Inglemoor girls rally to beat Newport, clinch No. 5 KingCo seed

Senior Hannah Shimek hit an off-balance layup in the final seconds as the Inglemoor High girls basketball team rallied for a 44-42 conference victory over Newport on Wednesday in Kenmore.

The Vikings trailed by as many as eight points in the fourth quarter, but ended the game on a 12-2 run to lock in the fifth seed in the upcoming conference tournament.

Inglemoor (5-8 KingCo, 7-10) won despite missing several starters on the varsity roster, namely senior Amanda Luckett. The 6-foot-2 post has missed the last several games while dealing with a foot injury. Luckett Started, but only as a senior-night formality.

The Vikings lost senior guard Nicole Rauch early in the second half with an apparent ankle injury. Rauch was helped off the court and did not return, spending the remainder of the game on the trainers table with ice and later on the bench with her ankle wrapped.

Rauch led Inglemoor with nine points in the first half. Fellow senior Emily Massad stepped up in Rauch’s absence, scoring 10 of her team-high 13 points in the second half.

Sophomore Jenna Troy finished with 10 points. Shimek had four points, including the game-winner with four seconds to play.

Newport sophomore Anateya Sommerville scored 19 points to lead the Knights (2-11, 6-13) in the loss.

Inglemoor is scheduled to close the regular season with a road game against cross-river rival Bothell at 6 p.m. on Feb. 3 at Bothell High School.

Inglemoor will play the fourth seed in the first round of the KingCo tournament, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Feb. 8 at Redmond High School. Eastlake and Skyline are both in contention for the fourth seed, and the two are set to play in the season finale on Feb. 3.