Skyline boys beat Attica Friday night 61-58 in overtime. SHS girls lost 42-23.
With leading scorer Tyler Tobin sidelined by the concussion protocol, it was going to be up to the other T-Birds to step up if Skyline was going to hang with Attica Friday night at the Thunderdome. And step up they did.
It took overtime, but SHS continued their winning streak with a 61-58 victory.
“We had the best bench,” was Skyline boys head coach Kenny Eddy’s explanantion for what made the difference in the game. “With Tyler out, we had other kids step up. Some were playing out of position and things got a little awkward at times, but they got the job done. Our 7,8,and 9 guys really came through for us.”
The game was tight throughout with numerous lead changes and momentum swings, but neither squad was ever able to put much distance between themselves and their opponents. Steve Fisher was doing more than his share to help Skyline’s cause, scoring 25 points on the night.
The score was 27-26 Skyline at halftime. In Q3, Attica connected several times from the arc to keep pace with the T-Birds who were running some nice offensive sets, pick-and-rolls and backdoor cuts. Heading to the fourth quarter Skyline still led just 42-40.
The tension was thick as Q4 proceeded. Skyline was up by a few and ran clock looking for a good shot or to get fouled. Skyline hit some big freebies to stay on top, but Attica hit two 3s in the final minutes to get the game knotted at 54 and it was OT.
In overtime, Mark Schmidt scored on a hustle play, then made a pair from the charity stripe. Carson Lee converted a successful 4-corners play and SHS was ahead 60-56 with 20 seconds left.
After a time out, Attica (who enjoyed a size advantage) went alley-oop to draw within 2.
On the ensuing play, Sam Fisher was fouled and made 1 free throw. Attica’s desperation 3 at the buzzer was off the mark and the Thunderbirds had pulled off the 61-58 overtime win.
SHS scoring: Steve Fisher 25, Mark Schmidt 12, Sam Fisher 10, Carson Lee 10, Nik Montgomery 4
The Lady T-Birds’ night wasn’t as successful as they struggled to score for most of the game and lost to Attica 42-23.
They were in the contest after the first period, trailing just 8-6. However, an 8-0 run by the Lady Bulldogs to begin Q2 boosted their lead to double digits and they never looked back.
The core was 28-15 at the intermission, and neither team lit it up in the second half, but the Bulldogs got away with the 42-23 win.
“I told the girls after the game that we have to find our identity as a team,” SHS head girls coach Morgan Ballard said. "It’s not really a question of hustle, or going hard, or heart... It’s just a question of who are we going to be?”
As to the lack of scoring, Ballard pointed out that the Thunderbirds had probably missed 30 points worth of bunnies on the night.
SHS scoring: Hamm 5, Cook 2, Burgardt 3, Flora 2, Bricker 4, Keeling 1, Wright 4, Nation 2
The Thunderbirds will host Pretty Prairie on Tuesday.