Eastlake leaves Skyline looking for first league win

December 15, 2009

By Christopher Huber

Issaquah gets upset victory over Garfield

Rachel Shim, Skyline freshman guard, drives to the hoop as Eastlake junior forward Katy Ainslie and other Wolves try to defend in the second quarter Dec. 11. By Christopher Huber

Rachel Shim, Skyline freshman guard, drives to the hoop as Eastlake junior forward Katy Ainslie and other Wolves try to defend in the second quarter Dec. 11. By Christopher Huber

It was a messy game, but the Eastlake Wolves came out on top Dec. 11 at the Skyline High School gymnasium.

While both teams had their moments, Eastlake beat Skyline 42-38 to improve to 3-1 on the season and 1-1 in the 4A KingCo Conference.

“We just knew that we had to come out and be 100 percent and be really aggressive on the boards,” said Wolves’ sophomore Kendra Morrison.

She led all scorers, sinking seven of 13 shots for 16 points on the night. She also went 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.

Skyline led 8-7 to end the first quarter after Spartans senior post Amy Ziegler made a shot at the buzzer. She finished with 10 points.

Skyline went up 12-9 early in the second. But halfway through the quarter, the Wolves ramped up the pressure on defense and went on a 12-5 scoring run to lead 21-17 at the half.

Skyline struggled to move the ball on offense.“We just gotta be a little smarter with the ball. We’ll get better with that,” Skyline coach Greg Bruns said after the game. “In the half-court is where we’ve gotta be more disciplined.”

Eastlake coach Scott Sartorius attributed the low-scoring game to lack of ball control and sloppy defense on both sides.

The second half looked like a wrestling match, as players dove and slid along the floor to keep possession or save a careening ball from going out of bounds.

Skyline kept it close, trailing by one point at the end of the third quarter. However, fouls ultimately gave Eastlake scoring opportunities.

Spartan senior wing Kassia Fortier finished with nine points.

In addition to her 16 points, Morrison also had nine rebounds, three steals and three blocks.

“Kendra’s just so athletic in basketball. She’s just so gifted, as far as just kind of making plays, like when things break down,” Sartorius said.

Senior wing-forward Alyssa Charlston scored 12 points, making six of eight from the field. She also had seven rebounds and three assists.

The loss put Skyline at 2-2 overall and 0-2 in league play.

Skyline lost to Garfield 52-40 Dec.9.

Fortier topped Skyline with 14 points. Rachel Shim contributed nine points and Morgan Farrar had seven points.

Eagles upset Garfield

Issaquah might not always be the tallest team on the court this season. However, through hustle and tough defense, the Eagles should be a contender in the 4A KingCo.

While they gave up some inches Dec. 11, the Eagles showed plenty of heart in beating highly regarded Garfield 62-45 at Eastlake.

Garfield, ranked fourth in The Seattle Times poll, was the taller team. However, the Bulldogs couldn’t match Issaquah’s intensity.

Issaquah surprised Garfield by shooting to a 21-10 lead in the first six minutes. The Eagles pushed their lead to 33-17 with 2:27 before halftime and, despite a couple of runs by Garfield, stayed in front to stay.

The Eagles got plenty of offense from 5-foot-11 Maddey Pflaumer, the tallest player on the Issaquah team. Pflaumer scored a game-high and season-high 23 points, and also yanked down seven rebounds.

Blaire Brady and Taryn Holmes each contributed nine points for the Eagles, who boosted their league record to 2-0 and season mark to 3-0.

Issaquah opened its league season Dec. 9 with a 55-45 victory against host Redmond. The Eagles jumped ahead 14-10 in the first quarter and stayed in front for good.

Mackenzie Schiltz led the Eagles with 20 points. Brady added 14 points and Brooke Miller had eight points.

In 3A/2A KingCo action last week, Liberty went 1-1.

The Patriots lost to Bellevue 55-48 Dec. 11. Danni Sjolander topped Liberty with 13 points.

Liberty topped Mount Si 60-45 Dec. 9. Maddie Birdsall, Aspen Winegar and Sjolander each scored 15 points for the Patriots. Liberty shot to a 17-10 first quarter lead and held a commanding 15-point lead at halftime.

Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Reporters Tim Pfarr and Bob Taylor contributed to this story. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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