Liberty girls basketball team finishes third in KingCo

February 3, 2012

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3, 2012

The Liberty High School girls basketball team bounced back from two tough losses earlier this week to defeat visiting Mount Si 57-46 Thursday in the Patriots’ final regular-season contest.

Liberty finished third in the KingCo Conference 3A/2A standings with a 10-4 record. The Patriots, 14-6 overall, host Mercer Island at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in the opening round of the league tournament.

The Patriots, who lost to co-leaders Lake Washington and Juanita earlier in the week, shot to a 17-12 first-quarter lead against Mount Si and never looked back. Liberty held a commanding 27-17 halftime lead on Senior Night.

Appropriately for the Patriots, seniors played a major part in the victory. Senior Aspen Winegar scored a game-high 17 points. Seniors Stephanie Year, Megan Tsutakawa and Morgan Safley contributed nine, seven and three points respectively. Sophomore Sierra Carlson added 16 points.

Shelby Peerboom led Mount Si with 14 points.

Issaquah, Liberty host wrestling tournaments

Issaquah and Liberty high schools will host the KingCo Conference wrestling tournaments Friday and Saturday.

Issaquah holds the KingCo 4A tournament. This is the first time Issaquah has hosted the tournament. Competition on Friday begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday matches start at 10 a.m. with the championship round set for 5:30 p.m..

Liberty will again host the KingCo 3A tournament. Friday action starts at 3 p.m. with Saturday competition set to begin at 10 a.m. The championship round will start at 5 p.m.

KingCo swim meet starts

The KingCo Conference swimming and diving championships are set for Friday and Saturday. Swimmers from all KingCo schools, including 4A, 3A and 2A will compete in the two-day event.

Swimming competition will be at the University of Washington. Session 1 begins at 2 p.m. Mercer Island, Bellevue, Ballard, Roosevelt, Woodinville, Juanita, Lake Washington, Inglemoor and Bothell will compete in this round. Session 2 starts at 6:30 p.m. Garfield, Newport, Issaquah, Interlake, Redmond, Skyline, Eastlake, Liberty and Sammamish will compete in this round.

The final round on Saturday is set for 3:45 p.m.

Diving competition begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Juanita.

KingCo gymnastics championships at Roosevelt

The Kingco Conference gymnastics championships are Saturday at Seattle’s Roosevelt High School. Gymnasts from all KingCo schools, 4A through 2A, will compete in the event.

KingCo 3A championships start at 10:15 a.m. Liberty will compete in the KingCo 3A competition.

The KingCo 4A championships have two sessions. Issaquah competes with Woodinville, Ballard, Bothell, Redmond and Inglemoor at 2:30 p.m. The final session of the day at 4:15 p.m. consists of Skyline, Eastlake, Newport, Garfield and Roosevelt.

Liberty boys place fifth in KingCo

The Liberty High School boys basketball team ended up fifth in the KingCo Conference 3A/2A standings Thursday when the Patriots defeated host Mount Si 53-42. After a 27-all halftime tie, Liberty grabbed a six-point lead in the third quarter and steadily pulled away in the fourth period.

The Patriots had one of their best all-around games in terms of balanced scoring as four players hit in double figures. Robbie Thomas paced the Patriots with 17 points. BJ Demps and Tynan Gilmore each had 11 points, and Jordan West contributed 10 points.

Ryan Atkinson topped Mount Si with 15 points.

Liberty finished league play with a 5-9 record. The Patriots, 10-10 overall, will play at either at Sammamish or Mercer Island Feb. 6 in the first round of the KingCo 3A Tournament.

Issaquah girls blow out Ballard

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team won its home finale Thursday by blowing out Ballard 60-30 in a KingCo Conference 4A contest.

Issaquah concludes its regular season Saturday at Newport.

The Eagles, 9-4 in the Crest Division, will likely finish second despite being a game behind first-place Skyline. The Spartans should win their Friday home game against winless Bothell to secure the Crest Division’s No. 1 spot.

Issaquah shot to a 13-5 first quarter lead and held a commanding 28-15 halftime advantage.

Sophomore Mandie Hill led the Eagles with 11 points. Quincey Gibson and Monica Landdeck each had 10 points for Issaquah.

Issaquah, 14-5 overall, enters the KingCo Tournament Feb. 8 and could host a first-round game at 7:30 p.m.

Issaquah boys fall short to Ballard

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team kept battling all night but ended up short Thursday when the Eagles lost to visiting Ballard 67-65 in a KingCo Conference 4A contest.

Ballard jumped to a 18-14 first-quarter lead and led by five points at halftime. Issaquah made a valiant charge in the fourth quarter but could not overcome Ballard.

Issaquah, 5-8 in league play, concludes its regular season Saturday at Newport.

Senior Nick Price, playing his final home game, led the Eagles and all players with 27 points. Fletcher Martin, also a senior, scored 11 points.

Ballard’s John Verduin had 22 points.

Issaquah, 11-8 overall, enters KingCo 4A tournament Feb. 7 and will play at Woodinville or Roosevelt.

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