Lady Vikes with a vengeance

  • Written by Don Mann
Girls BB
Staff Photo/Don Mann. Inglemoor sophomore post Deja Strother, who fills the paint like few others, puts the rub on Woodinville’s Mackenzie Campbell. There was no foul on the play.
You’d have to go to the back of the book to find the last time the Woodinville girls’ basketball team was beaten by 16 points at home.

But that’s what happened Friday night against Inglemoor, as the Lady Vikings took it to the Lady Falcons 75-59.

Having already locked up first place and the top seed in the KingCo tournament, Inglemoor (12-2 in league play, 17-2 overall) had little at stake except its pride.

A month ago Woodinville went to their place and knocked off the then-undefeated Vikings by 10 points in a stunner, and Inglemoor coach John Augustavo and his girls didn’t forget.

“Yeah, there was a little bit of a revenge factor,” he said. “We didn’t show up and they hit us in the mouth. But that was a while ago and really it’s more about playing well going into the playoffs. We’re finally healthy from top to bottom and we’re in a groove, seven (wins) in a row. But we know we have to show up every night.”

Inglemoor senior Kelly Conroy made her presence felt with a game-high 21 points, including four three-pointers, and was stellar on the defensive end.

“I think she’s the best player in KingCo,” Augustavo said.

Viking super-sized sophomore Deja Strother shrugged off three early fouls and was a force down low with 18 points and 10 rebounds. When she got her hands on the ball on the block, the Lady Falcons had no answer and the big girl finished.

Alex Hagen and Julia Haining, both 6-foot-2, added 10 apiece.

“We had to use our size to equalize their speed,” Augustavo said. “That’s a good team over there.”

Woodinville (9-5, 15-5), which has now lost three of its last four, was paced by Mackenzie Campbell with 12 points.

But the Lady Falcons suffered a severe blow when Sabin Keo went down hard with a knee injury early in the third quarter when it was still a five-point game.

The athletic junior, a rugged defender, was taken to the hospital for x-rays and appears to be lost for the remainder of the season.

Woodinville was already without the services of versatile junior Tynan Gable, another scrapper whose season ended the previous week with a knee injury in a one-point home loss to Issaquah.

The Lady Falcons have little time to lick their wounds as they head to Issaquah (10-5, 14-6) Wednesday in the KingCo tournament opener.

Inglemoor hosts Ballard (8-7, 11-9) and Bothell (3-11, 5-15) somehow got invited to the party but have a long bus ride to Skyline (12-2, 16-4).

The top two finishers get an automatic bid to the state tournament while the third-place team gets a play-in game versus a Wesco opponent for a possible berth.

The Lady Vikings haven’t been to the state tournament since 2008 when they went two-and-out.

The Lady Falcons brought home fifth and sixth-place trophies the last two years.

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