A lot of teams in the South Puget Sound League will get their eyes opened playing long-armed, high-pressure Federal Way.
Indeed that happened to the Curtis High Vikings on Tuesday night, who suffered their first loss at the hands of the Eagles.
As Curtis heads into the non-league portion of its schedule – four games in Hawaii starting Wednesday – the ninth-ranked Vikings certainly shored up a few things.
The primary one was getting off to better starts – and they did in defeating Rogers, 71-40, in University Place on Saturday night.
Andre Lewis paced Curtis (5-11) with 19 points. Dominic Robinson added 14. The Vikings grabbed the early lead, and pulled away midway through the second quarter.
“One of our biggest things … is that we had not gotten off to good starts,””Curtis coach Tim Kelly said. “We wanted to be focused, be ready and assertive from the tip.”
The Vikings got their big scoring push from their pressure, scoring on five consecutive possessions mostly in transition. Their 11-1 run, capped by Isom Brown’s putback, gave Curtis a 29-6 lead with 3:10 remaining in the first half.