Issaquah, Skyline girls stay alive, meet for vital KingCo No. 3 berth

February 15, 2012

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 2012 

The Issaquah and Skyline High School girls basketball teams will meet once again and this time the stakes are even bigger. This time the outcome determines which team’s season continues.

Issaquah and Skyline meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Juanita High School to determine the KingCo Conference No. 3 berth. The winner of the loser-out game plays at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Western Conference No. 3 team for a berth in the Class 4A state regionals.

Both rivals stayed alive in the KingCo 4A Tournament Tuesday with victories at Juanita. Issaquah edged Inglemoor 66-65 while Skyline raced by Newport 50-32.

Issaquah fell behind by six points in the first quarter but fought back to earn a 31-31 halftime tie. The Eagles pulled ahead in the third quarter and held off Inglemoor in the final period to win the game.

Monica Landdeck, a 5-foot-8 sophomore guard, scored a season-high 25 points to lead the Eagles. Sabrina Norton contributed 12 points while Quincey Gibson and Mackenzie Wieburg each had 10 points. Kelly Conroy topped Inglemoor with 19 points.

Skyline, which won the KingCo Crest Division title this season, shot to a 10-6 first-quarter lead and steadily pulled away from Newport. The Spartans had a commanding 40-16 lead going into the final quarter. Megan Wiedeman led Skyline with 12 points. Haley Smith and Allie Wyszynski each had eight points.

Issaquah, 17-6 on the season, and Skyline, 16-7, split two games in January. Eagles won 52-51 on Jan. 6 and Skyline captured the rematch 37-32 on Jan. 31.

Patriots girls basketball team falls to tall Panthers

The Liberty High School girls basketball team fell to tall and talented Seattle Prep 58-38 Tuesday at Seattle’s Ingraham High in the Class 3A Sea-King District Tournament.

Seattle Prep was sparked by its strong combination of 6-foot-1 junior forward Nicole Hall and 6-2 junior center Michaela Carew. Hall scored a game-high 17 points and Carew had 15 points. Mary Ann Santucci, a 5-10 sophomore point guard, added 12 points for the Panthers.

Delane Agnew topped Liberty with nine points and Stephanie Yea had eight points. Seattle Prep held Liberty’s top scorers Aspen Winegar and Sierra Carlson to a combined 11 points.

Seattle Prep took control of the game early by going ahead 17-6 in the first quarter. The Panthers, 19-5 on the season, led 35-17 at halftime. With the victory, Seattle Prep earned a berth in next week’s Class 3A state regionals.

Liberty, 16-8 overall, will try to keep its regional hopes alive at 8:15 p.m. Friday when the Patriots meet KingCo Conference rival Juanita in a loser-out game at Bellevue College. Liberty and Juanita, the regular-season Kingco champion, split two games during the season. Liberty won at Juanita 51-38 on Dec. 9. Juanita won the rematch 58-46 at Liberty on Jan. 31.

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