Issaquah girls overcome Woodinville in league opener
December 9, 2010
By Bob Taylor
NEW — 2:45 p.m. Dec. 9, 2010
The veteran Issaquah High School girls basketball team, which has seven seniors on it, seemed to have some uncharacteristic jitters in the Eagles’ Wednesday 4A KingCo Conference opener at Woodinville. Issaquah had 10 turnovers in the first quarter and fell behind by as many as 14 points in the first half.
But the Eagles regained their composure in the second half and rallied for 70-56 victory.
Leading the way for Issaquah was newcomer Sabrina Norton, a 5-foot-10 junior. Norton, a transfer from Santa Monica, Calif., scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in her Issaquah debut.
Issaquah trailed 21-7 early in the second quarter but cut its deficit to five points by halftime after Taryn Holmes connected on a pair of 3-pointers.
Issaquah went on a 8-2 run early in the third quarter to surge ahead. The Eagles led by 11 at the end of the third period and never looked back.
Blaire Brady, Holmes and Maddey Pflaumer complemented Norton. Brady had 14 points and seven rebounds. Holmes had 13 points and Pflaumer, who got into foul trouble in the first half, finished with 12 points. She 10 of those points in the third quarter.
Brady Holmes and Pflaumer are among the top returning players on the Issaquah team, which finished sixth in last season’s 4A state tournament.
Woodinville was led by its twin 6-foot-1 towers, Melissa Gilkey and Ali Forde. Gilkey had 19 points and Forde chipped in 13.
In other 4A KingCo action, it was Roosevelt outlasting Skyline 49-47 in overtime; Inglemoor 68, Newport 47, and Eastlake 54, Ballard 33.
Skyline shot to a seven-point first quarter lead but saw it melt away over the next two quarters. The Spartans outscored host Roosevelt 12-10 in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. Megan Weideman led Skyline with 17 points and Michelle Bretl contributed 12.
Liberty Patriots top Bellevue Wolverines
The Liberty High School girls basketball team held off visiting Bellevue Wednesday to post a 50-48 3A/2A KingCo Conference victory.
Liberty, 2-0 in league play, shot to a 12-point first-quarter lead. However, Bellevue fought back to make the contest quite a thriller.
Danni Sjolander led Liberty with 17 points. Halie Ericksen added 12 points and Aspen Winegar had 10 points.
In other league games, it was Mercer Island 73, Sammamish 24; and Mount Si 56, Interlake 24.
Issaquah wrestlers top rival Skyline
Caleb Pearson, a 125-pounder, and Almen Thorpe, a 140-pounder, each had pins Wednesday as they led the host Issaquah High School wrestling team to a 32-28 4A KingCo Conference victory against rival Skyline.
Max Tickman, 112, and David Whi, 152, each posted major decisions for the Eagles.
Tristan Steciw, 119, and Cyrus Sorkosh, 189, each had pins for Skyline.