By Kevin Manning
It was ugly, but the No. 6 ranked Inglemoor girls were able to put their disappointment from Thursday night aside, and pull off a 44-34 Class 3A consolation-round win over No. 8 Skyline in the Tacoma Dome on Friday.
In the first half, the Vikings struggled to score, shooting 26-percent from the floor.
After halftime, out came a Inglemoor different team.
After the half, the Vikings’ standout sophomore Deja Strother (18 points, 7-of-11 field goals) no longer allowed the Spartans to push her around.
“At the half we decided we were going to go inside. That’s where the game’s gotta go,” Inglemoor coach John Augustavo said.
Strother, a 6-foot-4 post, tallied 13 points in the second.
“I sat a lot yesterday, so when I got in, I didn’t have my head in it very well,” Strother said discussing her foul trouble against Mount Rainier on Thursday. “Today I just really wanted it—I wanted it for the seniors…I slowed it down and got it together.”
Strother finished the game with 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.
The Vikings will play Gonzaga Prep for the fourth/sixth placing Saturday in the Tacoma Dome –it will be Inglemoor’s first time placing the school’s history.