Garrison Carr learned a year ago that he couldn't fell Mercer Island on his own. The Issaquah star senior had some help as the sixth-ranked Eagles rallied to knock off Mercer Island...

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ISSAQUAH — Garrison Carr learned a year ago that he couldn’t fell Mercer Island on his own. The Issaquah star senior had some help as the sixth-ranked Eagles rallied to knock off the Islanders 58-55 last night to take sole possession of first place in KingCo 3A Conference boys basketball.

“The difference between last year and this year is that we are more experienced,” said Carr, who started as a sophomore on Issaquah’s state-runner-up squad in 2003.

“We’re trying to erase the memories of last year, and this one helps.”

Carr scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half. Junior Brendon Frye added 16 points and sank three three-pointers for the Eagles (6-0 overall, 3-0 league), who erased a 13-point deficit.

“Coach has been telling me to take the shot, so I decided that was what I would do tonight,” Frye said. “Garrison has faith in the rest of us. He knows we’ll be there when he needs us.”

After missing his first six three-point attempts, Carr finally connected from long range to tie the score 37-37 with 1:37 left in the third quarter. Moments later, Frye sank another three to give Issaquah its first lead, ending the third quarter.

“The team showed its character, having to battle back against such a well-disciplined team as Mercer Island,” said Issaquah coach Jeff Patrick.

Carr, who came in averaging 27.6 points per game, struggled for nearly three quarters. He shot just 5 of 19 from the field but was 9 of 10 at the free-throw line with three steals, and sealed the victory with a big defensive rebound with 9.5 seconds remaining.

Mercer Island (3-2, 2-1), the defending conference champion, had not lost to a KingCo 3A opponent since Issaquah’s win in the state semifinals two seasons ago.

Ryan Iani led the Islanders with 17 points, five rebounds and three blocks. Noah Blakney added nine points and six rebounds.

Other boys games

At Mount Si 61, Sammamish 55

The Wildcats (4-1, 2-1) rallied after trailing 46-44 going into the fourth quarter of the KingCo 3A game. Erik Tierney had 17 points and Kevin Englund 14 for Mount Si. Thomas Bright of the Totems (2-2, 1-1) scored 25.

Cleveland 103, at Foster 37

The Eagles (4-2) hit triple digits in a nonleague win over the Bulldogs (2-3).

At White River 62,

Newington College (Australia) 42

Junior forward Scott Snodgrass had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Tyler Nixon added 12 points and six assists for the Hornets (3-3).

Girls games

Newport 65, at Liberty 60

Newport recovered from a slow start and rallied in the fourth quarter for a KingCo 3A win. Liberty led by four through three quarters. Tricia Dixon scored 22 for the Knights (3-3, 2-1). Ashley Hayes and Sarah Laws each scored 15 for the Patriots (3-3, 1-2).

Issaquah 58, at Mercer Island 29

The seventh-ranked Eagles (5-2, 3-0) jetted to a 16-5 lead through one quarter in a KingCo 3A win over the Islanders (1-5, 0-3).

Mount Si 53, at Sammamish 33

Whitney Beyerlin hit three-pointers on four consecutive possessions in the first quarter as Mount Si raced to a 20-3 lead against winless Sammamish (0-6, 0-3 KingCo 3A). Beyerlin finished with 16 points for the Wildcats (4-2, 2-1).

Bellevue 60, at Lake Washington 44

Catherine Quehrn got all nine of her points on a trio of three-pointers during a 21-9 third-quarter run by the Wolverines (3-1) that broke open the nonleague game. Lauren Coombs scored 14 points for Bellevue, ranked 10th in Class 3A. Megan Sanders had 15 to lead the Kangs (3-1).

King’s 67, at Mount Rainier 41

The Class 2A Knights (4-0) notched their third straight convincing victory over a bigger school behind Sara Mosiman’s 23 points and five steals and Hayley Zevenbergen’s 13 points and eight rebounds. King’s has also trounced Class 4A Bothell (69-44) and 4A Port Angeles (73-44).