4A State Girls Basketball Rankings

4A State Girls Basketball Rankings
By Steve Dion

As league play is in its final weeks and the playoffs are on the horizon, here at the top ten rankings for the 4A girls classification!

1) Central Valley: 15-0 (13-0)
The Bears have won all games by double digits with the exception of their meeting with Lewis & Clark; also in the top 10.

2) Moses Lake: 16-0 (8-0)
Leaders of the Big 9 once again which may be the strongest league in the state top to bottom.

3) Bothell: 16-1 (12-1)
Edged Woodinville in a thriller on Friday night to maintain breathing room in the race for the KingCo Crown.

4) Todd Beamer: 15-2 (6-0)
Put the Lynnwood loss behind themselves quickly with two wins in the next four days.

5) Skyview: 12-4 (8-0)
The GSHL will hinge on what the second round with Camas next Tuesday. Storm took round one 51-40!

6) Camas: 15-2 (8-1)
See above.

7) Lewis and Clark: 12-3 (12-1)
Hot on the heels of top ranked Central Valley are the sneaky Tigers.

8) Kentlake: 13-4 (5-0)
A Kent team inevitably finds itself within the top 10. The Falcons have taken the torch as the town representative.

9) Chiawana: 14-2 (9-0)
Have strung together an 11-game win streak after a few bumps in the road in early December.

10) Inglemoor: 12-4 (9-3)
Can still surpass Bothell for a league title with a strong finish and some help from other teams.

On the Bubble
West Valley

Bellevue Rings in 2016 with Win Over Vikings

Bellevue Rings in 2016 with Win Over Vikings
By Steve Dion

Monday- January 4th 2016 Girls 4A/3A KingCo
Bellevue High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Inglemoor 9 13 10 9 41
Bellevue 23 14 13 17 67

Bellevue senior Shelby Cansler

Monday night showcased a clash of KingCo powerhouses in Bellevue and Inglemoor. The Wolverines are fresh off a first place finish in the Tournament of Championships in Arizona over the holiday break. They would put their perfect record on the line against an always tough Vikings squad. Bellevue controlled the pace early by pushing the ball up the court quickly and not allowing Inglemoor to get comfortable in their defensive sets. The Wolverines picked up a double digit lead that continued to grow through contributions by Quinessa Caylao-Do who scored 14 in the contest including an efficient 11/12 from the free throw line. Additionally, Shelby Cansler notched 11 of her team-high 18 in the first half as the versatile scorer demonstrated her range and skill under the basket. Inglemoor regrouped and put together a late run in the first half to close the gap. Kennedy Nicholas finished a tough reverse layup while drawing a foul to bring the deficit within ten and bring to single digits. Difficulty from the charity stripe troubled the Viks and Bellevue capitalized by bringing the lead back to fifteen by halftime.

The Wolverines continued to grow their lead in the third quarter as the defensive effort continued to pay dividends. The Bellevue trap forced several turnovers, many by Anna Wilson who finished with 13 points. Inglemoor seniors Mackenzie Gardner and Ifeoma Emeka solidified the Inglemoor attack by showing toughness down the stretch. Emeka finished with a team-high 13 in the contest. The fourth quarter was mostly academic as the outcome of the game was essentially decided. However, the final moments of the game featured a stamp on the contest which was a behind the back pass from Anna Wilson to Ann-Marie Jacobs. The Wolverines start 2016 by continuing their long streak in the win column.

The Final Score
Bellevue 67, Inglemoor 41

Top Performers:
Shelby Cansler- 18 points
Ifeoma Emeka- 13 points

Gonzaga Prep Wins 2 OT State Finals Thriller

Gonzaga Prep Wins 2 OT State Finals Thriller
By Colin Caruso

Saturday March 7 2015 Girls 4A State Final
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT 2OT Final
Inglemoor 4 15 14 12 4 3 52
Gonzaga Prep 15 16 12 2 4 8 57

Gonzaga Prep Bullpups

Gonzaga Prep was back in the state finals, defending their title against the Vikings of Inglemoor in 4A girls basketball. This was a classic contest of size vs. speed, with Gonzaga Prep possessing the speed, and Inglemoor living in the paint on both ends of the floor.

Inglemoor star Deja Strother got into foul trouble early, forcing her to sit for a good portion of the first quarter, a first quarter that Gonzaga Prep controlled. Inglemoor had a tough time finding the basket and trailed 15-4 after one.

Inglemoor’s offense opened up in the second quarter, distributing the ball more effectively and getting easy looks at the basket. Strother stayed out of foul trouble and was able to provide 11 points in the first half. But Gonzaga Prep was dominating the pace of play, and it was uptempo. Laura Stockton had eight points in the first half and Otiona Gildon added ten to take a 31-19 lead into the locker room.

Gonzaga Prep slowed their offense down in the third quarter, much to the chagrin of their coach. The speed change allowed Inglemoor to setup in the half court and control the paint. This allowed Inglemoor to go on a 9-2 run to start the quarter. Coach Arte of the Bullpups called a timeout to regroup, and it proved to work. His Bullpups responded and took a 10 point lead into the fourth.

Alex Hagen for the Vikings put in the first eight points of the fourth quarter to electrify the Inglemoor crowd. Down just two, the comeback was on. The run extended to 12-0, and Inglemoor took their first lead of the game. Laura Stockton stopped the bleeding with 30 seconds to go, the Bullpups first points of the quarter. That proved to be the last bucket of regulation and this game went to OT.

The Bullpups struck first in overtime with two free throws, answered by one free throw from the Vikings. With just 1:45 to play, the Bullpups held a one point lead.

The scoring subsided until 30 seconds remaining, when Strother hit a layup and was fouled. She hit the free throw, putting the Vikings up two. Stockton drove the lane on Gonzaga Prep’s next possession and found Gildon for an easy two to tie the game. Double overtime!

Gildon struck first from the line for the Bullpups, hitting one of two. Tayler Drynan followed up with a three for Gonzaga Prep to extend the lead to 4, but the Vikings came right back with a three of their own.

Another one for two trip for the Bullpups, followed by an offensive rebound gave them the ball back with one minute to play. Oona Harrington knocked down a jumper for the Bullpups to go up four, and that jumper would seal it. The Bullpups won 57-52! Congratulations Gonzaga Prep Girls!

Top Performers:
Deja Strother 22 points, 8 rebounds

Gonzaga Prep
Otiona Gildon – 17 points, 11 rebounds
Laura Stockton – 13 points , 9 steals

Inglemoor Clinches Title Game Berth with Victory Over Moses Lake

Inglemoor Clinches Title Game Berth with Victory Over Moses Lake
By Steven Dion

Friday- March 6 2015 Girls 4A State
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Inglemoor 17 13 9 26 65
Moses Lake 11 13 15 21 60

Inglemoor Vikings

Coach Augustavo’s Vikings have been knocking on the door of a 4A state championship for the past handful of seasons. With one game separating Inglemoor from reaching the title game, the quest for the hardware is within reach. However, Moses Lake is no stranger to the Tacoma Dome and the Chiefs also have their sights set on advancing to the final round of the tourney. They defeated Skyview by double digits to advance to the semis while Inglemoor squashed Bellarmine Prep to advance to the second round. In a classic east versus west showdown, which team would prevail?

IHS senior Alex Hagen helped the Viks jump out to an efficient first half in which they shot 44% from the floor and grabbed a ten point lead early at 15-5. Conversely, the Chiefs were just 8 for 32 from the field in the first two quarters and faced a half dozen point deficit at the break. The size advantage by Inglemoor was evident as the rebounding advantage and points in the paint favored the Vikings. Moses Lake needed huge contributions from their guards throughout the contest. Jamie Loera and McKenna Walker answered the call, but would it be enough to prevail in the second half.

Moses Lake returned from the intermission with the biggest run of the game to tie up the ballgame and give themselves a coin flip in the final frame. Loera and Walker combined for 42 points and 10 boards while the Viks had four scorers in double figures inclduding Hagen with 20. The 17 point rebound difference in the game played a major role in allowing Inglemoor to get additional looks at the offensive end and ultimately stringing together a 26 point fourth quarter to seal the victory and a trip to the state final.

The Final Score: Inglemoor 65 Moses Lake 60

Top Performers:
Alex Hagen-20 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists

Moses Lake
Jessie Loera-25 points, 3 assists, 2 steals

Inglemoor Prevails in Nailbiter Over Blanchet

Inglemoor Prevails in Nailbiter Over Blanchet
By Steven Dion

Monday- January 5 2015 Girls 4A/3A Non-League
Inglemoor High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Inglemoor 13 16 14 9 52
Bishop Blanchet 17 6 14 13 50

Inglemoor Senior Jordana Price

Monday night at Inglemoor High School provided a sneak peek of the kind of basketball seen at the Tacoma Dome in March as the host Vikings battled against the 2013 3A runner up Bishop Blanchet. Unfortunately, these top girls squads in the state will not have a chance to meet in the Hardwood Classic.

Blanchet was able to grab an early lead as three Braves players knocked down 3 pointers in the first quarter. It appeared that this was an integral part of Coach Willison’s game plan due to the Vikings size advantage in the paint. Deja Stother accounted for 6 of the Vikings 13 first quarter points on high ball screens allowing her to attack the rim. However, Strother picked up her second foul late in the first forcing coach John Augustavo to place the senior center on the bench. Jordana Price was able to pick up the slack by burying a pair from downtown for 6 of her 14 big points in the game. The Braves offense stalled in the second frame and in doing so allowed Inglemoor to take the lead. Jadyn Bush fought through some pain from a collision under the hoop in the first quarter which limited her to 4 first half points, but the sophomore leader had a big second half in store as BB trailed by six at the break.

The pace of the game picked up early in the third quarter as both team were getting offensive production up and down the roster. Braves guard Taylor Chambers dished out some great passes to driving teammates and notched some points in the process. Strother picked up some assists in the form of full court heaves to Kennedy Nicholas and Amanda Luckett. Ella DiPietro helped Blanchet cut the lead to one point with 4 minutes remaining. Then, Bush converted on an and-one to give the Braves the lead. However, Jordana Price came up clutch with a three-ball with 38 seconds remaining. This would prove to be the winning score as Inglemoor held onto the slim lead they regained. An exciting finish between the best the state of Washington has to offer!

The Final Score: Inglemoor 52 Bishop Blanchet 50

Top Performers:
Deja Strother-17 points/Jordana Price-14 points (4 3-pt FGs)

Bishop Blanchet
Jadyn Bush-15 points (5/6 FTs)

Mount Rainier Takes down Inglemoor, Advances to State Semis


Thursday March 6th 2014 4A Girls Basketball
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Inglemoor 11 17 7 22 57
Mount Rainier 20 17 15 12 64

Mount Rainier Takes down Inglemoor, Advances to State Semis
By Colin Caruso

In an unfortunate matchup in the round of eight between two of the state’s best 4A girls programs, the McPhee led Mount Rainier Rams took on the Inglemoor Vikings. The Rams are 24-3 on the year, with big wins over two final eight teams, Kentwood and Skyview. Inglemoor is led by post Deja Strother, and they are 21-3 on the season.

Mount Rainier exploded offensively in the first half. They played quicker and with more poise than their competition, and led by as many as 12 points. The McPhee twins combined for 18 points in the first half, but the team was led by Aqeelah Williams’ 11. Strother and Mackenzie Gardner kept the Vikings in the contest with 12 points each, but only two other players for the Vikings scored in the first half. Mount Rainier led 46-33 at the break.

Mount Rainier continued to play fundamentally sound basketball in the third, pushing their lead to as many as 19. It seemed as if the Rams got their hands on every entry pass to Strother, gathering the loose balls and getting out in transition. After three, Mount Rainier led 52-35.
Inglemoor needed a big run to get back into this game, down 17 entering in the fourth. They picked up their defense and the shots began to fall for the Vikings, who started the quarter on a 13-7 run. But it was too little too late. The Vikings won the quarter 22-12, but lost by seven, 64-57. The win for the Rams avenged an earlier season loss to the Vikings, a game Inglemoor won by 15.

Top Performers:
Deja Strother – 25 points (11-15 FG), 18 rebounds (9 offensive), 2 blocks
Mackenzie Gardner – 14 points, 4 assists

Mount Rainier
Brittany McPhee – 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals
Jordan McPhee – 12 points, 4 steals

Winning is Deja Vu with Inglemoor’s Strother


Friday Jan 4th 2014 3A-4A Girls Basketball
Bishop Blanchet High 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Inglemoor 19 11 9 11 50
Bishop Blanchet 4 10 8 12 34

See game recap below

Winning is Deja Vu with Inglemoor’s Strother
By Steven Dion

Bishop Blanchet has established itself as a contender in the Metro League in this young season as their pair of dynamic freshmen in Jaydn Bush and Taylor Chambers complement an experienced Braves roster. Bryan Willison’s squad had a true test on Saturday as last year’s sixth place finisher in 4A Inglemoor made a visit for a non-league matchup. Blanchet would give up length in this contest as Inglemoor entered with a significant size advantage. If Inglemoor could neutralize Blanchet’s speedy guards, the Viks would have a good chance to pick up a quality road win.

The first quarter set the tone for the game as cold shooting from both teams in the opening minutes changed in favor of the Vikings as sophomore Deja Strother entered the game. The 6’4” center registered five field goals in the first frame after coming off the bench and Inglemoor grabbed a 19-4 lead after quarter one. Strother’s physicality and rebounding ability outmatched the Blanchet opposition all game long. BBHS remained resilient in the second quarter as Chamber buried a pair of three pointers and Bush knocked down five of six free throws before the break. At halftime, Inglemoor grabbed a commanding lead at 30-14.

The Vikings continued their relentless play on both sides of the floor as John Augustavo’s team made highlight blocks on defense and quality offensive possessions at the other end. Bishop Blanchet was able to keep pace, but trailing by double digits meant they would have to find a way to outscore the Viks. The home team just did not have the recipe to make the comeback happen. Inglemoor chewed up the clock in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. When the buzzer sounded, the Vikings were victorious by the score of 50-34. Look for Inglemoor to make a deep playoff run this season as Strother’s presence on the floor changes the complexion of the game. The dynamic sophomore disrupts most shots for opposing teams and is a lethal scoring option in the front court.

Top Performer:
Deja Strother – 15 points

Todd Beamer’s Stifling D Smothers Inglemoor


Saturday Dec 14th 2013 4A Boys Basketball
Highline CC 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Inglemoor 7 4 7 15 33
Todd Beamer 8 20 12 13 53

See game recap below

Todd Beamer’s Stifling D Smothers Inglemoor
By Colin Caruso

The Todd Beamer Titans gave the Inglemoor Vikings a long Saturday afternoon, allowing just 11 points in the first half to the Vikings, and forcing nine steals. The first quarter was close, with Beamer taking the slightest one point lead into the second. But with a veteran team with the likes of Trey Burch-Manning and Bogdon Bliznyuk, you knew the Titans were going to start heating up.

The Beamer 1-3-1 press in the second quarter was stifling. They forced turnover after turnover and the Vikings could not seem to figure the press out. After a 20-4 second quarter in favor of the Titans, the game was fully in Todd Beamer’s hands.

Beamer came out in the second half still hot from the second quarter, but slowed the game down as the third quarter winded down. In the fourth, Lynnwood was finally able to break the 10 point mark in a quarter, scoring 15 against the Titan reserves. Beamer showed a great defensive performance in this game. Don’t be surprised if you see them playing late in February like they did last year.

Top Performers:
William Luckett – 9 points, 8 rebounds

Todd Beamer
Trey Burch-Manning – 16 points, 8 rebounds
Bogdon Bliznyuk – 12 points, 8 rebounds

Eastlake’s Offense Smothers Inglemoor


Thursday Oct. 3 2013 4A Boys Football
Pop Keeney Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Eastlake 7 7 14 10 38
Inglemoor 3 3 3 11 20

See game recap below

Eastlake’s Offense Smothers Inglemoor
By Steven Dion

Pop Keeney Stadium served as the site for a 4A KingCo Crest showdown between the Inglemoor Vikings and Eastlake Wolves. This was a very important game for each team which has work to do to maintain postseason aspirations. The Viks drew first blood on a 33 yard field goal by Mitchell Barker. He also netted kicks from 23, 27, and 28 yards. Eastlake found the end zone on a Troy Lewis run in the first frame. The Wolves took a 14-3 lead on a pick six in late in the first half. The scoreboard read 14-6 at intermission.

The visiting squad from Sammamish continued to score early in the second half as they added 14 points on a 16 yard pass to Mitchell Augenstein and a 49 yard strike to Jeffrey Feinglas. Eastlake’s success on offense stemmed from their ability to notch big gains on early downs from Lewis to set up manageable third downs to keep the chains moving. Inglemoor had trouble in the red zone, settling for field goals when they needed touchdowns. Viking receiver John Gardner made several spectacular catches in tight coverage. They finally got their score on a 3 yard run late into the fourth, but Lewis responded with a 36 yard scamper of his own to secure the victory. Eastlake controlled the tempo of the game from the start. However, penalties allowed the host Inglemoor squad to keep the game within two possessions until the final minute of the game.

Top Performers:
Troy Davis – 2 rushing TDs

Mitchell Barker – 4/4 FGs (33,27,23,28)