By Bucky Beaver
The Ballard High School girls basketball team (12-10) played their first playoff game in five years last night when they traveled to the #7 team in state, Inglemoor Vikings.
Ballard jumped to an early lead with great defense and good shooting. Ballard was up 25-20 at halftime and tied at 32 after three quarters. Although Ballard continued the pressure defense, the deep bench of the Vikings was able to wear down the Beavers in the fourth quarter forcing numerous turnovers.
Inglemoor went on to a 51-40 win. The Beavers shot well shooting 47 percent for the game; however, it was the turnovers that killed them—Ballard had a season high 26 turnovers. Ballard was led in scoring by juniors Nancy MacGeorge with 19 points, Beverly Verduin with 8 and Imani Bender with 8.
Ballard now moves down to the consolation bracket, still eligible to make it to the state tournament.
They next play Woodinville this Saturday, February 9th at 4:45 p.m. at Juanita High School. Ballard lost to Woodinville by one point back in early December at Woodinville.
We wish the girls the best of luck!