Skyline's boys dropped Bucklin 56-30; the Lady T-Birds fell 50-24 on the road Tuesday

A big second quarter by the Skyline boys basketball team lifted them to a 56-30 win at Bucklin to begin 2018 on Tuesday night. The Lady T-Birds did not get the New Year off to as good a start, getting doubled up 50-24 by the Red Aces.

In the boys game, the score was knotted at 8 after the first period, but then the Thunderbirds went off- pouring through 21 points to Bucklin's 9 in Q2 to forge a 29-17 halftime lead. Cade Swonger had two long balls and Tyler Tobin also had 6 points to pace the T-Birds in Q2. “We couldn’t make a shot to save our lives in the first quarter,” SHS head coach Kenny Eddy explained. “But things picked up in the second quarter when we hit a couple of 3s.”

Sam Fisher (6) and Tobin (7) did most of SHS' damage in Q3 as they extended their lead to 44-27.

Ryan Adams swished through a trio of trifectas in the final stanza as Skyline put the exclamation point on the win, outscoring the Bucklins 12-3 over the final eight minutes to end up with the 56-30 victory.

“Full court man defense was key for us throughout the game,” Coach Eddy said. “Bucklin was a physical, scrappy team. They're always fun to play against.”

Skyline 8 21 15 12 56

Bucklin 8   9 10   3 30

SHS scoring: Tyler Tobin 17, Adams 9, Swonger 8, Sam Fisher 8, Schmidt 5, Steve Fisher 4, Carson Lee 3, Colby Shriver 2

The Lady Thunderbirds could never get much going offensively against Bucklin, as the hosts rolled to a 50-24 win. Skyline did not post double digits in any frame, nor did any of the T-Birds get into double figures individually.

The Red Aces jumped on Skyline at the outset, going up 18-7 after one stanza. An 11-3 frame in Q2 put Skyline in a 29-10 hole at halftime, and they would not make any kind of run in the second half to get the game any closer.

"We had a rough night top to bottom," acknowledged Skyline head girls coach Morgan Ballard. "We struggled to value the ball in our offense, found ourselves out of position on defense, and rebounded the ball poorly."

"I have to do a better job of preparing and holding us responsible on the defensive end," Ballard continued. "Everybody has offensive struggles from time to time, but defense and rebounding are something that should be consistent each night.”

“We have a great opportunity to get a few wins over the next couple of weeks if we can put this loss out of mind and play ball the way we know we can," Coach Ballard concluded.

Gracie Bricker led the Thunderbird effort with 8 points.

Skyline 7 3 7 7 24

Bucklin 18 11 11 10 50

Bricker 8, Cook 7, Burgardt 4, Gamble 2, Hamm 2, Flora 1

The Skyline basketball teams will host Attica on Friday.