With a few minutes left in the third quarter, Brittany Bowsher didn't like what she was hearing from her Issaquah fans last night. The familiar "it's all over" chant came from...
ISSAQUAH With a few minutes left in the third quarter, Brittany Bowsher didn’t like what she was hearing from her Issaquah fans last night.
The familiar “it’s all over” chant came from the student body, and perhaps a bit prematurely.
The Eagles led by only nine, after all, and more than three minutes remained.
Issaquah, ranked eighth in Class 3A, hung on for a 58-56 nonleague victory over 4A Inglemoor, but it was far from over in the fourth quarter.
“When the fans started chanting, I was like ‘No, no, not yet,’ ” said the 6-foot-1 senior forward, who scored 21 points. “That finish definitely made us a little nervous, but we held on.”
Inglemoor (0-1) rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Eagles 23-10. The Vikings never made it a one-possession game, however, until a Carole Baumgartner layin at the buzzer.
The Eagles (4-2) had what looked like a comfortable lead in the third quarter, thanks to a 20-0 run. Bowsher scored the last 12 points in a span of 1:37.
Bowsher hit two free throws after an intentional foul. Then she made threes on the next two possessions, and hit two-pointers on the following two, making the score 48-30.
“Wasn’t that fun,” Issaquah coach Kathy Gibson said of Bowsher’s scoring binge. “On the bench we were all smiling and laughing. It was great.”
The Eagles were again without last year’s KingCo 3A co-MVP, Lauren Dascenzo. The senior guard has not played because of mono. Issaquah was also without senior guard Ellen Vertatschitsch, who tore her ACL in September. Dascenzo is expected back this month. Vertatschitsch might be out for the season.
“I think everyone’s really stepped up for us,” said Bowsher, who along with her teammates had a black V and Vertatschitsch’s number 20 drawn on her arm. “We miss Ellen and Lauren, but everyone’s doing a good job picking it up.”
Aubrey Jensen scored 16 for Issaquah.
Sophomore Sarah Ena led the Vikings with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Ashley Brown had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
“We showed some good heart, but it was obvious that it was our first game and their sixth,” said Inglemoor coach John Augustavo. “We did a lot of things we wanted to do, but defensively we’ve got to get better.”
Other girls games
Lake Washington 61, at Ellensburg 52
Anne Phippard scored 22 points and the 4A Kangaroos (3-0) used a 22-6 first-quarter burst to bury the 3A Bulldogs early in a nonleague game.
At Woodinville 51, Mercer Island 34
Junior guard LeeAnn Palo’s 15 points, eight assists and two blocks keyed a nonleague win by the Falcons (3-1) over the Islanders (1-4). Ellie Chapman scored 13 for Mercer Island.
At Franklin 59, Liberty 53
Senior guard Domonique Darden and sophomore guard Shaneya Valdez scored 18 points each for the Quakers (1-1) in a nonleague win. Rebekah Bartholomew scored 20 for the Patriots (3-2).
Cedarcrest 75, at Klahowya 20
The Red Wolves led 18-3 after one quarter and 42-5 at halftime of a nonleague rout. Whitney Oviatt scored 16 and Betsy Westermann 15 for Cedarcrest (4-0).
Archbishop Murphy 68, at Foster 52
Lisa Coate dominated with 29 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks as the Wildcats (4-0) stayed unbeaten with a nonleague win over the Bulldogs (2-1). Valencia Doty scored 22 for Foster.
Shoreline Christian 70, at Concrete 54
Sophomore forward Julia De Koekkoek scored 19 of her 25 points in the first half and had 12 rebounds to help the Crusaders (4-0, 2-0) to a Northwest A/B League victory. Colleen Woods had 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Shoreline Christian.
At Cascade Christian 67, Sultan 59
Senior center Whitney Edgecombe’s 26 points and 17 rebounds powered her team to a nonleague win. Molly Sumpter’s 20 points led the Turks.
At Sultan 55, Cascade Christian 54
Willy Lemmon’s layup with three seconds left capped a 24-point night for the senior center and gave the Turks (2-1) a nonleague win. Lemmon also had 14 rebounds. Luke Breton VanGroll scored 16 for the Cougars (1-2).
At Cedarcrest 41, Klahowya 40
Cedarcrest (1-4) turned the game around after a miserable start, recovering from a 17-6 first-quarter deficit to post its first victory. Nick Ritter had 14 points and Jeff Eldred 12 for the Red Wolves.
At Summit 65, Quilcene 52
Perrin Wasson poured in 29 points for the Invaders in a nonleague victory.
At Chimacum 73, Granite Falls 71
Steven Gray, a 6-2 sophomore, had 34 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Cowboys (2-1) to a nonleague victory over the Tigers (0-2).