the season and 2-0 in league play, with an away game at Grays Harbor on Jan. 16.
Braeanna Estabillo ices Highline’s 45-40 win over Tacoma, hitting two free throws with seven seconds left.
Mahie Kaawa with the layup against Tacoma.
Time for Conference Play
The Women’s team finished its pre-conference schedule with a 4-7 record. The season got off to a rough start when returning starter Sharon Ajayi suffered a season ending knee injury after two games. Highlights include the Thunderbirds hosting the NWAC Crossover Tournament with wins over Chemeketa and Edmonds, and a two point road win over Olympic College, with Aleyah Bennett hitting the game winning shot with four seconds left. The team starts conference play with a visit to South Puget Sound on Jan. 9 before returning home against Tacoma on Jan. 12.
Offense (per game)
Scoring Average: 56.3 ppg
FG%: 35.4% 3-pt
Free Throws: 52.0%
Total Rebounds: 34.9 rpg
Offensive: 11.5 rpg
Defensive: 22.9 rpg
Defense (averages per game)
Points Average Against: 67.1 ppg
FG% against: 41.8%
3-pt FG% Against: 33.6%
Rebounds Against : 36.6 rpg
Offensive Rebounds Against: 25.0 rpg
Defensive Rebounds Against: 11.6 rpg
Steals: 9.4 spg Blocks: 1.3 bpg
Scoring: Jazmina Lafitaga 11.6 ppg
Rebounds: Tori Allen 6.2 rpg
Assists: Braeanna Estabillo 2.4 apg
Steals: Jazmina Lafitaga 2.7 spg
Blocks: Jazmina Lafitaga 0.5 bpg
Freshman Braeanna Estabillo starts at point guard, averaging 8.1 points and 2.4 assists per game.
Head Coach Daimen Crump is in his second year of rebuilding the Women’s program.
Highline College 2018/19 Women’s Basketball Team
Top row (left to right): Braeanna Estabillo (4); Jazmina Lafitaga (32); Maria Wilson (40-RS); Sharon Ajayi (21); Alani Sinclair (3); Kiley Kirk (34); Emolani Morris (33); Tori Allen (24); Kami Jackson (23)
Bottom row: Caitlin Conwell (20); Aleyah Bennett (30); Shione Chosokabe (22); Nadija Demic (15); Cherish Andrews (12 -RS); Kanani Kremers (10)
Note: RS denotes a player being red-shirted for the year.