Issaquah Eagles senior guard Luci Stewart (pictured) received a boisterous ovation after being subbed out of the game with 1:59 left in regulation against the Mount Si Wildcats. Stewart finished with a game-high 20 points on senior night in front of the hometown fans in her final regular season home game. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

Issaquah Eagles senior guard Luci Stewart (pictured) received a boisterous ovation after being subbed out of the game with 1:59 left in regulation against the Mount Si Wildcats. Stewart finished with a game-high 20 points on senior night in front of the hometown fans in her final regular season home game. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

Eagles girls basketball team conquers Wildcats on senior night

Issaquah senior Luci Stewart finishes with 20 points in home finale.

With 1:59 left in regulation, Issaquah Eagles head coach Jackie Bykonen gave one of her favorite players of all time an opportunity to take a curtain call in front of the hometown fans on senior night.

Issaquah senior Luci Stewart, who scored a game-high 20 points in the final regular season home game of her high school career, propelled Issaquah to a convincing 55-23 victory against the Mount Si Wildcats on Jan. 25 in Issaquah. Issaquah improved its overall record to 12-7 with the win while Mount Si dropped to 10-9 overall.

“Luci is probably one of my favorite athletes that I have ever coached. Her attitude and her work ethic is just incredible. She is one of those athletes who just brings it all the time, no matter what kind of day she is having,” Bykonen said. “She always has the same energy and intensity whether it is a practice or a game. She is just a joy to coach. We’re going to miss her a lot.”

The game remained close in the first half of play. Midway through the second quarter, Mount Si senior guard Jenae Usselman, who scored a team-high 10 points in the loss, connected on a 3-pointer, cutting Issaquah’s lead to 21-16.

It was the closest the Wildcats would get to decreasing the Eagles’ lead for the remainder of the game. Issaquah outscored Mount Si 34-7 down the stretch en route to victory. Bykonen said her team’s adjustments in the second quarter made a huge difference down the stretch.

“We tried to pressure them a little bit more in the full court. We just moved the ball better offensively and focused on reversing the basketball. We tried to attack the gaps in their zone (defense),” Bykonen said.

Stewart will never forget her final home game on the hardwood.

“Senior night is something you think about since your freshman year so I’m really glad we got the win tonight. I really love playing basketball, so every game is exciting but this was really special,” Stewart said.

Mount Si Wildcats head coach Jason Marr remained upbeat despite the defeat on the road.

“We had four starters out (due to injuries). The girls battled as hard as they could for as long as they could. I’m proud of them,” Marr said. “There was a couple of shots that if they would had maybe went the other way, it could have been a different scenario. We played hard tonight and played good defensively. We just couldn’t get the offense going.”

More in Sports

Eagles ready to take off

Issaquah football begins new season under first-year coach.

Glad to be on board the local sports scene

Fall sports are on the horizon.

Sights set on college

Three former ISC Gunners commit to play college soccer.

Sportswriter Shaun Scott interviews an Issaquah Eagles girls soccer player Sarah Kim during the 2018 season. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Thanks for the memories, Issaquah

Sportswriter Shaun Scott leaves Sound Publishing after 59 months on the job.

Eastlake ready to compete in Junior League Softball World Series

District 9 champs will play the Philippines in opener in Kirkland.

Peacocks roam the neighborhood of Beards Cove in sportswriter Shaun Scott’s childhood hometown of Belfair. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Running alongside a beautiful creature

Peacocks roam the streets of the neighborhood I grew up in.

Doug Crandall (pictured in the black Nike sweatshirt) was hired as the new Issaquah Eagles girls basketball head coach in late May. Crandall is pictured with his wife Stephanie and children Timmy, Jason, John and Mackenzie while attending the state track meet at Mount Tahoma High School in late May. Photo courtesy of the Crandall family
Crandall will lead the Eagles girls basketball program

Former head coach Kathy Gibson will be Issaquah’s varsity assistant coach.

Issaquah Eagles boys basketball player Charlie Dietiker (No. 32) corrals a rebound against the Skyline Spartans during the 2018-19 season. Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography
Eagles are sharpening their hardwood skills this summer

Issaquah boys basketball team looking to build on stellar 2018-19 season.

Issaquah to host Sports Medicine Combine

Lake Sammamish State Park will be the site of an exciting extravaganza.

Emily Day, left, and Kelley Larsen, right, battle it out at the net during the women’s championship match at 2019 AVP Seattle Open on June 23 at Lake Sammamish State Park. Photo courtesy of Robert Beck
Larsen/Stockman capture a coveted title

Doubles team earns its first championship together.

Jeremy Casebeer blocks a shot attempt by Taylor Crabb during the 2019 AVP Seattle Open men’s championship match on June 23 at Lake Sammamish State Park. Photo courtesy of Robert Beck
Casebeer/Schalk capture a championship

Dominant doubles duo hoists a trophy.