Haley Smith honored at basketball tournament

January 15, 2013

Haley Smith, a senior wing/post for the Skyline girls basketball team, was named to the All Tournament Team at Coaches vs. Cancer tournament Dec. 27-29 in Palo Alto, Calif.

During her team’s three games, Smith scored a total of 42 points, 27 rebounds and seven assists. The Skyline Spartans won their first game 62-46 against the Lynbrook Vikings, of San Jose, Calif., on Dec. 27 but lost 55-53 the next day to Brea Olinda, of Brea, Calif.

The Spartans then returned Dec. 29 to edge out St. Francis, of Mountain View, Calif., 46-45 to take third place.

Ballard Beavers scorch Skyline Spartans in boys basketball, 49-41

January 8, 2013

Skyline junior Blake O’Brien works his way around Ballard’s defense in the Jan. 4 KingCo 4A game. By Lillian O’Rorke

The Skyline boys basketball team came out ready to start the new year off with a victory Jan. 4 in its first league game following winter break. But Ballard thwarted their plans, running away with a fourth quarter win, 49-41.

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Skyline girls basketball team nets win with OT buzzer beater

January 8, 2013

Skyline and Ballard put on a nail-biting show Jan. 4 when the two girls team went back and forth on the court, ending the fourth quarter in a 44-44 tie.

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Eagles girls basketball team falls to Roosevelt by one

January 8, 2013

It was parity Friday in KingCo 4A girls basketball Jan. 4 as Skyline visited Ballard and won a narrow 54-53 decision, while Issaquah traveled to Roosevelt and struggled against the Roughrider girls, losing 41-40 in regulation, to fall to 3-3 in league play.

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Issaquah boys basketball team roughs up Roosevelt

January 8, 2013

The Issaquah boys basketball squad reached the midway juncture in its campaign recently and was able to stay in the hunt by staving off a physical Roosevelt contingent on the road Jan. 4, winning 53-49 to escalate its KingCo 4A mark to 4-2.

“I was really pleased with the way our players adapted to Roosevelt’s physical style of play,” Issaquah head coach Jason Griffith said. “In our league, you have to be able to adjust to the several different styles and looks that your opponents throw at you. They enter the games with the idea of imposing their will on you. The Roughriders aren’t any different in that they play hard and make you earn everything you get.”

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Liberty Patriots sweep rival Lake Washington Kangs

January 8, 2013

Matthew Campbell, Liberty High School senior center, puts up two of his team-leading 19 points during the Patriots’ third quarter tear against Lake Washington on Jan. 4. By Greg Farrar

Students returned to school after winter break on Jan. 2, but coach Omar Parker’s Liberty boys basketball team didn’t see much of a layoff during the two-week respite.

In fact, the Patriots practiced on Christmas Eve and played in a tournament in Salem, Ore., just three days later.

“We practiced long and hard over the entire break,” Parker said.

The hard work definitely paid off for the Patriots, who soundly defeated Lake Washington, 64-44, in a Jan. 4 contest.

The Patriots shot out of the gate quickly on the way to an 18-10 lead after the first quarter. Liberty went on to extend the lead by one, heading into halftime, leading, 29-20.

The beginning of the second half, however, was a different story, as Lake Washington emerged from the locker room with what appeared to be a new sense of urgency. Just three minutes into the half, the Kangs cut Liberty’s lead to just one point.

At that point, the Liberty coach called a timeout to refocus the team.

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Issaquah Eagles rally for 59-51 win against Ballard Beavers

January 1, 2013

Just before the holiday break, the Issaquah High School boys basketball squad hosted a heavily favored Ballard squad and racked up a KingCo 4A triumph, bashing the Beavers, 59-51.

In the second half, Issaquah rallied to outscore Ballard, 36-23, and sail to an easy victory that escalated its league record to 3-2. Ryan Sexton and Ty Gibson combined for 29 points, most of which came in the second half.

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Skyline High School girls basketball team stays perfect

December 25, 2012

After ending the first half 12 points behind Dec. 19, the Skyline High School girls basketball team returned for a comeback and beat Woodinville, 56-53.

“The first half, we just weren’t playing with the same intensity that we have defensively,” head coach Greg Bruns said. “Every time we answered, they would knock down a three.”

When the Spartans entered the locker room down 29-17, the coach told them to step it up and take more pride in who they are. They did. Haley Smith came out in the third quarter to score 10 of her 14 game points; Alex Daugherty put five on the board, including a 3-pointer. Skyline swept the third quarter, 23-11.

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Matthew Campbell nets 18 in Liberty High School basketball loss

December 25, 2012

The Liberty High School boys basketball team went up against one of the top teams in the state when the Patriots hosted sixth-ranked Mercer Island on Dec. 18.

But despite a big game from Matthew Campbell, who scored 18 points, the Patriots fell to the Islanders, 75-59.

Liberty players Tynan Gilmore and Dayton Mackay also netted double-digit points, scoring 14 and 11 points, respectively.

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Eagles eke out victory over winless Spartans

December 18, 2012

Ty Gibson (5), Issaquah High School sophomore guard, collides with Skyline junior guard Jonah Eastern, who goes to the floor as Nels Thorsrud (left) looks on during their Dec. 14 matchup. By Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

Thousands of prep basketball fans jammed into Issaquah High School’s gymnasium Dec. 14 to witness the annual pre-holiday KingCo 4A hoopfest between winless Skyline and the 4-1 hosting Eagles, who pulled out a 49-48 nail-biter in regulation.

Skyline, seeking its initial victory, appeared to be well on its way to doing just that as the Spartans held a 24-19 advantage at intermission, behind the shooting of Jonah Eastern, who wound up being the leading scorer with 20 points.

“I told our guys in the locker room at the break, that if they wanted to win this game, they were going to have to earn it. It was apparent from the way that the Spartans were playing, that Skyline wasn’t going to just hand over the triumph to us. That is what this rivalry is all about, though. These battles with Skyline are almost always barnburners,” Issaquah head coach Jason Griffith said. “Ty Gibson, Jake Henke and Cory Nevin, among others, all really stepped up tonight in the fourth quarter especially, doing a better job of executing our sets and attacking the basket.”

Gibson and Henke were the top point getters in the showdown, combining for 32 points.

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