Vikings slowly build a big lead to put away the Cougars

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REDMOND — When it counted, with the Class 4A District 2 title on the line, Inglemoor found what it needed to get the job done.

The Vikings built a double-digit lead after three quarters, extended it early in the fourth, then held on for a 54-48 girls KingCo league and District 2 championship over hard-charging Bothell.

“We finally wore them down,” Inglemoor coach John Augustavo said. “This is our girls third time in this game. I think they knew how to play it.”

Inglemoor won this tournament for the third consecutive year, and went unbeaten in KingCo 4A play this season. The Vikings advance to a regional site next weekend.

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“I don’t know what it was, but hey, we got it done,” Inglemoor junior Kennedy Nicholas said. “I guess by the fourth quarter, we finally figured out how to play.”

The Cougars, meanwhile, have a second chance to earn a regional berth for District 2. Bothell will play Woodinville on Saturday at Redmond High, starting at 5:45 p.m. in a winner-to-regionals, loser-out.

The Falcons won their way into the game Saturday with a 50-40 victory over Issaquah in the first game Thursday.

In the championship, Bothell jumped into passing lanes and created havoc defensively for almost the entire first half.

The Cougars led it 10-9 after one quarter, and held University of Washington-bound Vikings 6-foot-5 senior De’ja Strother to just four points in the first half.

Alex Hagen picked up the scoring slack, pouring in nine second-quarter points as Inglemoor got out to a 22-17 lead at the half.

The Vikings made six three-pointers in the first three periods, including three in the third as they built the lead to 40-26. .

Strother scored Inglemoor’s first six points of the fourth as the margin grew to 17 points, 46-29, with 5:47 to play.

Woodinville boys 63, Issaquah 60 (OT)

Tony Miller made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 1:49 of overtime and the Falcons punched their ticket to the state regionals with a District 2 and KingCo Tournament victory.

Woodinville erased a 51-47 deficit in the final 2:49 of regulation. Issaquah’s Tyler Gibson scored 37 points, but could not make a desperation three-quarter-court heave at the overtime buzzer. Miller finished with 23 points for the Falcons.