Lady Vikes eclipse Cougs in OT

  • Written by Don Mann
Inglemoor junior Taylor Peacocke goes left-handed for two of her game-high 34 points at Bothell. Photo by Don Mann.
It took two overtimes to get it done and it wasn’t pretty, but behind Taylor Peacocke’s 34 points the Inglemoor girls overcame a game and spirited Bothell team 56-47 at BHS on Friday night.

Just another KingCo rivalry barnburner.

The Lady Cougars, who trailed 18-13 in a lackluster — and sometimes dreadful — first half, battled back to score 14 fourth quarter points to force OT and went toe-to-toe with the Vikings to force another.

Then Peacocke took over, with two steals and a block and got to the free throw line at will to drain five of eight freebies as time ran out on the Cougs.

"She’s a special player and she did what she does," Inglemoor coach John Augustavo. "We needed it."

The road win bumps the Lady Vikes to a KingCo Crown division leading 4-1, 8-2 overall, as the season begins to heat up. Bothell fell to 0-6, 2-9, but played its heart out.

"I’m really proud of the girls for staying together and playing so hard, especially in the second half," Cougar coach Jessika Lee said.

"This was probably the best game we played all year as a team, but we wore down in that second overtime, playing without two starters who fouled out and that’s tough to overcome. Our reserves who came in just don’t have the experience in that kind of situation."

Peacocke, the stellar junior who plays all three positions and led KingCo in scoring last year as a sophomore, just shook her head at the outcome and was not pleased — despite putting 34 on the board in a road win.

"We played terrible and it shouldn’t have been that close," she said. "I missed so many shots tonight I usually make — layups and free throws. I don’t know what was going on."

Augustavo, who almost had a stroke when senior Mackenzie Iverson hoisted up a three-ball attempt with a one point lead with a minute left in the first overtime and a full shot clock, had a slightly different take: "We didn’t play very well but it’s a huge rivalry game and hats off to Bothell. They played really hard but they always do.

"I don’t care what their record is. I’ve coached here eight years and we’ve never beaten Bothell by more than five points until tonight — but it took two overtimes to do it and we were lucky to win. We turned it over a ton and missed a lot of layups and free throws.

"But you know what? We’ll take it and move on. A win is a win."

Bothell senior post Haley Dusenberry was team-high with 16 points, Kareena Dahl scored 13 — including a clutch three-pointer with a minute left in regulation to keep the Cougars alive, and Sarah Garinger added 12.

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