Issaquah, Skyline girls basketball teams reach semifinals

February 9, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 9, 2012 

The Issaquah and Skyline High School girls basketball teams are moving on to the semifinals of the KingCo Conference 4A Tournament after both teams won their Wednesday first-round games.

Issaquah routed visiting Roosevelt 76-40 while Skyline topped visiting Garfield 55-47.

On Saturday, Issaquah plays Crown Division champion Woodinville at 6:30 p.m. at Juanita High School. Skyline plays rival Eastlake at 8:15 p.m. at Juanita. The semifinal winners earn berths to the Class 4A regionals.

Twelve players scored for Issaquah, which made quick work of Roosevelt, the No. 3 Crown Division entry. Issaquah’s Mackenzie Wieburg scored a game-high 22 points. Mandie Hill added 12 points. Monica Landdeck contributed nine points and Aimee Brakken had eight points as Issaquah, the Crest Division No. 2 team, went to 16-5 on the season.

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Eagles’ girls team takes second place in Crest

February 7, 2012

Issaquah finished second in the Crest Division Feb. 4, when the Eagles defeated host Newport, 62-40.

The Eagles shot to a 17-7 first quarter lead and steadily pulled away for the victory. Norton scored a game-high 13 points for the Eagles. Aimee Brakken and Mandie Hill each had nine points for Issaquah.

On Feb. 2, Issaquah cruised by Ballard, 60-30, in the Eagles’ home finale.

Issaquah went up by eight points in the first quarter and held a commanding 28-15 halftime advantage. Hill led all players with 11 points. Quincey Gibson and Monica Landdeck each had 10 points.

Issaquah finished league play with a 10-4 record, one game behind first-place Skyline and one game ahead of third-place Eastlake.

The Eagles, 15-5 overall, host Roosevelt at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the first round of the KingCo tournament.

Liberty girls basketball team finishes third in KingCo

February 3, 2012

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3, 2012

The Liberty High School girls basketball team bounced back from two tough losses earlier this week to defeat visiting Mount Si 57-46 Thursday in the Patriots’ final regular-season contest.

Liberty finished third in the KingCo Conference 3A/2A standings with a 10-4 record. The Patriots, 14-6 overall, host Mercer Island at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in the opening round of the league tournament.

The Patriots, who lost to co-leaders Lake Washington and Juanita earlier in the week, shot to a 17-12 first-quarter lead against Mount Si and never looked back. Liberty held a commanding 27-17 halftime lead on Senior Night.

Appropriately for the Patriots, seniors played a major part in the victory. Senior Aspen Winegar scored a game-high 17 points. Seniors Stephanie Year, Megan Tsutakawa and Morgan Safley contributed nine, seven and three points respectively. Sophomore Sierra Carlson added 16 points.

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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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Eagles win latest bout of Crest contenders, 62-48

January 31, 2012

Caleigh McCabe (right), Eastlake High School senior guard, looks for an open teammate under the basket as Issaquah’s Quincey Gibson (left) and Ali Mendezona defend during the second quarter. By Greg Farrar

Like a lot of automobile engines during the winter, the Issaquah High School girls basketball team had problems getting started in its games earlier this season.

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Skyline boys hold off Redmond in KingCo 4A thriller

January 26, 2012

NEW — 9 a.m. Jan. 26, 2012

Skyline High School senior guard Will Parker hit four free throws in the final 22 seconds Tuesday as the No. 3-ranked Spartans held off No. 4 Redmond 60-56 in a KingCo Conference 4A Crest Division boys basketball showdown.

The host Spartans boosted their division-leading record to 8-1 while Redmond dropped to 6-3 and remained in second place.

Skyline got off to a hot start and led by seven points after the first quarter. The Spartans held the lead at halftime. However, Redmond rallied in the third quarter to take a brief lead. Jason Harrington, of Redmond, scored 11 of his game-high 25 points in the third quarter to spark the Mustangs.

Skyline regained the lead in the final quarter and stayed in front down the stretch.

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Tight races in girls basketball

January 24, 2012

When we last had basketball, there were some tight races going on in KingCo Conference girls basketball.

In the KingCo 4A Crest Division, Skyline was in first place with a 6-2 record with Eastlake and Issaquah tied for second at 5-3.

Skyline’s Megan Wiedeman entered this week ninth among KingCo 4A scoring leaders, averaging 13 points a game. However, what makes the Spartans tough to defend is opponents never know who else will step up and have the hot hand. Eight Spartans have scored in double figures this season.

On Jan. 11, when Skyline defeated Garfield 69-59, Wiedeman scored a season-high 21 points, but Allie Wyszynski had 17 points, and Morgan Farrar and Lacy Nicholson each had 10 points. It was the first time this season that Farrar and Nicholson scored in double figures.

Haley Smith, Rachel Shim, Shelby Kassuba and Susie Tinker are other Skyline players who have scored 10 or more points in a game.

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Alyssa Shoji still knocking down 3s

January 24, 2012

Santa Clara University guard Alyssa Shoji, a former Issaquah High School basketball standout, continues to rank among the nation’s top 3-point shooters.

Shoji, a senior, averages 3.6 3s per game, third in the country. She also ranks third in 3-point shooting percentage for the season at 48.8.

For the season, Shoji is averaging 15.6 points per game.

On Jan. 20, she hit five treys and scored 17 points but Santa Clara lost to Gonzaga, 81-68, in West Coast Conference action. Shoji also hit five treys Jan. 6 when Santa Clara defeated the University of Portland, 78-63.

Eagles girls basketball team downs Bothell, Redmond

January 17, 2012

Issaquah won twice last week to move into a tie with Eastlake for second place in the tight Crest Division.

On Jan. 11, Issaquah overcame a slow start but still cruised by host Bothell, 58-28.

Bothell, winless this season, held a surprising 9-7 lead after the first quarter. However, Issaquah outscored the Cougars 17-5 in the second quarter and steadily pulled away for the victory. Issaquah’s Mandie Hill and Mackenzie Wieburg each had 15 points to share game-high honors. Quincey Gibson added eight points.

Kendra Heyer topped Bothell with seven points.

On Jan. 13, Issaquah pulled away to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 53-38 victory against host Redmond.

Issaquah wrestlers entertain alumni with two wins

January 12, 2012

NEW — 3:10 p.m. Jan. 12, 2012

The Issaquah High School wrestling program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, gave its alumni a lot to cheer about Jan. 11 when the Eagles defeated two visiting teams in KingCo Conference 4A action.

On Alumni Night, Issaquah overwhelmed Garfield 66-12 and downed Woodinville 54-24.

In the Garfield match, Torre Eaton (106), Jordan Hamilton (113), Louden Ivey (120), Max Tickman (126), Almen Thorpe (132), Jerdon Helgeson (138), Joe Tonnemaker (145), and Tucker Brumley (170) all had pins for Issaquah.

In the Woodinville match, Spencer Tickman (106), Thorpe, Taylor Evans (152), Andrew Ramirez (170) and Matt Solusod (220) registered pins for the Eagles. Tonnemaker won his match by a technical fall and Helgeson won with a major decision.

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