Season ends for Skyline boys, Issaquah girls

February 18, 2011

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 11 a.m. Feb. 18, 2011

The basketball seasons for the Skyline High School boys basketball team and the Issaquah girls team came to an end Thursday when both were eliminated in their respective 4A KingCo Conference tournaments at Juanita High School.

Skyline fell to Newport 53-46 in a loser-out game. Newport, 16-8, advances to a Feb. 22 playoff game against Lake Stevens or Arlington of the Western Conference. The winner of that game advances to the state tournament.

It looked too easy for Skyline early in the game when the Spartans shot to an 8-0 lead and held an 18-6 advantage going into the second quarter. However, Newport tightened its defense and fought back. The Knights went ahead 31-26 in the third quarter.

Kasen Williams topped Skyline with 10 points and seven rebounds. He sat out most of the second half because of foul trouble. Hunter Cikatz, Will Parker and Lucas Shannon each had eight points for the Spartans. Skyline, which tied for the Crest Division title this season, finished with a 14-10 record.

Isaac Dotson led Newport with 18 points.

In the girls tournament, Issaquah lost to Eastlake 64-61. Eastlake held a commanding 31-22 lead at halftime but Issaquah came back strong in the second half. The Eagles went head 57-56 with 1:21 left in the game but Lauren Files iced the game for Eastlake with a three-point play with 37 seconds left.

Sabrina Norton led Issaquah with 19 points and Maddey Pflaumer had 18 points. The Eagles had 25 turnovers. Issaquah, which won the Crest Division title this season, finished at 17-7.

Abby Carlson and Files each had 12 points to led Eastlake, 21-3. Eastlake will host Edmonds-Woodway or Marysville-Pilchuck Feb. 22 in a playoff for a state tournament berth.

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