Girls basketball | Issaquah seals KingCo regular season crown

Issaquah sewed up the KingCo 4A regular season crown Wednesday night with a 69-57 home victory over Newport.

Issaquah sewed up the KingCo 4A regular season crown Wednesday night with a 69-57 home victory over Newport.

The Eagles trailed 35-34 at halftime, but turned up the defense in the second half — holding the Knights to just eight points in the third quarter.

Issaquah senior Alexa Smith led all scorers with 22 points. Freshman Blaire Brady had 15 and sophomore Dayna Talley scored 12.

Issaquah improved to 12-3 in league and 14-5 overall, clinching the top seed in the KingCo conference. The Eagles wrap up their regular season with a game at rival Skyline at 6:30 p.m., Friday. The KingCo 4A playoffs begin Wednesday, Feb. 18. Issaquah will host the No. 8 KingCo team at 7:30 p.m.

Skyline stays in playoff hunt

Skyline kept its playoff hopes alive Wednesday night, beating Redmond 58-50.

The Spartans battled toe-to-toe with the Mustangs before pulling away in the fourth quarter.

Senior Carlie Wolken led all scorers, tying a season-high with 23 points. Senior Lindsey Perry added 18 for Skyline.

The Spartans improved to 8-7 in league and 10-8 overall. They moved into a three-way tie with Woodinville and Redmond for the last two KingCo 4A playoff spots. Skyline hosts rival Issaquah at 6:30 p.m., for their final regular season game. A victory could result in a seed anywhere between No. 5 and 8. A loss, and hope isn’t lost, but the Spartans will need either a Redmond or Woodinville loss to stay alive.

Eastlake tripped up by Garfield

Eastlake let a seven-point halftime advantage slip away Wednesday night, falling 56-51 to Garfield on the road.

The Wolves struggled in the third quarter, scoring just six points and falling behind 43-38.

Senior Ellie Martinez scored 19 for Eastlake. Junior Alyssa Charlston contributed 12, while the Bulldogs’ DeAndreney Dillard-Brown led all scorers with 22.

Eastlake fell to 10-5 in league and 12-6 overall. The Wolves have clinched a playoff berth, but seeding will depend on Friday’s result against rival Redmond. Tip off is set for 6:30 p.m. at Redmond High. Eastlake has one more game the following day at 1 p.m., at home against non-league Heritage.