Skyline boys hold off Redmond in KingCo 4A thriller

January 26, 2012

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 9 a.m. Jan. 26, 2012

Skyline High School senior guard Will Parker hit four free throws in the final 22 seconds Tuesday as the No. 3-ranked Spartans held off No. 4 Redmond 60-56 in a KingCo Conference 4A Crest Division boys basketball showdown.

The host Spartans boosted their division-leading record to 8-1 while Redmond dropped to 6-3 and remained in second place.

Skyline got off to a hot start and led by seven points after the first quarter. The Spartans held the lead at halftime. However, Redmond rallied in the third quarter to take a brief lead. Jason Harrington, of Redmond, scored 11 of his game-high 25 points in the third quarter to spark the Mustangs.

Skyline regained the lead in the final quarter and stayed in front down the stretch.

Parker led Skyline with 23 points.

In other KingCo 4A action, Woodinville stunned Crown Division-leading Garfield 60-58, and it was Inglemoor 67, Ballard 56; Newport 85, Eastlake 67; and Bothell 63, Roosevelt 62.

Patriots give spirited effort against Mercer Island

The Liberty High School boys basketball team made a big third quarter comeback Tuesday but it was not enough as the Patriots fell to visiting Mercer Island 53-45 in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A game.

Mercer Island, a perennial KingCo power and currently battling for first place, looked like it might coast to a victory when the Islanders held a 27-16 first-half lead. However, the Patriots stunned Mercer Island in the third quarter by outscoring the Islanders 21-10 to tie the game.

The Islanders overcame Liberty 18-8 in the final period to win the contest.

Joe Rasmussen led Mercer Island with 14 points. The Islanders went to 7-2 in league play and 12-4 on the season. Mercer Island is tied with Lake Washington and Sammamish for second place in the standings. All are just one game behind first-place Bellevue.

Liberty’s Jordan West led all players with 15 points. Robbie Thomas added 12 points and BJ Demps 10 for the Patriots, who dropped to 2-7 in league play and 7-8 on the season.

In other league action, it was Juanita 55, Mount Si 41 and Lake Washington 79, Sammamish 63.

Issaquah girls cruise by Redmond

Mandie Hill scored a game-high 20 points and Monica Landdeck contributed 11 points Tuesday as the Issaquah High School girls basketball team raced by visiting Redmond 68-42 in a KingCo Conference 4A contest.

Sabrina Norton and Mackenzie Wieburg each added eight points for the Eagles, who are 6-3 in league play and 11-4 overall.

Lauren Bogard and Kelsey Dunn each had 11 points to lead Redmond.

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