Eagles win 52-51 after buzzer-beating shot is waived off
January 10, 2012
By Christopher Huber
Skyline High School basketball players and coaches might still be talking about Megan Wiedeman’s near-buzzer-beating shot Jan. 6 against host Issaquah.
Wiedeman, the Spartans’ standout senior post, almost won the game at literally the last second in the packed Issaquah High School gymnasium. She made the 22-footer, but the officials ruled it no good after it rolled off of her fingertips just a split second after time expired.
“I thought we won,” Skyline coach Greg Bruns said.
So did Skyline’s fans. The last-second theatrics sent both student sections into an uproar. But as quickly as Skyline’s fans thought their team had executed a textbook come-from-behind victory, the Eagles’ faithful ultimately reveled in the victory over its district rival.
Issaquah improved to 3-3 in KingCo Conference 4A and 8-4 overall after it won, 52-51. The Eagles remain in third place behind Skyline (4-2, 7-5) in the Crest Division standings. The loss knocked the Spartans out of a tie with Eastlake for first place.
“I was just trying to get the shot off,” Wiedeman said after the game. “I didn’t really know the time.”
Issaquah got off to a strong start, pressing hard on defense and frustrating the Skyline offense throughout the first half.
The Eagles controlled the tempo and went up 15-10 after the first, at one point leading 13-2. Quincey Gibson, Issaquah’s sophomore point guard, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put Issaquah up 24-12 in the second quarter. The Spartans scored 12 points that quarter but still trailed 29-22 at halftime.
After Issaquah lost to Garfield, 58-55, Jan. 4, the girls resolved to refocus on their team’s defensive strength, Eagles coach Kathy Gibson said.
The key was “making plays on defense, for us,” she said. “After the Garfield loss, we’ve got to get back to defense. And I thought we did a pretty darn good job.”
Skyline came out in the second half with a new energy on defense and ended up narrowing the deficit to one point by the end of the third quarter. Skyline junior guard Rachel Shim put the Spartans up 37-35 after hitting a buzzer-beater and a free throw shot. That play proved a pivotal point.
“It pumped up the team a lot. That’s what got us going,” Shim said.
Shim finished with 12 points, while Wiedeman led all scorers with 16.
Quincey Gibson, daughter of the Issaquah coach, topped the Eagles with 12 points, coming on four 3-point field goals. Teammate Aimee Brakken scored 11 points, and Mandie Hill and Monica Landdeck each had nine points.
Despite a slow third quarter, on both sides of the ball, the Eagles managed to step up their defense in the fourth quarter, causing Skyline to scramble at the last second.
“I think we just played really well as a team,” Quincey Gibson said. “Contain on defense and don’t foul. We just wanted to get the win.”
Skyline blows out Ballard
Skyline raced off to a 20-10 first-quarter lead Jan. 4 and coasted to a KingCo 4A 65-42 victory against host Ballard.
Susie Tinker scored a season-high 20 points to lead Skyline and all players. Wiedeman and Allie Wyszynski each had 10 points for the Spartans.
Skyline led 30-19 at halftime and steadily pulled away from Ballard. Cailey Beckett topped Ballard with 15 points.
Issaquah meanwhile lost to host Garfield, 58-55. Garfield led 16-14 at the end of the first quarter and the contest remained close the rest of the way. Garfield’s Nyasha Sarju scored a game-high 29 points.
Hill led Issaquah with 17 points. Mackenzie Wieburg contributed 11 points and Ngozi Monu added nine points for the Eagles.
Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or email@example.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.