The Skyline boys basketball team went 3-0 to win the T-Bird Classic last week
The key win for the Skyline boys basketball team hosting their own T-Bird Classic last week probably came on Tuesday when they hung on to narrowly beat Medicine Lodge 49-45. The weekend games against Pretty Prairie and Cunningham were nowhere near that tense as the Thunderbirds coasted to the championship with relatively easy wins over the Bulldogs and the Wildcats.
On Friday, Skyline just gradually pulled away from Pretty Prairie- outscoring them in every quarter, particularly in the second half. Tyler Tobin had 11 points to lead the T-Birds while Cade Swonger had 10 off the bench. Sam Fisher added 9 and Carson Lee 6 in a nice team effort.
Skyline 13 6 15 14 48
PrettyPr 12 3 8 12 35
Saturday's game was really a mismatch as Cunningham simply didn't have the horses to hang with a Thunderbird team that was hitting on all cylinders. Having already lost convincingly to the two teams Skyline had handled earlier in the Classic, the Wildcats were just frankly outmanned and it was going to take a miracle for Skyline not to dismantle them. There was no divine intervention, and the T-Birds posted a 58-12 victory that wasn't as close as even that lopsided score would suggest.
The Thunderbirds played well, and Cunningham had a rough night. At one point, the Wildcats literally committed a turnover on an uncontested throw-in. SHS head coach Kenny Eddy went to his bench early, often and deep. The only person on Eddy's bench not to see playing time was the towel manager. 11 different players scored. Full court pressure was abandoned.
Other than quit playing, there wasn't much else Skyline could have done to keep Cunningham in the game. "In a game like that, you just have to concentrate on executing everything," Coach Eddy said. "You just have to play the same way even though you're way ahead."
"I was most proud of the way our kids handled the sportsmanship aspect," Eddy added, as the T-Birds did not taunt or hot dog despite being the obviously superior team.
Tobin and Swonger shared scoring honors with 12. Also scoring were Steve Fisher (3), Cooper Gates (5), Mark Schmidt (2), Sam Fisher (6), Colby Shriver (5), Ryan Adams (6), Nik Montgomery (2), Eliazar Carrasco (1) and Jackson Dunn (4).
The victory made Skyline's boys 3-0 in the Classic and enabled them to claim the 1st place hardware.
"We improved offensively throughout the tournament," Coach Eddy observed. "And for the most part, we played solid d."
Skyline 23 20 12 3 58
Cunning 1 3 4 4 12
The Lady Thunderbirds did not fare as well as their male counterparts, losing all three of their match-ups in the Classic. After suffering a 34-31 defeat to ML on Tuesday, the girls dropped a heartbreaker to Pretty Prairie on Friday 49-46, then fell to Classic girls champion Cunningham 51-27 on Saturday.
Against Pretty Prairie, Gracie Bricker had 17 points, Hallee Burgardt 13 and Mackenzie Wright 7. Bricker had another 17 point effort against Cunningham while Kailey Hamm added 5.
T-Birds winning tournament awards included: Cooper Gates, 2nd in free throw contest w/ 44; Gracie Bricker, 1st in 3 pt shooting w/ 22; Tyler Tobin, 1st in 3 pt shooting w/ 28.
Hallee Burgardt, Gracie Bricker and Sam Fisher were named to the All-Tournament team and Tyler Tobin was awarded tournament MVP.
Skyline will host Kinsley on Tuesday.