Issaquah Eagles avenge loss to Newport Knights, 54-51

February 5, 2013

Cory Nevin (right), Issaquah High School junior wing, trying to put back a rebound from his first shot, is fouled by Newport senior forward Isaac Dotson during the first quarter of their Feb. 1 basketball game. By Greg Farrar

Cory Nevin (right), Issaquah High School junior wing, trying to put back a rebound from his first shot, is fouled by Newport senior forward Isaac Dotson during the first quarter of their Feb. 1 basketball game. By Greg Farrar

In the early stages of the season, Issaquah High School boys basketball coach Jason Griffith predicted that it may take a while for his young squad to jell, but when it did, the product that the Eagles put on the parquet would be entertaining.

On Feb. 1, when the Newport hoopsters hit the hardwood at the Eagles Nest, Issaquah did not disappoint in that regard, as it eventually found the chink in the Knight’s armor and was able to win, 54-51.

Issaquah was seeking vengeance for a 48-47 loss to Newport on Jan. 11, when the Eagles experienced a middle-quarter sag, a problem they have been struggling to remedy all season.

The Eagles bolted out of the gate quickly in that game, outscoring the home team 16-7 in the initial frame. In the second and third quarters, Issaquah scored only 14 points.

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Liberty basketball teams combine for perfect week

January 29, 2013

The Liberty High School boys and girls basketball teams combined to go a perfect 4-0 last week against both Interlake and Lake Washington.

Liberty girls struck first, defeating Interlake, 57-31, on Jan. 23. The Patriots went into halftime down to the Saints, 28-27, but a second half Liberty defensive surge saw to it that Interlake would score only three more points the rest of the game.

The Liberty boys beat Interlake, 72-61, in a game that remained relatively close until the Patriot offense emerged with a 28-point third quarter.

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Issaquah girls basketball team gives Skyline a scare, then loses

January 29, 2013

When two squads lock horns in an intense local rivalry, especially when the moon is as full as it was Jan. 25, hovering over Skyline High School like a spotlight, one should always expect the unexpected.

That was exactly the spectacle that those fans assembled in the Skyline gymnasium beheld recently when a feisty 10-4 Issaquah girls basketball bunch invaded the 12-2 Spartans’ fortress and nearly upset the vaunted Skyline cagers on the road, but instead succumbed to the pressure of being the visitor in hostile territory to and eventually lost 48-45.

“We definitely came into their house with a chip on our shoulder,” admitted Issaquah junior dynamo Mandie Hill, who leads the KingCo 4A in scoring, averaging a sweet 16 points per contest.

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Skyline crushes winless Garfield girls basketball team

January 15, 2013

The Jan. 11 basketball game being hosted by the KingCo 4A Crown Division-leading 8-1 Skyline girl cagers, which featured winless Garfield as the guests, was like a train wreck. As a hoop humanitarian you wanted to look away, but morbid curiosity prevented you from doing so.

The lopsided result of the mismatch was a 67-17 onslaught in favor of the Skyline girls in the green-and-white uniforms, and the silver lining in the massacre was the fact that every single player on the Skyline bench got plenty of minutes on the hardwood.

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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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