Indians clinch division title, thwart Wildcat bid

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The Issaquah Indians, with a strong second half defensive effort, clinched the Kingco 3A Valley Division title outright with a 53-37 girls' basketball victory last Saturday at Mount Si High School.

The Wildcats squad played hard throughout the game, but it wasn't enough.

Point guard Kathryn Field led all scorers with 16 for Issaquah, while Mount Si was led by senior post Nicci Landdeck's 10 points.

Issaquah's defense resulted in some cold shooting for Mount Si as the Wildcats were held to only 13 points in the second half, with the team making only four three-pointers all day.

"Yeah, we did have a little trouble hitting our shots tonight, but the most important thing was that we never gave up, and our energy was awesome . . . we were so intense all night long," said junior forward Sabrina Porterfield.

Mount Si coach Dirk Hansen, despite his team's defeat, was proud of his players for their effort throughout the regular season.

"We feel good about our season. We feel good about our playoff potential and our girls are excited about our next game," Hansen said. "13-6 is an excellent, excellent regular season record. If you would have told me at the beginning of this season that we were going to be 13-6, I would have been astonished, and I'm so proud of my girls."

Evidence of Mount Si's resilience started right off the bat when sophomore guard Whitney Beyerlin hit a three for Mount Si to open the scoring. Mount Si held the lead for the better part of the first quarter, increasing that lead as high as six points before guard Beth Knudtson put the Indians up for good.

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