Issaquah had a chance to seal a state berth Friday night, but a second-half slump led the Eagles to a 71-59 loss to Inglemoor.
“There were crucial points where we gave up second shots,” head coach Jeff Altchech said. “If we would have held it to one shot we would have kept the game a lot closer.”
The loss bumped Issaquah into a loser-out KingCo 4A playoff game against Roosevelt at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday at Juanita High School. The Vikings clinched a state playoff berth and will play Garfield for the KingCo 4A championship this Friday.
“They feel bad, we all feel bad,” Altchech said. “I told them they’ve got to get this one out of their minds as soon as possible.”
Inglemoor, which led 27-22 at halftime, went on a scoring barrage to close out the third quarter. The Vikings outscored the Eagles 15-2 over the final 5:18 of the quarter and put the game out of reach. Inglemoor senior Benji Bryant scored 10 of his team-high 21 points in that run. The Vikings pushed their lead to as many as 23 points, 70-47, with 2:02 to go in the game. Issaquah fought back in the final 1:46, knocking down four straight three-pointers. They were just 6-for-22 from behind the three-point arc for the game.
The Eagles never led Friday, but pulled within one point three times in the second quarter. Issaquah was led by Robby Primrose’s game-high 24 points. Andrew Nale contributed 12.
The winner of Tuesday’s loser-out game will advance to play Redmond or Bothell at 8:15 p.m., Thursday. The winner of Thursday’s game will host the No. 4 team from the Southwest District on Saturday for a state playoff berth. The loser will have to travel to face the No. 3 team from the Southwest District on Saturday in another winner-to-state, loser-out game.
Check back Wednesday afternoon for a full synopsis of Tuesday night’s game against Roosevelt.