Skyline, Woodinville pack bags for state / KingCo 4A Girls Basketball
Skyline outlasted seventh-ranked Issaquah 58-55 and Woodinville beat Eastlake 61-56 to earn state berths and reach the KingCo title game.
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KIRKLAND — For Morgan Farrar, it looked like a night at the improv.
The 5-foot-9 junior guard scored just two baskets, but they were the two biggest of the game as Skyline earned a rare 58-55 overtime victory over seventh-ranked Issaquah Saturday night at Juanita High School.
The victory in the winner-to-state game sent the Spartans (16-7) to the KingCo 4A tournament title game against Woodinville at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Juanita. Woodinville also qualified for state, beating Eastlake 61-56 in the other KingCo semifinal.
Issaquah (16-6) must win three games to qualify for a state berth, starting with a loser-out game against Garfield on Tuesday.
The left-handed Farrar's running bank shot as the shot clock ran down put Skyline ahead for good, 56-55, with 36 seconds remaining. The difficult shot, along with Megan Wiedeman's breakaway fast-break layin with 2.6 seconds left, pushed the Spartans to state for the first time since 2007.
"We were having some trouble getting into our offensive sets to get going and we were running out of time on the shot clock," said Farrar, who had nine points, three assists and was 5 of 5 from the foul line.
"Everyone was just like, 'Shoot it, go for it.' My coach always tells me to never shoot running layups, but I just went for it, because we were running out of time.
"It paid off, I guess."
Skyline had only beaten Issaquah twice since 2007 before Saturday's landmark win.
Farrar converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 1:01 on a driving basket — again with the shot clock winding down — and free throw to knot the score at 50-50.
"The and-one was just awesome, because we needed it to tie it up," said Farrar. "I went with my instinct on that last one. I'm always the one going across the key, and I practice those a lot.
"I've always shot those since I was little. They are risky. I just went with my instinct."
That's where it stood to force overtime. Issaquah had the final chance, but Maddey Pflaumer's drive at the top of the lane was stripped by Michelle Bretl as time expired.
"Every game we've played with Issaquah has been exciting," said Skyline coach Greg Bruns. "Somehow, some way that rivalry just lives and lives every year. The kids always get excited about playing Issaquah.
To lose twice to them in the season, and then win the one to get to state, is so exciting."
Michelle Bretl supplied 14 points, four steals and two blocked shots for Skyline. She was 7 of 9 from the floor. Lindsey Nicholson led the Spartans with 15 points and Wiedeman chipped in with eight points, 11 rebounds, three steals and three blocks.
Woodinville 61, Eastlake 56 (winner to state)
Melissa Gilkey sank two clinching free throws with 1.9 seconds left as the Falcons (18-5) upended fifth-ranked Eastlake for the second time this season to get back to state for the first time since 2006.
Gilkey finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Ali Forde, who had missed two games to rest her sore right knee, piled up 13 points, 14 rebounds, seven blocked shots, six assists and five steals as the Falcons won their 10th in a row.
Carmen Vasailatos chimed in with 10 points and three assists. Kim Frost added seven assists.
Eastlake (19-3) must win three games to qualify for state, starting with a loser-out game against Inglemoor (14-8) on Tuesday at Juanita at 3 p.m. Kendra Morrison led the Wolves with 14 points and Lauren Files and Caleigh McCabe added 13 each. Eastlake had its 10-game win streak snapped despite rallying after trailing by as many as 13.