Skyline girls top Issaquah, earn KingCo No. 3 seed

February 21, 2012

By Staff

Ty Gibson, Issaquah freshman guard, is fouled by Garfield forward Trey Williams during a furious third-quarter comeback at the 4A KingCo championship. By Greg Farrar

Local girls basketball fans always know it will be a battle down to the wire when the Skyline and Issaquah High School teams meet.

And, the third meeting of the season between the rivals was no exception. After an intense first half, Skyline pulled away in the final quarter Feb. 16 to beat Issaquah 47-41 in a loser-out game in the KingCo Conference 4A Tournament at Juanita High School.

With the victory, Skyline captured the KingCo No. 3 berth. The Spartans, 17-7, played at Stanwood, the Western Conference No. 3 entry, Feb. 21 in a playoff for a Class 4A Regional berth. The winner of the game advances to the regional at Auburn Feb. 25 and plays a team from District 3 or District 4 at 4 p.m.

In the first contest on Jan. 6 between Issaquah and Skyline, the Eagles held on for a 52-51 victory. In the Jan. 31 rematch, Skyline rallied in the second half to win 37-32.

In the third meeting, Issaquah held a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. The teams were deadlocked at 20-all at halftime. The contest stayed close through the third quarter. In the final period, Skyline outscored Issaquah 15-11 to win the contest.

Rachel Shim and Megan Wiedeman each had nine points to lead the Spartans. Morgan Farrar and Allie Wyszynski each contributed eight points.

Issaquah’s Sabrina Norton led all players with 15 points. Mandie Hill added nine points and Monica Landdeck eight points for Issaquah, which ended the season at 17-7.

Both teams reached this crucial game after winning loser-out contests Feb. 14. Issaquah nipped Inglemoor 66-65 and 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. Landdeck, a 5-foot-8 sophomore guard, scored a season-high 25 points to lead the Eagles. 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. Wiedeman led Skyline with 12 points. Haley Smith and Wyszynski each had eight points.

In other tournament action, Woodinville defeated Eastlake 54-48 on Feb. 17 in the KingCo 4A title game at Juanita. Woodinville broke open a tight game in the final period by outscoring Eastlake 19-5. Mackenzie Campbell, of Woodinville, led all players with 19 points. Kendra Morrison topped Eastlake with 14 points. Both teams advance to the Class 4A regional Feb. 25 at Juanita.

Liberty season ends

Liberty got off a strong start Feb. 17 but Juanita stormed back to win 74-48 in a Class 3A Sea-King District Tournament loser-out game at Bellevue College.

Liberty ended the season with a 16-9 record.

It was the third meeting of the season between the KingCo Conference foes. Liberty won the first game 51-38 on Dec. 9. Juanita, the KingCo regular-season champion, took the rematch 58-46 on Jan. 31.

The Patriots looked like they might pull off an upset. Liberty led 15-8 at the end of the first quarter and was ahead 33-30 at halftime. However, the third quarter proved disastrous for the Patriots, who were outscored 22-1. Liberty never recovered as Juanita pulled away for the victory.

Sierra Carlson and Aspen Winegar each had 10 points to lead the Patriots. Alicia Abraham added eight points. Juanita’s Kate Cryderman scored a game-high 20 points.

On Feb. 14, fell to tall and talented Seattle Prep 58-38 Feb. 14 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 Winegar and 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 led 35-17 at halftime.

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