In the Tuesday game at Minneola, the Lady T-Birds outscored their opponents in every quarter, taking a commanding 28-9 lead into the halftime locker room and then dispatching the Wildcats efficiently in the second half.
Janessa Davis and Alyssa Swonger played well inside for Skyline, each putting up double figures (13 and 10 points respectively.) The biggest difference in the game was shooting efficiency. The Skyliners simply made a larger percentage of their shots than did the Wildcats. For the contest, Minneola only connected on 17% of their field goal attempts while Skyline hit at almost twice that rate, 32%.
Rebounding was even, 32 apiece. The Thunderbirds forced the Wildcats into a few more turnovers than they had—27-22—but that wasn’t enough to account for the huge score differential. It basically just came down to: Skyline shot the ball better than Minneola on that night.
Besides Davis and Swonger, a couple of other T-Birds had good stretches in the game. Morgan Flowers paced Skyline in the second stanza, scoring all six of her points in that quarter. Brooke Fisher canned 6 of her 9 points in the closing frame to lead the T-Bird’s 4th quarter effort.
Skyline 12 16 13 8 49
Minneola 2 7 4 4 17
Owens 1-0-0/2-2; Davis 3-0-7/12-13; Flowers 3-0-0-6; Swonger 5-0-0-10; Koirth 1-0-0-2; Neilfert 1-0-0-2; Stark 1-1-0-5; Fisher 1-2-1/2-9
On Friday night, the Skyline girls hosted Ashland, dropping a 38-31 tilt on for what could most charitably be described as an off-night for the T-Birds. Skyline seemed to have “the slows” most of the night, a little out of synch, tentative offensively and ½ step behind on defense.
The night began well enough for the Lady T-Birds, jumping to a 15-10 lead after the first quarter. But then they went ice cold, not scoring at all in the second frame, and facing a 28-24 deficit at halftime.
Skyline came out with more movement against the Ashland Bluejays in the second half, and Kaitlyn Stark began to find the range, hitting 4 treys in the second half. Unfortunately, only 4 other points were scored by the other T-Birds and Skyline ended up falling 38-31 to the Bluejays.
Skyline 15 0 9 7 31
Ashland 10 11 7 10 38
Davis 5; Flowers 2; Swonger 2; Richardson 3; Stark 16; Fisher 3