Inglemoor girls come in with swagger | 4A Tournament Notebook
Inglemoor started the season fast, suffered a midseason swoon, then recovered to reach the state tournament.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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The Inglemoor girls have their swagger back.
That was evident from coach John Augustavo on Sunday after the Vikings from Kenmore drew top-ranked Mount Rainier in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state basketball tournament. They meet at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Tacoma Dome.
"Bring it on," Augustavo said.
Inglemoor was ranked as high as No. 3 after a 10-0 start, then lost back-to-back games to Woodinville and Issaquah while dealing with injuries, illnesses and perhaps a little lethargy.
But the Vikings got healthy, and they ride an 11-game win streak to Tacoma.
"I think we can win this thing," Augustavo said.
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It's been a long ascent for Mount Rainier's girls team the past four seasons. Can the Rams finally get to the top?
This is their fourth straight trip to the Tacoma Dome. Mount Rainier went 0-2 in the 3A tournament in 2010, then a 16-team event. In 2011, the school won in the regional round to reach the 4A quarterfinals, then lost two straight. Last year, the Rams placed third in the 4A tourney and were perhaps one basket from reaching the championship game, losing to Central Valley 42-40 in the semifinals.
They go into this year's tourney ranked No. 1, and coach Bob Bolam said he hopes their state experience will be an advantage.
Arlington boys coach Nick Brown has made it his mini-mission to find out the last time the Eagles made the state tournament. Some say it hasn't happened since 1962. Others say the last time was in 1973.
"I would love to know because I've checked all the books back to '68, but it doesn't say what it is, so I can't tell," Brown said.
Technically, Arlington last played in the state tournament in 2011 in what would now be referred to as regionals. Either way, this is the school's first trip to the quarterfinals. The 10th-ranked Eagles, who play No. 5 Richland on Thursday, are led by senior Terry Dawn (19.5 points per game).
Arlington lost only three games all season, two against No. 2 Jackson. But the Eagles flew under the radar most of the season.
"One of our goals is to leave a legacy," Brown said.
• Mead, Kentwood and Arlington have all captured girls state titles. Arlington's came in 3A in 1982. Kentwood won the 4A crown in 2009. Mead owns three big-school championships, the last in 1990. The Panthers lost in the 2010 final to Auburn Riverside.
Times staff reporter Jayson Jenks contributed to this report.