Skyline High School girls’ hoop season ends in defeat

February 22, 2012

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Feb. 22, 2012

The Skyline High School girls basketball team looked like it was headed for an upset when the KingCo Conference entry had an 10-point halftime lead against host Stanwood.

However, third-ranked Stanwood rallied in the second half to post a 61-50 victory in a Wesco/KingCo loser-out playoff for a Class 4A Regional berth.

Skyline, which won the KingCo Crest Division title this season, finished with a 17-8 record.

It was a game where the team’s had the same mascots — both are Spartans.

The Skyline Spartans, sparked by Megan Wiedeman, jumped to a 16-10 first-quarter lead. Wiedeman scored seven of her game-high 13 points in the quarter. Skyline pushed its lead to 31-21 at halftime.

Stanwood, ignited by its home crowd, fought back to trail by just two points by the end of the third quarter. With 4:15 left in the game, Stanwood took its first lead since early in the first quarter when Samantha Kelleigh stole the ball from Skyline and passed it to teammate Jade Boreseth, who scored on a layin.

The teams traded baskets before Rachel Swartz hit a pair of free throws with just over two minutes to play to put Stanwood ahead for good.

Stanwood, which outscored Skyline 23-10 in the final quarter, made the most of its free-throw opportunities in the second half. Renee Lucero, who finished with 10 points, hit seven free throws in the final quarter for Stanwood.

Swartz led Stanwood with 12 points.

In addition to Wiedeman, Haley Smith scored 10 points and Morgan Farrar had seven points for Skyline.

Issaquah boys draw Mount Rainier

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team will play Mount Rainier at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Class 4A regional at Juanita. Mount Rainier enters the game as the No. 4 team from the West Central District.

In the second game, KingCo Conference 4A champion Garfield plays Kentwood at 8 p.m.

The winners of the games advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state tournament, which runs March 1-3 in the Tacoma Dome.

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