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Bothell beats rival Inglemoor to advance in KingCo tournament | Prep boys basketball
The Bothell and Inglemoor High School boys basketball teams entered the consolation first-round of the 4A KingCo tournament desperately in need of a victory to stay alive. Bothell used two huge scoring runs to bury the Vikings, 67-49, at Juanita High School in Kirkland on Friday.
The two teams battle during the first quarter trading baskets and the lead as they combed for four 3-pointers. Inglewood took a 12-11 lead on a steel and basket by John Gardner. But Bothell would take control towards the end of the first quarter. A vicious just dunk by Josh Martin triggered a 14-3 run that lasted into the second quarter.
"We had a team meeting to make sure that everyone was on the same page after our loss [during the first round]," said Martin, who finished with 22 points. "We needed to make sure we got our minds right and into playoff mode."
Inglemoor would cut into that lead during the final few minutes of the second quarter, trailing 36-26 at halftime.
But Bothell got on a roll again to start the second half. The Cougars scored 12-unanswered points to start the third quarter, including three three-pointers from Peyton Cordova-Smith, who finished with five three-pointers and 15 points for the game.
"He was in a slump for a couple of weeks," said Bollinger. " It was a matter of him getting the ball up and his shoulders forward. We need to hit the three-balls to win because it opens up the middle for Josh."
The Cougars took their biggest lead of the game at 48-26 and rolled to the victory during the fourth quarter.
Josh Gardner led the Vikings with 15 points, while teammate Trey Miller had 12 points. The loss ends Inglemoor's season with a 10-12 overall record, after finishing the regular season with a 7-7 record.
Bothell will now play the winner of Garfield and Roosevelt on Tuesday.