Pair of 11-0 runs sink thoughts of an Islander upset against No. 2-ranked Issaquah
Last year Leroy Lutu injured his hand playing football for the football team. This year the Mercer Island senior opted out of football during the fall to guarantee himself a healthy beginning to the basketball season. That plan has paid off — and then some.
This season has been a move away from the past for the Mercer Island girls basketball team. The Islanders have developed a killer instinct this season against the low and mid-tier teams in 3A KingCo and have been competitive against the best squads in the league. But one element that the team can’t seem to break away from is scoring droughts.
Neither the boys nor girls Mercer Island High School basketball teams made it to the finals of their respective tournaments in California, but both proved they can play with some of the best teams in the west.
Coming off their good showing in the Desert Heat Invitational during winter break, the Mercer Island boys basketball players used what they learned in California to dominate Newport and Skyline to start the second half of the regular season.
The Mercer Island girls have had problems with the start to the second half of games. That problem now includes the bigger picture or the regular season as the Islanders returned from winter break by losing to both Skyline and Newport.