Patriots post impressive basketball wins

January 3, 2012

Liberty’s 8-1 start is best in years

Adele Payant (left), Liberty High School sophomore center, and Hazen High School sophomore forward Gabby Brower chase after a rebound late during the third quarter Dec. 22. By Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School girls basketball team is off to one of its best starts in recent years.

Through Dec. 29, the Patriots had fashioned an 8-1 overall record. In KingCo Conference 3A/2A play, Liberty sat in first place with a 4-0 mark.

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Eagles’ boys basketball team wins tournament opener

December 29, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Dec. 29, 2011 

Nick Price scored 17 points and Fletcher Martin added 14 points as the Issaquah High School boys basketball team defeated GP Vanier, of British Columbia, 77-33 Wednesday in the opening round of the Oregon Les Schwab Holiday Tournament in Bend, Ore.

Issaquah shot to a 15-6 first-quarter lead and held a commanding 47-17 advantage at halftime.

Jake Henke contributed eight points and Drew Danner seven points for Issaquah, which is 7-1 on the season.

In other holiday action, Skyline ran into Lincoln, of New York, one of the nation’s traditional powers, and lost 48-39 at the prestigious MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. Skyline almost caught Lincoln in the fourth quarter.

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Liberty girls basketball team rallies by Mercer Island

December 20, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball team staged a tremendous fourth-quarter rally Dec. 15 as the Patriots overcame visiting Mercer Island, 45-41, in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A contest.

Liberty trailed 35-20 with five minutes left in the game but outscored Mercer Island, 25-6, down the stretch to win the game.

Aspen Winegar had 14 points to lead Liberty. Sierra Carlson added nine points and Delane Agnew scored eight points as Liberty improved its league-leading record to 4-0. The Patriots are 6-0 for the season.

Mercer Island’s Krista Brackman led all players with 15 points.

Liberty girls basketball team rallies by Mercer Island

December 16, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Dec. 16, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball team staged a tremendous fourth-quarter rally Thursday as the Patriots overcome visiting Mercer Island 45-41 in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A contest.

Liberty trailed 35-20 with five minutes left in the game but outscored Mercer Island 25-6 down the stretch to win the game.

Aspen Winegar had 14 points to lead Liberty. Sierra Carlson added nine points and Delane Agnew eight points as Liberty improved its league-leading record to 4-0. The Patriots are 6-0 on the season.

Mercer Island’s Krista Brackman led all players with 15 points.

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Liberty girls basketball team wins fourth straight

December 13, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball team overcame a nine-point halftime deficit Dec. 7 and rallied for a 50-47 KingCo Conference 3A/2A victory against host Bellevue.

Liberty, 2-0 in the 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.

On Dec. 5, Liberty built up a 16-point first half lead and rolled to a 63-54 nonleague victory against visiting Newport,

Liberty shot to a 17-13 first quarter lead, and then blew out Newport 14-2 in the second period.

Winegar paced the victorious Patriots with 19 points. Carlson and Stephanie Yea each tallied 14 points.

Spartans win KingCo 4A girls basketball opener

The Skyline High School girls basketball team broke open a tight game by outscoring visiting Roosevelt, 18-4, in the third quarter en route to a 53-36 victory in the KingCo Conference 4A opener for both teams.

Skyline led 22-19 at halftime before pulling away in the second half.

Allie Wyszynski led Skyline with 14 points and Megan Wiedeman added 13 points. Rachel Shim and Haley Smith each had eight points for Skyline, 2-1 in the season.

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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Liberty girls basketball team opens with wins

December 6, 2011

The Liberty girls team rallied in the second half Dec. 2 to defeat host Sammamish, 39-34, in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A opener. Liberty trailed by one point at halftime, but surged ahead in the second half to win the game.

Aspen Winegar led the Patriots with 13 points.

On Nov. 29, Liberty shot to a 10-point first quarter lead and stayed in front for good to beat host Sumner, 57-45, in a nonleague game. Winegar led all players with 25 points. Sierra Carlson added 11 points for the Patriots.

Liberty girls basketball team wins third straight game

December 6, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6, 2011 

The Liberty High School girls basketball team build up a 16-point first half lead en route to a 63-54 victory against visiting Newport on Monday in a nonleague victory.

The win was Liberty’s third in three games this season.

Liberty shot to a 17-13 first quarter lead, then blew out Newport 14-2 in the second period.

Aspen Winegar paced the victorious Patriots with 19 points. Sierra Carlson and Stephanie Yea each tallied 14 points.

Eagles, Patriots basketball teams win season openers

November 30, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Nov. 30, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team and the Liberty girls squad both opened their seasons Tuesday with nonleague victories.

The Issaquah boys cruised by host Mount Si 76-36. After a close first quarter that saw Issaquah lead 10-7, the Eagles blew out Mount Si 26-9 in the second quarter and raced away to the victory.

Issaquah senior guard Nick Price hit 8 of 15 shots and finished the night with a game-high 18 points. He also grabbed six rebounds, blocked two shots and had three assists.

Ty Gibson contributed 10 points for the Eagles. Jake Henke added nine points. Ryan Sexton and Grant Bair, who each hit a pair of three-point field goals, each had eight points.

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Trio of Patriots make 3A All-KingCo

March 1, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball program had one of its best seasons in several years this winter.

Among the reasons for the Patriots’ success were the contributions of Danni Sjolander, Aspen Winegar and Halie Ericksen.

Danni Sjolander, Liberty senior forward, puts up a shot against Juanita Feb. 8 at the KingCo 3A basketball tournament. By Greg Farrar

All three Liberty players received post-season honors at they led the Patriots to a 15-10 record.

Sjolander was selected to the 3A/2A All-KingCo Conference girls first team. Winegar and Ericksen were picked for the second team.

The trio helped the Patriots reach the 3A Sea-King District Tournament. Liberty had a 9-5 record in league play and tied for third place.

Sjolander, a 6-foot-1 senior, led the Patriots in scoring by averaging 13.1 points per game. She also averaged 2.1 assists, 2.6 blocks, 7.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals.

“She had a good year,” Liberty coach Randy Leifer said. “She was really the leader of our team.”

Sjolander, a three-year starter, had three games where she scored 20 or more points. She had a season-high game against Mercer Island in December. Sjolander, who ranked third in league scoring, was a versatile player on offense.

“She can shoot both the outside shot and post up,” Leifer said.

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