The Skyline girls’ basketball team entered the opening round of sub-state as slight underdogs to South Central. They were almost able to pull off the upset Monday night, falling 45-44 in a heartbreaker to bring their season to an abrupt halt.
The Skyline girls’ basketball team entered the opening round of sub-state as slight underdogs to South Central. They were almost able to pull off the upset Monday night, falling 45-44 in a heartbreaker to bring their season to an abrupt halt. From the outset, it was apparent that points were going to have to be earned in this game. Both teams brought a determined defense with them to the contest. The T-Wolves took a narrow 7-6 lead halfway through the opening frame on the strength of 5 free throws. Then Taylor DeWeese got open for three easy buckets and Kadi Richardson converted an old school 3-point play to give the Lady Thunderbirds an 11-9 lead. Fouls continued to plague SHS, as three T-Wolves freebies contributed to their retaking the lead, 14-11 after the first eight minutes. The second quarter saw defenses in control for the first part of it. Mycha Owens hit a bucket early, then Kamryn Stark scored 4 points and Brooke Fisher hit a 3 to get the game tied at 20 with 2:08 left to play in the half. South Central scored the final 6 points to take a 26-20 lead at the intermission. After halftime, offensive woes continued for both sides for a number of minutes. Toward the end of Q3, Fisher made a hoop, Betsy Giles scored in transition, DeWeese had a put-back and Stark made a freebie. The T-Wolves were up just 31-27 heading into the final quarter. Skyline took the lead early in Q4. First, Richardson hit a 15-footer. On the next possession, she was sent to the charity stripe where she made the first. On the second, DeWeese scored a Windex bucket and it was 32-31 T-Birds. Stark and Richardson each made buckets to extend the T-Bird lead to five, 36-31. South Central got back in the game with a 3-ball and from the free throw line, taking advantage of SHS’ foul trouble. By 2:28, SC had reduced their deficit to 38-37. Over the final few minutes, the game went back and forth. The Timberwolves would score, then Skyline would break the full-court pressure and score to regain the lead. With 4.3 seconds left the T-Wolves scored yet again to go ahead 45-44. The T-Birds were unable to get off a solid shot in the time remaining and South Central had escaped the valiant Skyline upset effort, 45-44. With the victory, South Central advances to the sub-state semifinals and Skyline’s season comes to a frustrating end. Skyline girls 11 9 7 17 44 SouthCentl 14 12 5 14 45 Owens 2, Giles 2, Kamryn Stark 11, Kadi Richardson 10, Taylor DeWeese 14, Fisher 5