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SECTION C THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SPORTS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009 More sports/C2-3 Classifieds/C4-5 Police & Fire/C5 Schools/C6 t Ea es maintain division lead with 48-35 victory BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER "We just got outplayed, out- worked," said Eastlake coach Scott Sartorius. "Issaquah came to play. They were disciplined and they were aggressive. They make it re- ally hard for you to get into your offense and to execute, and we didn't really respond to that pres- sure." The key for Issaquah was to maintain its composure through- out what was, at times, a sloppy, out-of-control foul-fest. The two teams committed nearly 40 fouls between them. Maintain composure on offense is just what Issaquah senior guard Erin Nicol did down the stretch. She entertained the sparse crowd with a couple of circuslike layups BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER If you hold the opposing team to nine points in the first two quarters of a game for the top spot in KingCo 4A Crest Division, you've got it made. That's what the Issaquah High School girls did against the East- lake Wolves Jan. 24 at Issaquah High School. And despite an 11-2 Eastlake run in the third quarter, the Lady Eagles (8-1, 10-3) held it together long enough to outscore and out- hustle the visiting Lady Wolves (7- 3, 9-4). Issaquah maintained its spot atop the division with a 48-35 win. Issaquah senior fonvard Alexa Smith tries to block Eastlake forward Ellie Martinez's shot. in the fourth quarter, thanks to some creative passing from her teammates. With just over a minute left, she caught a sneaky pass from the left side and tossed it up as she sailed under the hoop, out of bounds. "I made a couple of baskets, but I was just the recipient of a couple of good passes," Nicol said after the game. "I can't take credit for just making the layup. It was a good pass." She led all scorers with 19 points, well above her average of 12.1 points per game. "Erin always plays so hard," Is- saquah coach Kathy Gibson said. "To get that production from her is awesome." The win was a culmination of Is- saquah's composure on offense and consistency on defense. "I think we played really well as a team," Nicol said. "We handled the press better than we have in the past, and I think that it's helped that we've played a lot of teams that have put a lot of pres- sure on us and so we were more patient today." The Eagles led 25-9 at the half, but the Wolves, a strong second- half team, used it as a comeback opportunity. "When we're down by that much, we know that we're a better team. We tell ourselves, 'We need to come out in their faces," said Eastlake senior forward Ellie Mar- tinez. However, the energy boost was too little, too late. See EAGLES, Page C2 BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Issequah senior guard Efln Nicol draws the foul as she drives to the basket against Eastlake. Liberty soccer player signs to take her game to Gonzaga BY JIM FEEHAN When Kelsey Werre injured her right knee 10 months ago during a soccer game, she thought her playing days were over. The Liberty High School player had made a verbal com- mitment in November 2007 to play for Gonzaga University, and she feared her scholarship would be rescinded. She soon got a phone call from Shannon Stiles, the head coach of the Gonzaga soccer team. "She said, 'You get better and come give your heart and soul for us at Gonzaga,'" Werre said. "She went on to say, 'We're going to honor your full ride.'" Werre injured her knee play- ing for her club sport team, Washington Premier FC. She was initially told she had a dis- located kneecap, but a subse- quent MRI revealed she had torn her anterior cruciate liga- ment. The injury would prevent her from playing most of her senior year. She came back to play the last three regular sea- son games, including scoring an assist in the 2-1 victory against Bellevue. "That was so rewarding, be- cause we hadn't beaten Belle- vue in years," she said. Werre made second-team All KingCo 3A her junior year. She had earned honorable mention recognition her freshman and sophomore years. "I can't say enough good things about Kelsey," said Dar- ren Tremblay, head coach of the Liberty girls soccer team. "She's just a top-notch player. She has all the tools to succeed at the next level with her char- See WERRE, Page C2 Transition game key to Issaquah win over Eastlake BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Issaquah senior froward Robby Primrose gets the ball against Eastlake defenders. The lssaquah High School Ea- gles' recent work during practice on defensive cohesiveness finally paid off over the weekend against the Eastlake Wolves. After losing to Redmond Jan. 23, the Eagles managed to stay tight on defense and power through the Wolves' sometimes weak transition defense to come away with a 57-49 win Jan. 24 at Issaquah High School. "We've been exercising trying to play together as a defense, and in general just playing together," Is- saquah senior guard Ross Zuhl said after the game. "After (Fri- day's) loss, we really just wanted to come out here and get a vic- tory." Zuhl finished the game with 20 points, leading all scorers. Issaquah improved to 6-3 in conference play and 7-6 overall, See ISSAQUAH, Page c2 Spartan grapplers finish strong against Newport BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Skyline High School junior Danny Christianson had 38 sec- onds to make his move. He was down 3-1 in the final period of his 160-pound bout against Newport's Ali Saribas. They had been deadlocked for the duration of the round, but Christianson scored two points with a takedown in the final sec- onds and sent it into overtime. "I just had to set it up and be patient for it, because a lot of times I get impatient and that's where I get in trouble," Christian- son said. They had one minute to finish it off, but all it took after the two staggered across the mat for a few seconds was a two-point takedown by Christianson. He won 5-3 and capped offSky- line's 42-22 win against the Knights Jan. 22 at the Skyline gym. The victory put the Spartans at 4-2 in league dual meets this sea- son and stifled Newport's bid for a third straight dual-meet win. "We got a little outhustled," said Newport coach Michael Chenoweth after the match. "I think we were a little tired -- this was our third in a row, so the guys were feeling it a little bit, hut no excuses." Skyline senior standout Nolan Richards led the charge to outhus- tle Newport. He pulled off the fastest win, when he pinned the Knights' Kevin Erickson in 52 sec- onds in the 130-pound match. "I didn't really want to get messed up with him," Richards said. "I just shot my shot and got him." Richards said he is now 20-8 on the season and is setting his sights on a return trip to the state tour- namont. He hopes to place eighth or better in 2009. See SPARTANS, Page C3 BY C~REG ]PARRAR Katie Grewden, Liberty senior guard, lifts a shot to the basket in the first quarter as Mount Si freshman post Sarah McDonald chases from behind. Wake-up call works for Liberty girls BY RYAN PIERSOI, The Patriots trailed 24-18 Once the fear of losing became real, there was no question the Liberty High School girls basket- ball team was going to win. Aided by double-figure scoring from both Corinna VanHurston and Halie Ericksen, the Patriots overcame a small second-half deficit to defeat league rival Mount Si 44-39 at home Jan. 23. Liberty controlled the game in the first haft, but a quick 9-0 run by the Wildcats to begin the third period gave the visitors a 6-point lead. That was all the incentive the Patriots needed, as they re- sponded with a 14-0 streak of their own and never trailed again. "We were full-court pressing and got a couple of easy hoops. They got a little rattled and some things went our way," Liberty head coach Randy Leifer said. "We needed to try something to get the game turned around." when the momentum swing be- gan with a 3-pointer on the wing from VanHurston. Layups by Alexis Court and Ericksen were followed by another VanHurston 3-pointer and, before the period ended, Liberty had suddenly seized a 30-24 advantage. VanHurston addedanother field goal to extend the run to 14- 0 early in the fourth period. After Mount Si finally scored, Liberty got four straight points from Er- icksen to make it 37-26 and es- sentially put the game away. "Sometimes, we really click well as a team and get the whole team's momentum going. And as soon as we start clicking, we're tough to stop," VanHurston said. 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