Vikings pillage Spartans during second half for KingCo tournament title | Prep girls basketball

The Inglemoor girls basketball team captured the KingCo tournament title Friday at Juanita High School. - Matt Phelps/Bothell Reporter
The Inglemoor girls basketball team captured the KingCo tournament title Friday at Juanita High School.
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The Inglemoor girls basketball team used a balanced attack of long threes and pounding the ball into the key to win the 4A KingCo title 54-36 against Skyline Friday night at Juanita High School.

“This is just surreal winning KingCo,” said Inglemoor senior Kelly Conroy. “It is unreal. You can’t even fathom the pride I have for my team.”

The tandem of sophomore Deja Strother and Conroy was too much for the Spartans as the dynamic duo combined for 32 of the team’s points.

And while both players led the Vikings to the win, their games could not be more different.

Conroy led off the game by hitting two of her four three-pointers on the night during the first quarter. The only other first-quarter points came from Strother. She barged into the key for a basket, drew the foul and completed the three-point play. But Inglemoor led by just one point at the end of the first eight minutes of play.

The Spartans took the lead back to start the second quarter, but a 10-2 run by the Vikings was an omen of second-half play. Skyline, with two consecutive buckets to finish the second quarter, tied the game 22-22 by halftime.

Chalayia Fuller got the Vikings off to a good second-half start with a steal, full-court sprint and layup.

“(During the second half) we just slowed down and focused,” said Strother.

A free throw by Julia Haining capped a 15-5 run by Inglemoor.

“We go eight deep on our bench,” said Inglemoor head coach John  Augustavo. “But we just kept feeding it inside to the big kids and it worked.”

Strother dominated the final eight minutes of play with six points and a blocked shot.

“I just wanted the ball,” said Strother.

Conroy hit her final three of the game on an inbound play, as the Vikings cruised to the No. 1 seed to districts from KingCo.

“It means a lot,” said Strother. “We wanted this game more than anything.”

Strother led the team with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Conroy had 15 points.

“We are so blessed to have all of these kids,” said Augustavo. “We were hurt in the middle of the season but we are healthy now.”

Inglemoor’s only two losses this season came in back-to-back games against Issaquah and Woodinville, two teams that they have defeated during the last three weeks.

“We aren’t underestimating anyone anymore,” said Conroy.

The Vikings, who won the Crest Division title with a 12-2 record, are now 20-2 overall this season.


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