Skyline's boys and girls both defeated Fowler on Friday night.
If you're a high school basketball team, it's always good to enter the holiday break on a high note. The Skyline boys basketball team has now won 5 straight after opening the season with a loss to highly regarded St. John.
The most recent victim of the Thunderbirds onslaught was Fowler last Friday. The T-Birds did not allow the excitement of many of them leaving for Florida the next morning on the Skyline Music Department trip to interfere with their performance in their final pre-holiday game.
It was, frankly, no contest as the visiting T-Birds roughed up their hosts 60-26. Skyline took a 35-6 lead into halftime over the Goldbugs and it was all over but the shouting. The Thunderbirds were able to get reserves playing time in the second half, and even so, Skyline outscored Fowler 25-20 following intermission.
The key to the lopsided victory was the Thunderbirds' suffocating defensive pressure in the early going, particularly in the backcourt. Fowler had trouble advancing the ball into the scoring zones, and when they did, Skyline was likely to rebound the errant shot.
"Our defense was pretty solid throughout the first half," SHS head coach Kenny Eddy understated, "and we rebounded really well. We pressured them full court for the first half and created a lot of turnovers."
Sophomore Sam Fisher had an outstanding game with 22 points, 14 rebounds, and 9 steals. Tyler Tobin had 16 points, Cade Swonger had 8 points, and Carson Lee had 6 points.
Skyline also dominated the glass as they had four players with 5 or more rebounds.
The Skyline girls also picked up a win, downing Fowler 34-21.
Following the Christmas break, the Thunderbird basketball teams will return to action January 2 with a trip to Bucklin.