Inglemoor girls hold off Skyview, 39-36, for fourth place finish

Staff writerMarch 8, 2014 

The Inglemoor girls basketball team held off Skyview’s 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 team’s highest finish in school history. Last year the Vikings finished in sixth place.

After a Skyview run cut Inglemoor’s 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. “That’s the kid we need to keep composed. When she’s composed our team’s fine.”

Augusto’s words worked, as Strother locked down the paint in the final minutes to help secure Inglemoor’s win.

Strother finished with game-highs in points (18), rebounds (11) and blocked shots (3).

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