|Inglemoor girls bring home a trophy; Bothell boys don’t|
|Written by Don Mann|
|Monday, 04 March 2013 13:47|
Though it fell short of its dreams, the Inglemoor girls’ basketball team brought home from the Tacoma Dome something never seen before in school history: a state trophy, after finishing sixth in Class 4A in the 2013 Hardwood Classic.
And there’s nothing wrong with that.
The Lady Vikings had a shot at fourth place, but fell to Gonzaga Prep 67-59 in the Saturday morning consolation game.
They got there by way of a 44-34 Friday victory over Skyline — the third time they beat the Spartans this season — after losing a heartbreaker in Thursday night’s opener to Mount Rainier 61-56.
In that crucial marquee matchup, Inglemoor led 56-53 with under three minutes remaining until Class 4A player of the year Brittany McPhee then delivered six straight points to break through and the Lady Vikings never scored again.
“It was a tough pill to swallow,” Inglemoor coach John Augustavo told the Seattle Times. “But we responded.”
Indeed, behind 6-foot-4 sophomore Deja Strother’s 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots, they turned back Skyline once again to earn themselves a trophy of some sort in the ensuing fourth or sixth place contest.
In Saturday morning’s swan song, Gonzaga Prep grabbed a 25-21 halftime lead and led 42-32 after three quarters.
It was 57-50 with three minutes left when Inglemoor junior Alex Hagen — not known as an outside shooter — drilled three straight from long range to make it 61-59 with 30 seconds remaining.
But Inglemoor was called for traveling on its next possession as the Bullpups nailed its free throws to ice it.
Inglemoor finished its season 22-4.
Different story for the Bothell boys, who entered the Dome with some swagger but left it without any hardware, going two-and-out for the second straight year.
In a thankless first round draw versus (then) top-ranked Garfield, the Cougars hung tough for a while but lost 62-50 to the Bulldogs for the third straight time, each by 12 or more.
Bothell grabbed a 30-26 lead at the half, but it was short-lived as the Bulldogs delivered punishing defense in the third quarter to grab a solid 39-33 advantage to swing momentum, en route to the convincing win.
Garfield’s Trevaunte Williams led all scorers with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Bulldog Tucker Haymond, who torched the Cougars with 39 two weeks earlier in the KingCo final, went for 19.
Bothell’s state player of the year Zach LaVine led the Cougars with 16 points — 12 below his average.
Running mate Perrion Callendret added 12, also below his.
In Friday morning’s game, Newport, having endured two losses to the Cougars in KingCo play this season, punched back Bothell to win 65-58.
Bothell junior post Josh Martin notched 10 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and had three blocks.
Bothell finished its season 21-5.