One point determined their first contest and this one went to overtime before the Lady Falcons prevailed 72-66, so the Woodinville-Inglemoor girls’ basketball rivalry is as healthy as ever.
And if all goes according to plan in the KingCo tournament, the rivals may meet again in the finals next week.
But you never know.
On Saturday at IHS the Lady Vikings grabbed a 39-34 lead in a first half that had a roller derby quality to it. Had they handed out two minutes for roughing, the penalty box would’ve been a busy place.
Inglemoor, on the heels of a 12-game winning streak, led 51-44 after three quarters and, after Kelly Conroy hit a three, extended the lead to 10 early in the fourth.
But not so fast: Alexis McLeod, who would lead all scorers with 21 points, scored on consecutive steals and drives and Ali Forde, who received hack attacks all day, revved it up when Woodinville needed it most.
McLeod’s third three-ball — she would hit 5-of-9 on the day — capped a furious run to tie the game at 62-all with under a minute remaining.
The senior co-captain, a transfer from Inglemoor two years ago, then picked Taylor Peacocke’s pocket which led to a Kim Frost layup to put the Falcons up 64-62 with 20 ticks on the clock. Inglemoor’s Chay Fuller got hacked on a drive with 0:07 remaining, went to the line and sank two free throws, pretty as you please, to force overtime.
McLeod, feeling her oats, began the extra session with a triple and Diedre Miller followed with another as the Lady Vikings’ offense sputtered in the final five minutes.
Forde, meanwhile, went for 17 points and 19 rebounds: routinely spectacular down low while handling the rock in crunch-time up above.
“We were fortunate to come away with a win and ‘Lex was definitely the X-factor tonight,” Woodinville coach Scott Bullock said. “She picked the perfect time to work a little magic, coming up big on some 50-50 balls and hitting some huge threes. Inglemoor went zone late in the game to neutralize Ali and ‘Lex made ’em pay. We’re enjoying the win but also know we may meet Inglemoor again.”
Viking coach John Augustavo, clearly disappointed in blowing a 10- point fourth quarter lead, tipped his cap: “ When you have a 10-point lead you gotta move the ball and make their defense work. We didn’t do it ...We missed a lot of lay-ins and shot 26 percent. Not to take anything away from Woodinville. They show up, they know how to win and Scott’s got those kids playing hard all the way to the end. Plus you have to deal with Ali ... We’re 16-4 now and there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that. Hopefully we’ll see them again but KingCo’s a weird place ... It’s tough to beat a team three times...Scott knows that, I know that, everybody knows that.”
No. 1 seed Woodinville (14-1, 18-2) hosts Newport Wednesday as the playoff tournament begins.
No. 2 seed Inglemoor will play at home on Wednesday, against an opponent yet to be determined.