(Nick) Price is right for KingCo 4A all-league team

February 28, 2012

A year after getting almost ignored by KingCo Conference 4A coaches on the all-league team, Issaquah High School senior Nick Price was not overlooked this season.

Price earned first-team all-KingCo honors this time when the all-league team was announced. Once again, Price has impressive statistics. He ranked third in KingCo scoring by averaging 19.7 points per game. Price also helped lead the Eagles to the KingCo 4A title game and a Class 4A regional berth.

“I was real happy for him,” Issaquah coach Jason Griffith said.

As a junior, Price earned honorable mention despite being the top scorer in the Crest Division. This time, he was one of three candidates for the league’s Most Valuable Player award.

“He was unanimous all-KingCo. His play and leadership was respected by all coaches,” Griffith said.

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Skyline High School girls’ hoop season ends in defeat

February 22, 2012

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.

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Sluggish start dooms Eagles to 62-51 loss in championship game

February 21, 2012

It wasn’t where Nick Price wanted to be.

After the Issaquah High School Eagles were only able to string together 16 points in the first half of the KingCo Conference 4A boys championship game Feb. 17 against Garfield, he was saddled with early foul trouble and was forced to the sidelines for the majority of the third quarter.

Issaquah rallied for an 18-9 run to bring the game within 10 points in the third, but the Eagles lost the contest 62-51 at Juanita High School.

“It’s always a factor when your best player gets into foul trouble, but at the same time the other kids and the younger guys stepped up,” Issaquah coach Jason Griffith said. “That’s when we went on a run. When Nick came back in, he played more like Nick.”

He credited the Bulldogs’ strength as the best offensive rebounding team in the league — a major factor as Garfield took the lead by as many as 21 points in the first half.

“We had a hard time getting into the rhythm,” he said. “We were forcing shots and we didn’t really play to our strengths, which is getting to the rim, making the extra pass and playing good defense.”

Griffith said he knew his team had the talent and dedication to end up in the championship game early on in the season.

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Win over Bothell propels Issaquah into KingCo title date with Garfield

February 14, 2012

Issaquah High School senior guard Nick Price is fouled by Bothell sophomore forward Kellen Webster during the second quarter of the KingCo 4A semifinal game. By Greg Farrar

The current and future generations of Issaquah High School basketball stars were in top form Feb. 10 at Juanita High School.

Senior Nick Price and freshman Ty Gibson torched Bothell for a combined 46 points as the Eagles won, 67-54, to advance to the Feb. 17 KingCo Conference 4A boys championship game against Garfield. Issaquah and Garfield, a 65-45 winner over Redmond, meet at 8:15 p.m. Both teams advance to the state regionals.

Price netted 17 of his 22 points in the first half, while Gibson knocked down six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 24 points.

“That was a lot of fun,” Gibson said with a smile. “Once we hit a couple of shots we just let them fly. We’ve been hot lately and we have lots of confidence.”

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Liberty girls shock Lake Washington to reach KingCo title game

February 8, 2012

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 2012

Aspen Winegar and Sierra Carlson hit clutch fourth-quarter shots Tuesday as they led the Liberty High School girls basketball team to a 42-41 upset victory against second-seeded Lake Washington in the KingCo Conference 3A tournament semifinals at Bellevue College.

Liberty, 16-6, will meet Bellevue at 8:15 p.m. Thursday for the KingCo title at Bellevue College. Bellevue surprised Juanita, the regular-season league champion, 52-50 in overtime in the other semifinal.

The Patriots had lost twice to Lake Washington during the regular season. Although Liberty got off to a promising start in the third meeting by shooting to a 17-10 first-quarter lead, the Patriots had to battle from behind to pull out the upset.

Lake Washington led 23-22 at halftime and held 32-26 lead going into the final quarter. Liberty outscored Lake Washington 16-9 in the final period.

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No. 3 Skyline boys basketball team edges Bothell in OT, 65-61

February 7, 2012

There was a time not so long ago when Lucas Shannon’s Skyline High School basketball coaches almost forbid him from shooting.

Once known as a defensive stopper only, Shannon has ratcheted up his offensive game.

The 6-foot-7 senior had a career-high 27 points, including six in overtime, and added 13 rebounds as third-ranked Skyline beat visiting Bothell, 65-61, Feb. 3 in a KingCo Conference 4A boys basketball game.

“It’s been a long journey here from sixth or seventh grade, when I wasn’t supposed to shoot the ball much,” said Shannon, who will play at Saint Martin’s next year.

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Skyline boys basketball team wraps up Crest Division title

February 1, 2012

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Feb. 1, 2012 

The Skyline High School boys basketball team wrapped up the KingCo Conference 4A regular season Crest Division title Tuesday when the Spartans defeated visiting Issaquah 46-39.

Skyline, which has two games left to play, boosted its league record to 11-1. The Spartans have a three-game lead on second-place Redmond.

Issaquah, 5-7, remained in a tie with Newport for third place in the Crest Division. Skyline, Issaquah and Newport all advance to next week’s KingCo 4A tournament.

Skyline shot to a 13-9 first quarter lead but Issaquah rallied in the second period to hold a 21-16 halftime advantage. The Spartans outscored Issaquah 16-5 in the third quarter to take the lead for good.

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Issaquah exacts revenge in Eastlake rematch

January 31, 2012

The second time around was much better for the Issaquah High School boys basketball team.

Earlier this season when the Eagles played Eastlake, they could not hit the broad side of a barn much less connect from outside on their 3-point shots. Issaquah went 0-27 from the 3-point range in that game and lost, 68-61.

But on Jan. 27, the Eagles were more on target, hitting 10 of 21 3-point attempts en route to an 83-59 KingCo Conference 4A triumph against the visiting Wolves.

Nick Price led the Eagles with 24 points to share game-high honors with Eastlake’s Brandon Lester.

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Issaquah High School’s Nick Price continues to rise

January 24, 2012

Issaquah High School senior Nick Price entered this week ranked third among KingCo Conference 4A scorers. Price is averaging 21.5 points a game for the Eagles, who are 4-4 in league play and 10-4 for the season.

“He is having another good season,” Issaquah coach Jason Griffith said. “He has had a successful career individually, but I think what is making this a special year for him is this is the first time he has been on a team that is really in the mix for the playoffs.”

Issaquah is third in the Crest Division. The top four teams in each division advance to the KingCo Conference tournament next month.

In his last game on Jan. 13, Price scored 23 points but the Eagles lost to host Redmond, 68-60. Redmond outscored Issaquah 28-20 in the final quarter.

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Issaquah boys basketball team shoots down Bothell

January 11, 2012

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Jan 11, 2012

Point guard Brian Watson, often overshadowed by his high-scoring teammate Nick Price, had his best game of the season Jan. 10 when the Issaquah High School boys basketball team whipped visiting Bothell 79-68 in a Kingco Conference 4A contest.

Watson scored 19 points, which included hitting 3 of 3 3-point field goal shots and going 4-for-4 at the free throw line. He also had three assists, three steals and six rebounds to pretty much fill out the stat sheet.

Price, Issaquah’s leading scorer on the season, led the Eagles with 23 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and had two assists. Fletcher Martin added 15 points, 10 rebounds and two assists for Issaquah.

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