Skyline was disappointed by a 43-40 win over Kinsley earlier this week, but Friday’s road battle with top-ranked Fowler was an encouraging loss.


Skyline was disappointed by a 43-40 win over Kinsley earlier this week, but Friday’s road battle with top-ranked Fowler was an encouraging loss.

“We walked away from this game feeling pretty good about our performance,” Coach Justin Miltner said. “I was real impressed with our effort.”

The T-Birds led for a short time during the third quarter, Easton Burgardt played to his potential with 15 points, and the squad finally began hitting from outside — especially Brennan Stotts who knocked down four 3-pointers. The boys even held their own on the boards against their much larger opponents.

“We went into halftime down by 2 at 30-28,” Miltner recalled. “We took the lead early in the third, and then (Fowler) went on a little run. They had a 9-point lead going into the fourth.”

The T-Birds were able to narrow that margin but were forced to foul to try to retake the lead. That brought the Goldbugs to the foul line and extended their lead again until the buzzer.

It was a physical game, Miltner said. A push or a shove in another direction or a different call by an official could made the difference in the contest.

“It could have gone either way,” he said. “We played the style of basketball we wanted to play. We rebounded pretty well. I won’t say we won the boards, but we battled pretty well for our size.”

Stotts led the team with 20 points, most of it while in foul trouble. He was followed by Burgardt’s 15. Aaron Hirt and Brandon Baird both added 6 to the total while Brandon Broce contributed 5. Jake Harts and Chase Lykins hit for 2 apiece.

The T-Birds’ are back on the court next against formerly ranked Chase after the Christmas break. Miltner knows little about the squad except that the roster records a number of players over six feet. The T-Birds are looking forward to the contest.