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Thursday, February 17, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Basketball

KingCo 4A roundup: Woodinville falls in OT to Inglemoor

Seattle Times staff reporter

WOODINVILLE — On an average day, Ashley Brown said she shoots about 50 free throws. Usually, she makes about 45.

So when she kept finding her way to the foul line late in last night's game against Woodinville, pretty much everybody on the Inglemoor High bench was thinking along the same lines as head coach John Augustavo.

"I wouldn't want anybody else out there," the coach said afterward. "When she got on the line, we said, 'It's over.' "

Indeed, it was.

Brown's smooth stroke from the free-throw line netted the Vikings their final five points in regulation, their last four points in overtime, and ultimately, a 57-51 victory at Woodinville in a game that decided the KingCo 4A Central Division champion.

"I like to shoot," said Brown, a 6-foot junior who finished with 23 points and eight rebounds. "And I love pressure."

Inglemoor (16-4 overall, 11-3 conference) locked up the third seed to next week's KingCo 4A tournament and will host defending state champion Roosevelt in the first round Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

"This is the first division (win) for Inglemoor girls in who knows when," said Augustavo, whose team is looking to make the program's first state trip since 1998. "So it's a huge deal for us."

Woodinville (15-5, 10-4) qualified for the KingCo 4A tournament as the fifth seed and will play at Skyline in the first round Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The Falcons, under first-year coach Steve Segadelli, already have secured their first winning season since 1992-93, the only year they made state.

"It was their time tonight," Segadelli said of Inglemoor. "And maybe our time will come another time."

Woodinville trailed most of the second half, twice by as many as seven points, but rallied to tie the game at 41 on a three-point play by junior LeeAnn Palo with 4:49 remaining.

The Falcons led 49-46 with 2:09 left, and had Inglemoor's second-leading scorer, Sarah Ena, out of the game with five fouls. Things looked promising.

But Brown converted one free throw with 1:06 left, and two more to tie the game at 49 with 28.3 seconds remaining, forcing overtime. (She had a 25-footer to win bounce short as time expired.)

Neither team mustered much offense in the extra period. Brown scored on an aggressive post move, then sank four straight free throws, accounting for six points inside the final 44 seconds, to cinch the victory.

Palo scored 23 for Woodinville.

Inglemoor's victory gave the Vikings a regular-season split with the Falcons. Woodinville won the first meeting, 52-50, on Dec. 17.

"We're a lot better team now," said Brown, alluding to her team's eight-game win streak. "I think we've grown up and matured. This is a huge win."

Other girls games

Garfield 68, at Franklin 30

The top-ranked Bulldogs (19-1, 14-0) led 17-4 after one quarter as they finished the regular season unbeaten atop the West Division. Vivian Frieson had 15 points and Samantha Tinned 14 to lead Garfield, which faces the Quakers (9-11, 5-9) again Wednesday in the KingCo tournament. Sophomore guard Shaneya Valdez scored 13 for Franklin.

Bothell 50, at Juanita 41

The Cougars sank 15 of 19 first-half free throws to win their final game. Kaitlin McBride led Bothell (5-15, 3-11) with 14 points. Abby Croteau had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Rebels (2-18, 0-14).

At Redmond 71, Lake Washington 48

Redmond's Erika Edwards scored a school-record 19 of her 22 points in the third quarter for the Mustangs (15-5, 12-2). Teammate Colleen Betteridge was nearly as hot in the first half, scoring 19 points before halftime and finishing with 24 against the Kangs (10-10, 6-8).

At Skyline 50, Eastlake 39

The tournament-bound Spartans (14-6, 10-4) had the Wolves down 12-3 after one quarter. Madison Maloney's 16 points for Skyline led all scorers. Alex Zennan scored 12 for Eastlake (6-15, 3-11) in its final game.

At Ballard 53, Roosevelt 51

Amber Hering scored 25 points, including seven free throws in the fourth quarter, as Ballard (8-12, 3-11) surprised playoff-bound Roosevelt (10-10, 7-7) in the Beavers' final game. Roosevelt's Mackenzie Argens scored 15.

KingCo 4A boys

tournament pairings set

Sixth-ranked Roosevelt begins pursuit of its first state berth since 1987 when the KingCo 4A boys basketball tournament opens next week.

The Roughriders (16-4), champions of the West Division, take the top seed into the tournament, opening against eighth-seeded Garfield (10-9) Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at old Lincoln High in Wallingford.

The teams split the regular-season series. Roosevelt won 64-46 on Jan. 4; Garfield won 56-53 on Feb. 8.

Other first-round pairings, also Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., include Inglemoor (18-2), the Central Division champ, hosting Eastlake (11-9), Lake Washington (13-7), the East Division champion, hosting Bothell (8-12), and seventh-ranked Franklin (15-5), three-time defending KingCo 4A champ, hosting Juanita (11-9).

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