Spartans overcome Eastlake in final seconds, win 49-47

February 2, 2010

By Christopher Huber

Skyline freshman guard Haley Smith, yanks the ball from the reach of Eastlake sophomore forward Lauren Files in the fourth quarter Jan. 29 at Eastlake High School. By Christopher Huber

It was the Eastlake High School girls basketball team’s game to lose and Skyline took it at the last moment.

The Skyline girls improved to 6-6 in 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division play after sophomore Morgan Farrar made a hectic lay-in with 17 seconds remaining Jan. 29.

In front of a packed and noisy crowd at Eastlake High School, Skyline beat Eastlake 49-47.

“I was afraid I would miss,” Farrar said as she left the court after the game. “I finally just finished.”

Eastlake went to 5-7 in league and 9-7 overall for the season. The win gives Skyline some confidence as the season comes to a close, and it may give them a fighting chance for the playoffs, Farrar said.

“We had to win this,” she said.The Wolves led 29-20 at halftime and looked to have control of the game. Alyssa Charlston and Kendra Morrison dominated down low and helped Eastlake take a 41-33 lead into the fourth quarter.

Skyline came back to lead 47-45 with 38 seconds left in the game. Eastlake sophomore Abby Carlson tied it at 47 with 26 seconds left, but the Wolves didn’t get another chance to win.

Kassia Fortier led Skyline with 12 points and Farrar finished with nine. Charlston topped all players with 15 points; Morrison had 13.

For Skyline, the victory was its second of the week. The Spartans defeated Inglemoor 58-51 Jan. 27. Skyline grabbed a 10-8 lead in the first quarter and was ahead by eight points at halftime. Fortier scored a game-high 22 points and Haley Smith contributed 12 points.

In other 4A KingCo action last week, Issaquah tumbled out of first place in the Crest Division when the Eagles lost twice.

Woodinville, the Crown Division leaders, defeated Issaquah 54-47 Jan. 27. Woodinville outscored Issaquah 17-10 in the third quarter to break open the contest. Maddey Pflaumer paced Issaquah with 17 points. Mackenzie Schiltz added 12 points and Blaire Brady had 11 for the Eagles.

Issaquah fell to Garfield 59-53 Jan. 29. Garfield shot to a 12-point lead in the third quarter, which proved too much for Issaquah to overcome. Schiltz topped Issaquah with 17 points and Pflaumer had 14.

Issaquah, 10-2, trails Newport by one game entering this week’s play.

Patriots split two

Liberty split a pair of 3A/2A KingCo games last week.

The Patriots lost to Bellevue 41-33 Jan. 27. Aspen Winegar led the Patriots with 13 points and Danni Sjolander added 11.

Liberty bounced back Jan. 29 to beat Sammamish 50-25. Winegar tallied a game-high 18 points and Maddie Birdsall had 10 points.

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