Eagles face playoff for state berth

February 26, 2010

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 10:20 a.m. Feb. 26, 2010

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team cleared a big hurdle Feb. 25, but the Eagles still have one more obstacle to overcome to qualify for next week’s 4A state tournament.

Issaquah, 20-4, captured the 4A KingCo Conference’ s No. 3 berth with 52-48 victory against Eastlake in a loser-out game at Juanita High School. The Eagles play at Evergreen, of Vancouver, at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in a loser-out, winner to state contest.

Maddey Pflaumer scored 17 points to lead a balanced Issaquah offense against Eastlake. Domi Mendezona and Mackenzie Schiltz each contributed 13 points as the Eagles beat Eastlake for the third time in four meetings this season. All of the games were close. Eastlake defeated Issaquah last week in the first round of the KingCo tournament.

Issaquah led 20-18 after the first quarter and stretched its lead to six points by halftime.

Kendra Morrison, of Eastlake, led all players with 21 points. Teammate Alyssa Charlston added 16 points. Eastlake finished the season at 14-10.

Issaquah now meets an opponent that has turned its program around. Prior to this season, Evergreen had won just seven games in five seasons. The Plainsmen were winless last season. However, Evergreen hired a new coach for this season — Jay Foreman. Along with some new talent, the Plainsmen became a power in Southwest Washington this winter.

Evergreen, 18-4, won the District 4 title Feb. 25 with a 29-24 victory against Skyview, the Greater St. Helens League champion. Justine Joudrey, of Evergreen, did most of the scoring in the game. She hit four 3-pointers and finished with 17 points.

Skyview will travel north Feb., 27 and will meet the loser of the Feb. 26 KingCo title game between Newport and Garfield. Newport and Garfield play at 6:30 p.m. at Juanita.

In the 4A KingCo boys tournament, Eastlake kept alive its state tournament hopes with a 68-49 victory against Bothell. Michael Russo scored 35 points for Eastlake. It was the third time this season Russo scored 30 or more points in a game. Eastlake travels to Mountain View, of Vancouver, Feb. 27 for a loser-out, winner to state game.

Skyline and Lake Washington meet at 8:15 p.m. Feb. 26 in the 4A KingCo title game at Juanita.

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