Skyline boys basketball team wraps up Crest Division title

February 1, 2012

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Feb. 1, 2012 

The Skyline High School boys basketball team wrapped up the KingCo Conference 4A regular season Crest Division title Tuesday when the Spartans defeated visiting Issaquah 46-39.

Skyline, which has two games left to play, boosted its league record to 11-1. The Spartans have a three-game lead on second-place Redmond.

Issaquah, 5-7, remained in a tie with Newport for third place in the Crest Division. Skyline, Issaquah and Newport all advance to next week’s KingCo 4A tournament.

Skyline shot to a 13-9 first quarter lead but Issaquah rallied in the second period to hold a 21-16 halftime advantage. The Spartans outscored Issaquah 16-5 in the third quarter to take the lead for good.

Lucas Shannon scored 16 points to lead Skyline. Hunter Cikatz contributed nine points, and Bryan Cikatz and Jonah Eastern each had eight points.

Nick Price topped Issaquah with 16 points. Fletcher Martin added seven points.

In other KingCo 4A action, it was Garfield 75, Ballard 57; Roosevelt 51, Woodinville 29; Redmond 72, Newport 63; and Bothell 58, Inglemoor 56.

Liberty boys basketball team overcomes Juanita

The Liberty High School boys basketball team has often fallen into a big hole in the first quarter this season, then fought valiantly to get out only to lose in the end. However, it was a different story Tuesday for the Patriots. After falling behind by 10 points to visiting Juanita, the Patriots continued to fight back and emerged with a 58-51 KingCo Conference 3A/2A victory.

With the win, Liberty, 4-9, locked up a berth in next week’s KingCo 3A tournament.

Juanita led 15-5 after the first quarter and the Rebels were still on top 29-28 at halftime. Liberty though, outscored Juanita 14-8 in the third quarter to go ahead. Unlike some other games this season, the Patriots stayed ahead to win the game.

Tynan Gilmore, of Liberty, scored a game-high 20 points. BJ Demps added 10 points and Ben Wessell had nine points. Ty Eng and Landyn Milburn each had 10 points to lead Juanita.

Skyline girls take over first again

The Skyline High School girls basketball team took over sole ownership of first place in the KingCo Conference 4A Crest Division Tuesday when the Spartans topped visiting Issaquah 37-32 in a defensive battle.

Skyline, 9-3, took a one-game lead over Issaquah, which dropped to second at 8-4. The Spartans play at Eastlake, which is 7-4, Feb. 1 in a key game. Skyline concludes its season Feb. 3 against winless Bothell.

Skyline held a 11-10 lead after the first quarter but Issaquah rallied to grab a 17-15 halftime lead. Skyline pulled away in the third quarter by outscoring Issaquah 13-8.

Megan Wiedeman, of Skyline, led all players with 12 points. Susie Tinker contributed eight points as Skyline avenged a loss to Issaquah last month.

Sabrina Norton led Issaquah with eight points. The Eagles have two games left, hosting Ballard Feb. 2 and playing at Newport on Saturday.

Juanita ends Liberty title hopes

Juanita ended the Liberty High School girls basketball team’s hopes of at least getting a share of the regular-season KingCo Conference 3A/2A title Tuesday when the visiting Rebels won 51-38.

The Rebels jumped to an 17-12 first quarter lead and stayed in front for good. Kate Cryderman, a 6-foot-1 center, led the Rebels with 18 points. Juanita took a half-game lead over idle Lake Washington, which has two games left to play.

Aspen Winegar had 10 points and Sierra Carlson eight points to pace the Patriots, who will enter next week’s conference tournament as the No. 3 team.

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