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Teen attends dad’s funeral, then plays in big game

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CHEHALIS — A teen who says her father taught her how to play basketball attended his funeral and helped lead her Chehalis high school team to a prep girls’ basketball state championship — all in the same day. The funeral for 58-year-old James Spencer was at 11 a.m. last Saturday in the southwest Washington town of Toledo. Tipoff for the state 2A girls’ championship was at 5 p.m. that day in Yakima, about 150 miles away.

Julie Spencer feared she would have to miss the game, but Kenmore Air stepped in and flew the 17-year-old to Yakima after hearing about her dilemma. She scored 20 points in the state victory for W.F. West and was named tournament MVP.

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