Liberty girls advance to basketball regionals

February 25, 2014

The Liberty High School girls basketball team isn’t ready to head home just yet.

The Patriots’ season will continue after a Feb. 22 double-overtime win against Holy Names earned them a spot in the 16-team regional tournament.

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Eastlake eliminates Issaquah in girls hoops

February 25, 2014

A big first-half deficit proved too much for the Issaquah High School girls basketball team to overcome, and it ended the Eagles’ season Feb. 18.

Issaquah trailed 12-1 after one quarter, 29-10 at halftime, and a 24-point fourth quarter wasn’t enough as the Eagles lost to the Eastlake Wolves, 53-48, in the Class 4A KingCo Conference girls basketball tournament at Juanita High School in Kirkland.

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Liberty girls take third at KingCo tournament

February 18, 2014

The scoreboard painted a bleak picture after the first quarter of the Liberty High School girls basketball team’s Feb. 13 contest against Juanita.

The Patriots managed just two points in the first eight minutes of play, while the Rebels racked up 15.

By Greg Farrar Sierra Carlson, Liberty High School senior guard, with a team-high 14 points, leaves the court smiling at the end of the Patriots’ come-from-way-behind, 44-33 win against Juanita in their 3A KingCo Conference tournament game Feb. 13 at Bellevue College.

By Greg Farrar
Sierra Carlson, Liberty High School senior guard, with a team-high 14 points, leaves the court smiling at the end of the Patriots’ come-from-way-behind, 44-33 win against Juanita in their 3A KingCo Conference tournament game Feb. 13 at Bellevue College.

Shots just weren’t falling for Liberty in the first quarter of the game that determined third place in the KingCo tournament. It was a struggle, senior captain Sierra Carlson admitted, to remain resolute as the misses just accumulated.

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Woodinville bottles up Eagles’ top scorers

February 18, 2014

It was a simple but effective formula that wound up being the difference in Woodinville’s victory over Issaquah in a Feb. 12 girls basketball playoff game.

By Greg Farrar Mackenzie Wieburg, Issaquah High School senior guard, has a shot rejected in the fourth quarter by Woodinville junior Keenae Tiersma Feb. 12 in the 49-55 4A KingCo Conference tournament loss at Bellevue College.

By Greg Farrar
Mackenzie Wieburg, Issaquah High School senior guard, has a shot rejected in the fourth quarter by Woodinville junior Keenae Tiersma Feb. 12 in the 49-55 4A KingCo Conference tournament loss at Bellevue College.

Senior guards Mandie Hill and Mackenzie Wieburg supply the bulk of Issaquah’s offense, and visiting Woodinville was able to collar them for the vast majority of the teams’ first-round clash in the Class 4A KingCo Conference tournament.

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Eagles scorch nets, Wolves in KingCo hoops

February 11, 2014

For fans of the jump shot, the first half of Issaquah High School’s Feb. 5 basketball game at Eastlake was a beautiful thing to witness.

The Eagles were on fire from 3-point range, sinking seven shots, and were just as good from other parts of the court, shooting 78 percent overall in the first half. They closed the game on a similar hot streak, and wrapped up a 78-59 victory against the Wolves in Class 4A KingCo Conference girls basketball action.

By Greg Farrar Mandie Hill, Issaquah High School senior guard, shoots two of her season-high and game-leading 34 points as two Eastlake players defend, during a fourth-quarter point surge by the Eagles in their Feb. 5 basketball game.

By Greg Farrar
Mandie Hill, Issaquah High School senior guard, shoots two of her season-high and game-leading 34 points as two Eastlake players defend, during a fourth-quarter point surge by the Eagles in their Feb. 5 basketball game.

Issaquah had already sewed up a home game in the first round of the KingCo tournament Feb. 12, but it added a convincing win over an Eastlake squad that has been ranked among the state’s top 10 most of the season.

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Two much eagles

February 4, 2014

Senior guard duo rallies Issaquah girls past Skyline

By Greg FaRRAR Mackenzie Wieburg (right), Issaquah High School senior guard, busy at both ends of the court during the fourth quarter, rejects a shot by Skyline’s Bryn deVita, as the score swung 10 points and the Eagles won, 57-51, against the Spartans on Jan. 31.

By Greg Farrar
Mackenzie Wieburg (right), Issaquah High School senior guard, busy at both ends of the court during the fourth quarter, rejects a shot by Skyline’s Bryn deVita, as the score swung 10 points and the Eagles won, 57-51, against the Spartans on Jan. 31.

Mandie Hill and Mackenzie Wieburg had been held in check most of the game, but they made their presence felt when the Issaquah Eagles reached crunch time.

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Patriots hit a wall with pair of losses as regular season comes to a close

February 4, 2014

It’s been nothing but smooth sailing this season for the 14-5 Liberty girls basketball team, but things got a little rocky just a week before the end of the season.

It began with a 53-45 loss to Mercer Island on Jan. 29, and continued with a 55-36 defeat at the hands of a determined Bellevue team Jan. 31. The Islanders and the Wolverines were both teams the Patriots beat earlier in the season

By Christina Corrales-Toy Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School freshman, leaps for an offensive rebound in the Patriots’ 55-36 loss to Bellevue on Jan. 31.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School freshman, leaps for an offensive rebound in the Patriots’ 55-36 loss to Bellevue on Jan. 31.

“Hopefully, we’ve got this rough stretch out of the way,” Liberty coach Curtis Terry said. “I’d rather get it out now than in the playoffs, when it’s do or die.”

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ONE TWO-PUNCH

January 21, 2014

Liberty teams sweep Sammamish

Danielle Demps, Liberty High School junior guard, runs full court with a turnover and scores two of her game-high 13 points, as a bleacher full of classmates looks on during the third quarter Jan. 17 in a 54-28 win against Sammamish. By Greg Farrar

Danielle Demps, Liberty High School junior guard, runs full court with a turnover and scores two of her game-high 13 points, as a bleacher full of classmates looks on during the third quarter Jan. 17 in a 54-28 win against Sammamish. By Greg Farrar

If you scoured the 3A state girls basketball rankings at the beginning of the season, you wouldn’t find Liberty High School mentioned on any lists.

The Patriots weren’t even considered in the same class as KingCo 3A/2A league foes Juanita and Bellevue. It’s understandable — this group, with virtually the same roster, went 13-11 last year, good for fourth in the conference.

The Patriots girls basketball team is quickly turning heads across the state, though, with big wins over ranked opponents Everett, Bellevue and previously unbeaten Juanita.

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Spartans boys lose to Wolves on ‘Money’ shot

January 21, 2014

The play is called “Money,” and Davis Woerner made sure it was worth every cent.

Needing a clutch shot late in regulation, Eastlake High School boys basketball coach Brian Dailey drew up a play for Woerner, the Wolves’ 6-foot-6 senior forward, who has exceptional range for a player of his size.

Woerner sank a 3-pointer from the left corner, tying the score late in the fourth quarter, and visiting Eastlake went on to defeat rival Skyline, 81-76, in overtime in a Jan. 14 Class 4A KingCo Conference contest.

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Eastlake engineers second-half surge to down Skyline girls

January 21, 2014

Maggie Douglas (44), Eastlake High School senior post, reaches in trying to strip the ball from Skyline senior post Bryn deVita during the first quarter of their Jan. 15 basketball game. By Greg Farrar

Maggie Douglas (44), Eastlake High School senior post, reaches in trying to strip the ball from Skyline senior post Bryn deVita during the first quarter of their Jan. 15 basketball game. By Greg Farrar

With her team trailing by three points at halftime, and facing the possibility of their first loss in conference play, Eastlake High School coach Sara Goldie implored her team to get back to the basics.

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