Seasons end for Issaquah School District basketball teams

February 25, 2011

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 25, 2011

The basketball seasons for the Skyline High School boys basketball team, the girls teams for Issaquah and Liberty came to an end last week when all three were eliminated in post-season tournaments.

The Skyline boys fell to Newport 53-46 Feb. 17 in a loser-out game in the 4A KingCo tournament at Juanita.

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.

Isaac Dotson, of Newport, led all players with 18 points. Newport, 16-8, advanced to a Tuesday playoff game against Arlington of the Western Conference. The winner of that game advances to the state tournament.

Skyline, which had dropped in the losers’ bracket the previous week, defeated Woodinville 57-50 Feb. 15. The Spartans pulled away in the final quarter by outscoring Woodinville 19-12. Williams led all players with 24 points.

Skyline, which tied for the Crest Division title this season, finished with a 14-10 record.

In the 4A KingCo girls tournament at Juanita, Issaquah lost to Eastlake 64-61 Feb. 17. 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.

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

Issaquah, which lost to rival Skyline 58-55 in overtime the previous week in the KingCo tournament, defeated Garfield 59-54 Feb. 15.

The Eagles 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.

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

Issaquah, which won the Crest Division title this season, finished at 17-7.
Liberty lost two games last week in the 3A Sea-King District Tournament at Bellevue College. The Patriots fell to Lakeside 40-27 Feb. 15 and were eliminated by Juanita 53-41 Feb. 18.

In the Lakeside game, Liberty held a 17-14 lead at halftime. However, Lakeside blew out the Patriots 18-6 in the third quarter to go ahead for good. Danni Sjolander led the Patriots with 13 points. Aspen Winegar added seven points.

The loss to Lakeside dropped Liberty into the consolation bracket, meaning the Patriots needed to win two games to earn a state tournament berth. However, Juanita ended Liberty’s state tournament hopes. Juanita, the 3A KingCo Conference regular-season champion, went up by eight points in the first quarter and stayed in front for the duration of the game. Sjolander paced Liberty with 12 points. Delane Agnew contributed nine points. Halie Ericksen and Winegar each had eight points.

Liberty finished the season with a 16-10 record.

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