Mount Rainier girls earn revenge, advance with 64-57 win over Inglemoor

Contributing writerMarch 6, 2014 

Brittany McPhee scored 19 points and Aqeelah Williams added 15 more as No. 4 Mount Rainier avenged a midseason loss to No. 3 Inglemoor with a 64-57 victory in the 4A girls quarterfinals on Thursday.

Inglemoor had earned a convincing 68-53 victory over Mount Rainier back in January. The loss to the Vikings was the only blemish on the Rams’ record over the final 17 games of the season.

“We just used it as a learning point,” McPhee said of the loss. “We studied the film. We knew what we did wrong and we came out with a game plan that worked really well.”

Mount Rainier pressured Inglemoor into 21 turnovers and the Rams made the most of opportunities in transition. McPhee scored seven straight points as part of an 18-2 run by the Rams to take a 23-11 advantage early in the second quarter.

Deja Strother scored 12 of the first 16 points for the Vikings but Mount Rainier was able to keep the rest of the Inglemoor roster in check early.

After trailing 37-28 at half, a basket by Mackenzie Gardner and a 3-pointer by Alex Hagen pulled the Vikings within six, 39-33, early in the third quarter.

Mount Rainier would answer with a decisive run to once again take control. McPhee and Williams led a 13-0 scoring burst by the Rams to take a 52-35 advantage at the end of the third quarter.

Strother scored 12 of her game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter as Inglemoor tried to rally.

“Everyone played well,” Mount Rainier head coach Bob Bolam said. “If we’re going to win it, we need everyone playing well and I thought today we had that. That was nice to see.”

The Rams advance to the semifinals after losing to eventual state champion Mead in last year’s semifinals.

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