The Yelm Tornados girls basketball team continues to show that they’re a force to be reckoned with following three week three matchups against Tumwater, Peninsula and Central Kitsap. 

While Yelm lost to Tumwater 69-47 on Monday, Dec. 16, they rallied back and extended their undefeated streak in the South Sound Conference with a 4-0 record following a 71-57 win Wednesday, Dec. 18, against Peninsula and a 71-57 win Friday, Dec. 20, to low-ranked Central Kitsap. 

The Tornados join the likes of Capital and Gig Harbor going into the Christmas break undefeated. Yelm has an overall record of 6-2. 

Yelm hosted the 2A Tumwater Thunderbirds on Monday for a nonleague matchup. The Tornados were slow to start against the undefeated T-Birds, who led scoring at halftime 38-14. 

Despite outscoring the T-Birds 20-13 in the third quarter and rallying back in the fourth, Yelm would ultimately suffer a loss. 

Yelm senior Maddie Plevyak led Yelm in scoring with 14 points. Plevyak had two steals against Tumwater and four assists. 

Senior Imani Tustison also had a notable day on the court. She went 5-for-7 on scoring opportunities and had two assists. 

With their second loss in the books, Yelm rallied back on Wednesday against Peninsula at home.

The Tornados outscored their opponents from across the water in the first half 38-21 and kept the scoring opportunities rolling. 

Senior Grace Cebula had an outstanding night on the court for Yelm. She and Plevyak led the Tornados in scoring with 18 points each. While both Plevyak and Cebula had 10 three-point attempts each, Cebula was the more sure-handed of the two and sunk a total of 6. 

Senior Isabella Foxley was consistent in shots close to the net. She went 3-for-4 in two-point shots. 

Plevyak led Yelm in assists and junior My’Kel Jones led with three steals. 

Stats from Yelm’s matchup against Central Kitsap were not available by presstime. 

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