Everyone has come to expect something clutch from Issaquah High School guard Garrison Carr. Carr's game just keeps growing. And, so does his legend. Carr scored a game-high 33...

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BELLEVUE — Everyone has come to expect something clutch from Issaquah High School guard Garrison Carr.

Carr’s game just keeps growing. And, so does his legend.

Carr scored a game-high 33 points, including the winning basket with 27 seconds left, as 12th-ranked Issaquah escaped with a 60-59 victory over eighth-ranked Interlake last night in a KingCo 3A Conference boys basketball game.

“I like taking pressure shots,” said Carr, a senior in his fourth year on varsity and headed to American University in Washington, D.C. “I like taking shots with the game on the line.”

The 5-foot-11 mighty mite delivered an off-balance, driving runner in the lane to wipe out a 59-58 Interlake lead. The win wasn’t sealed until Interlake senior Bryce Brigham, who had 29 points, missed a 16-footer in traffic along the left baseline as time expired.

“I saw all kinds of things on that last shot,” said Brigham, who took an official visit to Navy for basketball and is mulling some football offers. “I saw victory, but it was long. I thought it was in. Somehow it doesn’t fall.”

Brigham knew what to expect when Carr got Issaquah’s final touch.

“When it comes down to it, he’s usually there for a clutch shot,” Brigham said of the Eagles’ leading scorer, who came in averaging 26.3 points. “I was hoping for it not to go in, but when it did, I thought I might get a shot at it.”

Issaquah (5-0 overall, 2-0 league) forced the host Saints (3-2, 0-2) into 21 turnovers, including 14 after halftime.

Nine of Interlake’s miscues came in the third quarter as Issaquah opened with 16-5 run in the first 5:04 of the half for a 48-41 lead. The Saints led by as many as six points in the first half.

The Saints regained the lead 54-53 on Brigham’s drive along the left baseline with 3:57 left. Brigham gave Interlake its final lead at 59-58 on a three-pointer from the left corner with 1:06 remaining after Sven Gasser gave the Eagles a 58-56 edge on a turnaround jumper with 1:21 to go.

Carr finished with 18 points in the second half despite the Eagles attempting to find other offensive options.

“For us to ultimately be successful, we’re going to have to find another person to step up and score,” Issaquah coach Jeff Patrick said. “Even though Garrison’s an unbelievable basketball player, he’s only one man. We’re fighting our way through it and if we get there, we have a chance to be better.”

Mount Si hands Liberty first loss

SNOQUALMIE — Rachel Travis’ basket with 30 seconds remaining gave Mount Si a 54-52 KingCo 3A Conference girls basketball victory over visiting Liberty last night, handing the Patriots their first defeat.

Junior forward Tori Ewing’s game-high 20 points and 11 rebounds helped the Wildcats (2-2 overall, 1-1 KingCo) get their first conference victory.

Ashley Hayes led Liberty (3-1, 1-1) with 14 points.

Other girls games

At Newport 71, Mercer Island 36

Tricia Dixon, a junior guard, had 24 points, 10 rebounds and six steals, and her Knights capitalized on 35 turnovers by the Islanders (1-3, 0-2). Kalla Vavra added 17 points and six assists for Newport (2-2, 1-1), which trailed 15-14 before going on a 20-5 run to close the first half.

At Bellevue 68, Sammamish 17

Gretchen Buchberger had 14 points, eight steals, five assists and four rebounds and led four double-figure scorers for the 10th-ranked Wolverines (2-1, 2-0). Sammamish (0-5, 0-2) trailed 17-2 after one quarter.

At Issaquah 61, Interlake 24

Danielle Bue scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and had seven rebounds for the eighth-ranked Eagles (3-2, 2-0), who raced to a 22-1 first-quarter lead against the Saints (1-4, 1-1).

Boys games

Mount Si 48, at Liberty 47

Kevin Englund’s two free throws with less than a minute remaining gave Mount Si a four-point lead. A Liberty three-pointer before the buzzer cut the final margin to one. Englund scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter for the Wildcats (2-1, 1-1). Noah Bartholomew had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Anthony Kane scored all 11 of his points in the second quarter for the Patriots (1-3, 0-2).

At Mercer Island 51, Newport 40

Senior guard Alex Stuck had 16 points and nine rebounds for the No. 11 Islanders (2-1, 2-0), who took command early and led 29-18 at halftime. Carter Newhof came off the bench to score 10 for Mercer Island. Daniel Hagensen and Brandon Mezistrano each scored 11 for the Knights (1-1, 0-1).