Liberty girls shock Lake Washington to reach KingCo title game

February 8, 2012

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 2012

Aspen Winegar and Sierra Carlson hit clutch fourth-quarter shots Tuesday as they led the Liberty High School girls basketball team to a 42-41 upset victory against second-seeded Lake Washington in the KingCo Conference 3A tournament semifinals at Bellevue College.

Liberty, 16-6, will meet Bellevue at 8:15 p.m. Thursday for the KingCo title at Bellevue College. Bellevue surprised Juanita, the regular-season league champion, 52-50 in overtime in the other semifinal.

The Patriots had lost twice to Lake Washington during the regular season. Although Liberty got off to a promising start in the third meeting by shooting to a 17-10 first-quarter lead, the Patriots had to battle from behind to pull out the upset.

Lake Washington led 23-22 at halftime and held 32-26 lead going into the final quarter. Liberty outscored Lake Washington 16-9 in the final period.

In the final minutes of the game, Winegar hit a key 3-point field goal and Carlson followed with the game-winning basket to cap Liberty’s rally.

Winegar finished with a game-high 13 points and Carlson had 11 points. Hunter Hopkins and Cassie Lively each had 11 points for Lake Washington.

Kate Holmes had 17 points to lead Bellevue in its victory against Juanita. Kate Cryderman, of Juanita, had a game-high 27 points. Juanita plays Lake Washington at 4:45 p.m. Thursday for third place in the tournament.

Liberty and Bellevue split two games during the regular season. The Patriots won in December 50-47 and Bellevue won the rematch 47-27 in January.

Issaquah boys upset Roosevelt, Skyline falls to Bothell

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team pulled off a mild upset Tuesday in the opening round of the KingCo Conference 4A Tournament when the Eagles downed host Roosevelt, 49-38.

Issaquah, 13-8 overall, plays Bothell at 8:15 p.m. Friday in the semifinals at Juanita High School. Bothell topped Skyline, the Crest Division champion, 63-60. Redmond plays Garfield at 6:30 p.m. in the other semifinal game.

Roosevelt, which defeated Issaquah 63-55 on Jan. 28, led 13-6 after the first quarter. However, Issaquah stormed back in the second quarter to hold a 22-18 halftime lead. After a tight third quarter, Issaquah wrapped up the contest in the final period by outscoring Roosevelt 15-9.

Nick Price led Issaquah with 12 points and Brian Watson contributed 11 points. Roosevelt’s Joe Knight led all players with 21 points.

In the only meeting between Issaquah and Bothell this season, the Eagles prevailed 79-68 on Jan. 10.

Zach LaVine, the conference’s scoring leader, tallied a game-high 27 points and teammate Perrian Callandret chipped in 19 points as Bothell avenged a loss to Skyline. On Feb. 3, Skyline defeated Bothell 65-61 in an overtime thriller at Skyline.

Will Parker scored 20 points to lead the Spartans and Lucas Shannon had 16 points.

Skyline plays Roosevelt at 4:45 p.m. Friday at Juanita in loser-out game.

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