Issaquah girls basketball team stays alive in tournament

February 16, 2011

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 16, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team kept alive its hopes of landing a Class 4A State Tournament berth Tuesday with a 59-54 victory against Garfield in a loser-out game at the KingCo Tournament at Juanita High School.

Issaquah, 17-6, still needs to win two more games to earn a state tournament berth. The Eagles play Eastlake, 20-3, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Juanita in a game that determines the league’s No. 3 seed. The No. 3 seed plays a Western Conference team Feb. 22 for a berth in the state tournament.

The Eagles, smarting from a 58-55 overtime loss to rival Skyline Feb. 7, took control of their game with Garfield in the first quarter. Issaquah shot to an 18-8 lead and held a commanding 30-19 lead at halftime.

Maddey Pflaumer paced the Eagles with 17 points. Sabrina Norton added 13 points. Aimee Brakken and Mackenzie Schiltz each had seven points.

Eastlake stayed alive in the tournament with a 66-53 victory against Inglemoor. Kendra Morrison, of Eastlake, scored a game-high 21 points. Abby Carlson added 15 points.

Issaquah and Eastlake split two games during the regular season. The Eagles won 61-48 Jan. 8 and Eastlake captured the second game 60-57 Jan. 28.

The 4A KingCo girls title game between Skyline, 16-7, and Woodinville, 18-5, is 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Juanita. Both teams have qualified for the state tournament.

In the 4A KingCo boys tournament, Skyline stayed alive with a 57-50 victory against Woodinville in a loser-out game. The Spartans play Newport at 8:15 p.m. Thursday at Juanita. Newport ousted Redmond 42-41 in the other loser-out game. The Skyline-Newport winner plays Feb. 22 against Lake Stevens or Arlington for a state tournament berth.

Liberty girls basketball team falls to Lakeside

The Liberty High School girls basketball team lost to Lakeside 40-27 Tuesday in a 3A Sea-King District Tournament game at Chief Sealth High School.

Liberty, 16-9, led 17-14 at halftime but Lakeside stormed from behind in the third quarter to outscore the Patriots 18-6.

Danni Sjolander topped Liberty with 13 points. Aspen Winegar added seven points.

Liberty plays Juanita, 18-6, at 8:15 p.m. Friday at Bellevue College in a loser-out game. Juanita, the regular-season 3A KingCo Conference champion, defeated Liberty twice during the regular season. However, the Patriots defeated Juanita 53-44 Feb. 8 in the KingCo tournament.

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