The Inglemoor girls basketball team held off Skyviews late surge to secure a 39-36 win and a fourth place trophy Saturday in the Class 4A state basketball tournament at the Tacoma Dome.
Inglemoor lost to Mount Rainier, 64-57, on Thursday before routing Arlington, 47-27, on Friday to get the teams highest finish in school history. Last year the Vikings finished in sixth place.
After a Skyview run cut Inglemoors lead to 36-34, Vikings coach John Augusto called a timeout to refocus his star forward Deja Strother.
Everybody looks (toward) Deja. ... When Deja loses her composure, our team drops down a level, he said. Thats the kid we need to keep composed. When shes composed our teams fine.
Augustos words worked, as Strother locked down the paint in the final minutes to help secure Inglemoors win.
Strother finished with game-highs in points (18), rebounds (11) and blocked shots (3).