Eagles win 52-51 after buzzer-beating shot is waived off

January 10, 2012

Megan Wiedeman, Skyline High School senior post, watches her last-ditch effort head toward the hoop as Issaquah senior guard Taryn Holmes defends. Officials ruled the shot was made after time expired, handing the Spartans a 51-52 loss By Greg Farrar.

Skyline High School basketball players and coaches might still be talking about Megan Wiedeman’s near-buzzer-beating shot Jan. 6 against host Issaquah.

Wiedeman, the Spartans’ standout senior post, almost won the game at literally the last second in the packed Issaquah High School gymnasium. She made the 22-footer, but the officials ruled it no good after it rolled off of her fingertips just a split second after time expired.

“I thought we won,” Skyline coach Greg Bruns said.

So did Skyline’s fans. The last-second theatrics sent both student sections into an uproar. But as quickly as Skyline’s fans thought their team had executed a textbook come-from-behind victory, the Eagles’ faithful ultimately reveled in the victory over its district rival.

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Skyline girls basketball team overpower Oregon squad

January 3, 2012

The Skyline High School girls basketball team had too much firepower for Redmond, Ore., Dec. 28 as the Spartans cruised to a 61-22 victory at the Coeur d’Alene Invitational Holiday Classic at North Idaho College.

Skyline shot to a 13-5 first-quarter lead and stretched its lead to 35-9 at halftime.

Allie Wyszynski led the Spartans with 20 points. Megan Wiedeman added 10 points for Skyline, which is 1-1 in the tournament.

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Former Issaquah guard hits seven treys

January 3, 2012

Former Issaquah High School basketball standout Alyssa Shoji scored a season-high 25 points Dec. 22 to help the Santa Clara University women’s basketball team defeat Sacramento State, 96-76.

Shoji, a senior, hit seven of nine 3-point shots. She needs just five more 3-pointers to set the school record for 3-point field goals.

In addition to her shooting, Shoji had eight assists.

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Liberty boys basketball team downs Highline in nonleague game

December 22, 2011

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Dec. 22, 2011 

Ben Wessell scored 11 points and Tynan Gilmore had 10 points Wednesday as they led the Liberty High School boys basketball team to a 53-44 nonleague victory against visiting Highline.

Liberty jumped to a 11-10 first-quarter lead and held a 26-19 halftime lead. The Patriots pulled away to a commanding 13-point lead in the third quarter.

Jordan West added eight points and Matt Campbell for Liberty, which evened its season record at 4-4.

Highline’s Marcus Dolan led all players with 19 points.

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Issaquah High School boys basketball guard hits for 41

December 21, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Dec. 21, 2011

Issaquah High School senior guard Nick Price practically got overlooked by almost all the KingCo Conference Crest Division boys basketball coaches when it came to picking last year’s all-league teams. He did manage to get honorable mention despite leading his division in scoring.

But that was last year. The way he has been hitting lately, Price should have no problem attaining higher honors.

Price scored a season-high 41 points Tuesday as he sparked the Eagles to a 86-78 KingCo 4A victory against host Inglemoor.

Last Friday Price scored 30 points when the Eagles lost to Eastlake. Against Inglemoor, he connected on 16 of 23 shots, including 4 of 8 from the three-point range.

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Eagles girls basketball team falls in overtime, 73-67

December 20, 2011

Quincey Gibson (10), Issaquah High School sophomore point guard, looks from the floor for an open teammate as Eastlake High School senior guard Abby Carlson defends during the fourth quarter Dec. 16 at Eastlake High School. By Christopher Huber

With less than a minute to go and her team down by two, Eastlake High School junior guard Caleigh McCabe knew she had to do something. She hit the “reset” button in her head, focused and executed when it mattered most.

She hit a game-tying lay-up with 30 seconds remaining against the visiting Issaquah Eagles, which ultimately sent the game into overtime.

“I tried to block it out — make it like it was zero-zero,” said McCabe, who finished the game with 13 points.

That shot proved to be the second chance the Wolves needed Dec. 16 as they ultimately beat Issaquah, 73-67, in overtime. McCabe hit a go-ahead 3-pointer that gave the Wolves the momentum to finish the job.

Eastlake improved to 4-0 in KingCo Conference 4A play and went to 4-2 for the season. The Wolves snapped a three-game winning streak for Issaquah. The Eagles dropped to 1-2 in KingCo and 5-3 overall.

Issaquah overcame a first-quarter deficit after the Wolves got out to a quick 15-6 lead. The Eagles led 31-28 at halftime and increased their lead to 48-42 after an especially strong and balanced third quarter. Eastlake missed its fair share of short shots, while the Eagles pressured hard all the way down the court.

“I thought we had the momentum,” Issaquah coach Kathy Gibson said. “Most of the time we had good ball pressure.”

McCabe said the key to beating Crest Division rival Issaquah was executing on offense and a desire to win. At times, the Wolves had a tough time executing, as the Eagles controlled the tempo and scored more consistently throughout. And despite a six-point deficit starting the fourth quarter, Eastlake proved it could finish well. It scored 18 points in the fourth and outscored Issaquah 13-7 in overtime.

“We wanted it more. We just needed to show it,” McCabe said.

Eastlake finished the night with six 3-pointers. As a team, it made 22 of 36 free throw attempts, a statistic Gibson acknowledged was a huge factor in Eastlake tying it up and then pulling away in overtime. Eastlake was eight-for-16 from the line through three quarters.

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Issaquah girls basketball team nets 57-47 win over Newport

December 13, 2011

Taryn Holmes (15), Issaquah High School senior guard, is defended by Newport High School senior wing Chanel Dotson during the first quarter Dec. 9, in a game won 57-47 by the Eagles. By Greg Farrar

As Issaquah High School’s leading scorer, averaging 14.7 points per game, sophomore point guard Mandie Hill knows the importance of a shored-up offense.

But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t recognize when her basketball team, which is 4-2 for the season, still has improvements to make on the other end of the court.

“We realize we need to play as a team,” Hill said. “We’re really focused on defense. Our offense … we’re getting it. But our defense, we’re really close to the help position, we’re so close that it ends up being a foul. We just have to work harder there, but we’re going to be good contenders.”

Hill, who had a season-high 23 points in Issaquah’s 57-47 KingCo Conference 4A win over the visiting Newport Knights on Dec. 9, said the team, which has only three seniors, is starting to come into its own.

“Our chemistry is getting there,” she said. “We’re a young team, I’m new here… and everyone has been so great. We love each other, we’re like sisters.”

Issaquah coach Kathy Gibson agreed that continued improvement defensively will be the key to the team’s success as it looks forward to conference play.

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Issaquah girls basketball team gets third consecutive win

December 13, 2011

NEW — 9:45 a.m. Dec. 13, 2011 

The Issaquah High School girls basketball team stormed back in the second half Monday to defeat visiting Edmonds-Woodway 59-47 in a nonleague contest.

The victory was third third straight for Issaquah, which is 5-2 on the season.

Issaquah trailed by one point at halftime but outscored Edmonds-Woodway 19-11 in the third quarter to take command of the contest.

Mackenzie Wieburg, of Issaquah, led all players with 16 points. Teammates Monica Landdeck and Aimee Brakken scored 14 and 10 points respectively.

The Eagles, 1-1 in KingCo Conference 4A action, play at 6:30 p.m. at Eastlake on Friday.

In one league encounter Dec. 12, Eastlake nipped Newport 51-50. Kendra Morrison led Eastlake with 16 points.

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Unbeaten Patriots basketball team overcomes Bellevue

December 8, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball team overcame a nine-point halftime deficit Wednesday and rallied for a 50-47 KingCo Conference 3A/2A victory against host Bellevue.

Liberty, 2-0 in league and 4-0 overall, trailed 30-21 at halftime. However, the Patriots shot ahead in the third quarter by outscoring Bellevue 14-4.

Delane Agnew paced Liberty with 14 points. Aspen Winegar added 13 points and Sierra Carlson had six points for Liberty.

Bellevue’s Katie Savard led all players with 19 points.

In other league action, it was Mercer Island 48, Sammamish 36; Juanita 52, Lake Washington 40; and Mount Si 53, Interlake 37.

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Issaquah girls basketball team goes 2-1 in tournament

December 6, 2011

The Issaquah girls had a 2-1 record last week in the Northwest Invitational Tournament at Southridge High School in Beaverton, Ore.

Issaquah dropped its season opener Dec. 1 when the Eagles lost to Central Catholic, of Portland, Ore., 70-52, in the first round. Ngozi Monu led the Eagles with 12 points. Mackenzie Wieburg added seven points.

Issaquah bounced back Dec. 2 to beat LaGrande, Ore., 65-41. The Eagles blew out LaGrande 20-4 in the first quarter and held a comfortable 34-10 halftime lead. Aimee Brakken and Mandie Hill each had 12 points to lead Issaquah. Wieburg and Monu each had 10 points.

On Dec. 3, Issaquah defeated Battle Ground, 66-30. Hill paced Issaquah with 18 points and Wieburg had nine points.

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